Review: All That Man Is by David Szalay – ISBN 9780771078002

Review: All That Man Is by David Szalay – ISBN 9780771078002

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Title: All That Man Is
Author: David Szalay
ISBN: 9780771078002
Price: $26.00
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Review by Job Patstone

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which is a collection of nine short stories built around the highs and lows of the lives of nine men with whom readers can identify. Although the book appears to be written for men, most women would probably find it intriguing or funny, depending on the story.

If I were to rename this book I would call it Boys Will Be Boys, or Men Will Be Men, since it goes from boys being young and foolish to men being old but still rather foolish.

The author, who has won many awards, is on the 2016 long list for the prestigious Booker Prize and with this latest work offers up a little taste of everything, from humour to desperation, leaving readers with a lot to consider at the end.

As a man of a certain age I can easily relate to most of the stories, and although some seem confusing at the beginning, they all make sense in the end, with normal human beings forced to deal with a complicated reality of their own creation.

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This book is available at Livres Trois Canons – the English Bookstore in Quebec City at Place Naviles.

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