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All That Man Is Audiobook

All That Man Is

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
An ingenious book from the exceptional Granta Best Young British Novelist

Nine men: each of them at a different stage of life, away from home, and striving - in the suburbs of Prague, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive here and now.

Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing.

©2016 David Szalay (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This feels like a great novel driven by its overarching theme: what is my life, here and now, all about? Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." (John Harding, Daily Mail)

"There is everything to relish about this intelligent, moving, thoroughly European search for the meaning of life.... It's hard to imagine listening a better audiobook this year." (Melissa Katsoulis, The Times)

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    Joan Copenhagen, Denmark 08/11/2016
    Joan Copenhagen, Denmark 08/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Woeful men on the edge of a nervous breakdown"

    Makes you realise how few books you know where guys are relentlessly flawed and frail. Each story is like stepping into a nightmare in motion. With each main character imprisoned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Si UK 09/02/2017
    Si UK 09/02/2017 Member Since 2016

    Barely human.

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    "Good, with reservations"

    The narratives are linked tenuously by theme, not by plot, and the book is essentially a compilation of individual short stories. The author writes exceptionally well, lacking pretension and with clarity, although little actually happens for the duration of the book. You get the impression that, for whatever reason, the author has presented us with some of the less interesting events of the characters' lives and whilst this approach goes some way to illustrating the overarching motif, it left me feeling cheated after each transition.

    I've often thought it's a pity the review ratings don't separate narrative and literary ability, never more so than for this particular book.

    Still, I did enjoy listening to such an accomplished presentation and the impressive narration together with the author's linguistic skills made it a four star for me.

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    m 02/02/2017
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    "Compelling and sad"

    A most excellent listen that I am.profpundly glad I listened to and will listen to again. Sad, disturbing insightful and original look at the changing face of manhood through the various stages of life. I am moved by it.

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