All That Is
An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master: a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II. From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a... show more
An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master: a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II. From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when publishing is still largely a private affair—a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and literary careers, Bowman finds that he fits in perfectly. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him—before setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself. Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. It is a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
Publish date: April 2nd 2013
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
There are some books that you take to immediately, some books that grow on you and some books that simply never go anywhere for you. This was one of them for me. It was well written, and for that reason, I commend it, but for many other reasons, I found it lacking. It was page after page of escapade...
I read half of this and suddenly could read not one page further. I'm not even sure why. I liked Bowman (ish) and there were so many interesting parts! His time in the navy during WWII, post-war America, the literary scene in New York. I just got really bored after he met Christine and it was a chor...
This book and its author were ill-served by all the hype that surrounded its publication - just a pleasant, episodic story-of-a-life. Ordinary writing, felt very old-fashioned, like a mid-list novel from the 50s. For a much better novel of this ilk, read William Boyd's ANY HUMAN HEART or Richard Yat...
The feelings All That Is generated in me are similar to my feelings toward my least favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels. That probably means this is actually a good book but I am too shallow to appreciate it.I did love Salter's writing. The craftsmanship behind the sentences is what kept me rea...