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Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay Free download ´ All That Man Is ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub David Szalay ¹ 9 Review LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZENine men Each of them at a different stage of life each of them away from home and each of them striving – in the suburbs of Prague beside a Belgian motorway in a cheap Cypriot ho. I ve just found my best book of the yearin a year filled with best books Szalay pronounced SOL loy writes nine stories about men different men each approximately seven years older than the man preceding him The men are Europeans visiting or living in a country not their own The youngest man is seventeen the oldest is seventy three I laughed my way through this tragicomic look at what it means to be a man for Szalay put in than enough to ualify this as the best sort of literatureSome critics have raised the point that a collection of stories about white heterosexual males isn t rounded enough without a diverse population While I crave the author s take on the immigrant experience or that of a black male in London the truth is I want his opinion on everythingwith jokes please He has chosen to share this delicious mordant look at what adherence to the masculine role has done to several generations of white males adrift in their culture and that has produced an entirely sufficient and complete work of art I look forward to what he comes up with nextWomen are the sun and stars about which the stories revolve Their roles appear to be supporting ones waitresses prostitutes mothers wives vacationing lushes but any woman would recognize that there is ample going on behind their eyes Their power is undeniable if only they would seize it A few of them do Szalay fleshes out several of his female characters but the most gorgeous one is never physically described except by the double exclamation Wow Wow That was a wise cop out sparing the author attacks for focusing on a woman s physical charms or for mistakenly forgetting to emphasize a reader s most fantasized about body part The whole collection of stories together are unforgettable in their descriptions of the haplessness of European white males but the amusement we experience is tempered by the knowledge that men like these are responsible for fighting wars closing borders electing nitwits denying climate change and any number of other scourges plaguing our societies Their lack of self examination is our annoyanceMurray Dundee on the Croatia Riveira had me screaming with laughter and weeping tears of hilarity At the beginning of 7 Dundee returns to his mother s memorial service in Scotland sleeping overnight in his sister s house in his nephew s bed He doesn t sleep well though he claims he does Too much thinking going on Murray has hit a few speed bumps settling in Croatia in his attempts to 1 make friends 2 start a business 3 bed a woman A local man Murray can t call a friend short muscular untalkative the sort of man that Murray instinctively defers to suggests Murray might be cursed and he does seem that Murray goes to see a woman about itShe s in a dressing gown A solid surly womanlike someone who sells you a train ticket to Zagreb frowning at you through the perforated glass as you try to explain what it is you want while the ueue lengthens Short hair Little buds of gold in her earlobes Breath that smells of cigarette smoke bacteriaShe says something to Murray in a sharp imperative voice She says you should relax is the translationHe has the weird fear that she s going to ask him to stripThe stories begin strong and just get deeper and richer as we progress though the novel The glitz and glamour and misplaced attention in story 8 brought to mind the outsized ambition of Donald Trump can I ever not see this man in the novels I read but I found myself slowing my reading as the stories went on There is something about the accretion of sorrow and of despair no matter how funny that makes us feel these men There is always the edge of the precipice in sight Each new story presents the prospect of fulfillment would you be happy ifyou took a sun vacation in the Mediterranean Had a luxe apartment in the Alps Took your retirement on the Croatian Riviera Owned a multi storied yacht Unexamined lives and denial bring them therealoneand their fate when they realize it is too late to change anything describes our painIn a Paris Review interview Szalay tells us that he originally thought of calling these linked stories Europa It does seem like a good title but perhaps the current title with the word man in it is appropriate Certainly one gets the sense of Europe in this novel in much of its diversity but the subject is both broader and narrower than that All I can say is if you don t read this one you are missing something very special indeed I won t expect Szalay will top this one immediately isn t that the problem with writing something so very good to begin with but whatever he comes up with will be interesting All my chips on the man with the x ray vision This novel has just won the 2016 Gordon Burns Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Summary All That Man Is

All That Man Is

Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay Free download ´ All That Man Is ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub David Szalay ¹ 9 Review Ous and inarticulate shocking and despicable; vital pitiable hilarious and full of heartfelt longing And as the years chase them down the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st century manhood. In a riff on the Ages of Man four five or seven depending on which classical source you turn to Szalay gives nine vignettes of men trying to figure out what life is all about His antiheroes range from age 17 to 73 Each section has several chapters and follows a similar pattern a man from one European country travels to another European country there are lots of scenes set at airports or otherwise in transit and part of the overall atmosphere of dislocation is simply the effort of having to adjust to foreignnessThese trips are made for various reasons feckless French twentysomething B rnard has been fired by his uncle so goes ahead with a vacation to Cyprus tabloid journalist Kristian flies from Denmark to Spain to confirm rumors of a government minister s involvement in a scandal former oligarch Aleksandr takes his yacht for a farewell Adriatic cruise as he reflects on where his millions went Predictably sex is a major theme reluctant hook ups fantasy lovers affairs regretted wild oats never sown At times especially during 2 I was ready to follow up the title phrase in my best Cockney accent with All That Man Isis a bloody wanker As individual stories there s nothing particularly wrong with these Inevitably though some are interesting than others and they don t uite succeed in feeding into an overarching message unless to confirm a mood of hedonism and angst Life is short and pointless enjoy its moments while you can eh My favorite protagonists were Interrailing teenager Simon 1 and Kristian 5 several of the ones in the middle I ve now forgottenI did like how the final story offered a slightly different sexual dynamic and an unforeseen connection back with the first story But overall I didn t find this to be the philosophical and elegiac experience I might have expected The prose is great though I d certainly read a straightforward novel by SzalayFavorite lines There s this feeling he sometimes has that he s a long way from home That nobody s there for him if it all goes wrong How little we understand about life as it is actually happening The moments fly past like trackside pylons seen from a train window Badger's Parting Gifts pitiable hilarious and full of heartfelt longing And as the years chase them down the stakes become bewilderingly high in this Ostende 1936 Sommer der Freundschaft piercing Die Entwicklung des Sozialismus von der Utopie zur Wissenschaft portrayal of 21st century manhood. In a riff on the Ages of Man four five or seven depending on which classical source you turn to Szalay gives nine vignettes of men trying to figure out what life is all about His antiheroes range from age 17 to 73 Each section has several chapters and follows a similar Ist dieses Buch ansteckend? Erste Hilfe für Hypochonder pattern a man from one European country travels to another European country there are lots of scenes set at airports or otherwise in transit and Magic Platina part of the overall atmosphere of dislocation is simply the effort of having to adjust to foreignnessThese trips are made for various reasons feckless French twentysomething B rnard has been fired by his uncle so goes ahead with a vacation to Cyprus tabloid journalist Kristian flies from Denmark to Spain to confirm rumors of a government minister s involvement in a scandal former oligarch Aleksandr takes his yacht for a farewell Adriatic cruise as he reflects on where his millions went Predictably sex is a major theme reluctant hook ups fantasy lovers affairs regretted wild oats never sown At times especially during 2 I was ready to follow up the title Enemy on the Euphrates phrase in my best Cockney accent with All That Man Isis a bloody wanker As individual stories there s nothing The Epilogue The Selection #31 particularly wrong with these Inevitably though some are interesting than others and they don t uite succeed in feeding into an overarching message unless to confirm a mood of hedonism and angst Life is short and Children of Wrath pointless enjoy its moments while you can eh My favorite Lukes Cut Hells Eight #8 protagonists were Interrailing teenager Simon 1 and Kristian 5 several of the ones in the middle I ve now forgottenI did like how the final story offered a slightly different sexual dynamic and an unforeseen connection back with the first story But overall I didn t find this to be the The Liberation of Sita philosophical and elegiac experience I might have expected The The Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Prince and the Pauper prose is great though I d certainly read a straightforward novel by SzalayFavorite lines There s this feeling he sometimes has that he s a long way from home That nobody s there for him if it all goes wrong How little we understand about life as it is actually happening The moments fly Le Dernier des Justes past like trackside Midnight is a Place pylons seen from a train window

Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay

Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay Free download ´ All That Man Is ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub David Szalay ¹ 9 Review Tel – 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 – ludicr. Leaving aside the over ambitious title for a minute David Szalay s best writing is about ordinary working life the bits of existence disproportionately absent from the world of literary fiction where the jobs most people have are replaced with stories of writers artists and perhaps the odd high flying lawyer That understanding of working life has a chance to come through in some of these nine storiessections about white British or European men of increasing age however I think that only one max out of the Oxford entrant English student the London based Belgian philologist and the Danish tabloid journalist really should have been included as they are just way too litfic cliche The Oxford educated again estate agent isn t exactly representative either but his story did at least have some things to say that are commonly found in the business pages of a newspaper than in novels about commercial matters and the shift of residence patterns in London as of the north side of the river becomes unaffordable even for the traditionally well off Basically there are a lot people from households who have cleaners than people who might be cleaners or who couldn t afford them There were a couple of down at heel types but both were that way because of their own distinctly avoidable errors the lazy stoned French 21 year old Bernard who gets fired from the sinecure his uncle provided and Murray a thoroughly objectionable Scot in his mid fifties who used to work in dodgy sales operations and then emigrated to Croatia I suspect that Murray who on nights out still seems to think he s 25 despite clearly being no catch is a continuation of a character from Szalay s novel London and the South East as he names its protagonist as a former colleague The other man distinctly on his uppers is Russian oligarch Aleksandr and it seems that his mistakes too were the cause of his problems Literary fiction freuently reflects left wing values whether the conservative style philosophy of individual responsibility that comes through in these stories is intentional or reflective of the author or plain coincidental I don t know But it s unobtrusive enough that all but the most strident lefty readers would probably consider it fair play given how modern novels usually skew politicallySome stories although interesting were obviously derivative and therefore felt to an extent like lazy filler especially when added to the fact that part 3 is a reworking of the Szalay piece from the 2013 Granta Best Young British Novelists issue Aleksandr has an awful lot in common with the late Boris Berezovsky and the Copenhagen hack Kristian seemed to have been created after a binge watch of Borgen nearly all the characters share their names with those from that series or The Killing The phoned in impression of the Danish story was increased by poor attention to cultural detail in some matters for instance assuming a British style sensibility on animal welfare which is not uite the case The bigging up of a politician s affair also felt out of step with the times I am not uite sure how these are seen specifically in Denmark but the country has one of the highest divorce rates in the world and a liberal attitude to activities like swinging and in Britain most such affairs are now not the career killers or headlines that they were in the Thatcher and Major yearsA minor problem I ve seen in most of this year s Booker longlist has been authors who are a bit tone deaf in naming characters here Fair enough to have one person who s name s atypical for their age group but doesn t sit right The first story includes seventeen year olds called Simon and Karen names that were most popular in Britain in the 1960s and 70s Szalay was born in 1974 so I wonder if names of his contemporaries at that age came to mind And Dundee as a Scottish surname Combined with Murray Why not exorcise the ghost of Paul Hogan which probably conjured that up and rename to something that actually sounds real And like the pointlessly distracting naming of a character Corbyn in The North Water Tony Parson here seems to have nothing particular to do with his famous near namesake Discussions about whether this book reflects All That Man Is have tended to agree that it doesn t even taking into account its demographic limitations Given my age the lifestyles of men of my acuaintance are closest to less monied versions of Kristian and James but there were uite a lot of sensibilities and interests that felt unrepresented based on my own acuaintance including geeky nerdy science orientated men plus anyone not mainstream culturally or politically and most surprisingly given Szalay s skill at conveying the world of the office grunt there were no non criminal blue collar workers or lower tier service occupations among the protagonists All the characters are travelling across Europe so a lorry or train driver would have been a highly credible addition or a builder or similar migrant worker Meanwhile in two separate stories the buzz of high level politics as a sort of addiction is mentioned which reminded me of accounts of Machiavelli and how he suffered withdrawal symptoms from it when put into exile and was never uite happy again without it despite some literary successAnother review has prompted me to consider the protagonists views of their own manliness certainly a few of them obviously or seem to consider their own achievements as exemplary or that they are basically right and they are not portrayed sympathetically All That Man Is may be heard with a sarcastic tone here Others however are circumspect but most are immersed in their own little worlds at the point when the narrative dips into their lives the likelihood of transcendence broadly increases with age simplistic perhaps but not totally unfoundedSeveral motifs recur through the book part of the argument for considering it a novel rather than a short story collection Listing those I noticed may convey something of its world Iron Man 3 the tarot card the Ace of Wands kebabs Ermenegildo Zegma Stansted airport Barbaresco wine iPads are perhaps too ubiutous to count aside from occasional eccentricities this is a commercial mainstream world predominantly of the sort of man likely to be found in a branch of Burton or Hugo Boss than a bookshop And is the choice of The Sleepwalkers How Europe Went to War in 1914 as read by a chap who was once involved in EU expansion negotiations meant to be a comment on these trivialities that people are emerged in or distract themselves with whilst larger and worrying trends are at workBoredom and the neutral feeling simply of existing are perfectly described perhaps even too much so one might expect to find oneself in a single room in a Travelodge on looking up from the text but what perhaps felt missing most of all was humour humour in the narrative not just rubbish David Brent style jokes by characters but actual humour which is surely necessary in a world of jerry built 2 star hotels getting up at 630am being stuck on crap road trips and yet another trip to the park with the kids and a sense of playfulness and taking such things lightly which rightly or wrongly is something I associate particuarly with men The narrative can sometimes be uite wise with an obvious underlying influece from mindfulness popular Buddhism impermanence as the most enduring constant for instance these moments of stillness and reflection generally increase as the protagonists get older I still prefer my own experience of feeling this very much what the final story keeps returning to whilst looking down at the traffic in a gyratory system on winter evenings from an office block where I used to work It s a scene that would fit very well in this book But I found All That Man Is to be simply the sort of book that chimes with experience rather than one that produces epiphanies or perfect crystallising phrases Beginning in spring Easter holidays and ending in late NovemberDecember is a trick which could work nicely but to me seemed heavy handed The reflectiveness and characters search for direction is also nothing you wouldn t have heard before if you read a lot of this sort of book it s typical litfic material just like all those meditations on the nature and influence of memory To stand out one of these needs to be really special or simply something an individual reader connects with stronglyI may have enumerated negatives than positives here but I mostly enjoyed this book and found it a fast read Perhaps because of its lightness and the way the shortness of the stories mean the author rarely gets his teeth into any one topic it felt like a particularly pure example of literary fiction as a genre it has than enough of the right sort of tropes to be a genre novel they re simply those characteristic of litfic Among my favourite features was that none of the stories end at a point that feels like the end a camera pans away incidentally as if it will be back soon or perhaps runs out of charge it is refreshing to be freed a little from the standard beginning middle and end structure All That Man Is may be too much of its time to be enduring and I would not be at all surprised if despite eschewing too many references to specific websites and devices it seems dated or positively a curious vintage period piece in only five years time All the tarot card descriptions in the book correspond exactly with the Universal Waite images for the relevant cards on this site In case anybody was wondering the first one Murray gets is the Four of Coins


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    Summary All That Man Is PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay Shortlisted for Man Booker prize 201635An interesting collection of short stories about men probably better appreciated by blokes After reading about half of the stories I thought that if this is All Man Is then we are all doomed What I mean is that most of the men in the stories were annoying some even despicable Now after finishing all of

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    PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) I’ve just found my best book of the yearin a year filled with best books Szalay pronounced SOL loy writes nin

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    PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) I found this to be an entirely uneven read the individual short stories not seeming to connect enough to be considered a novel I would rather Szalay had reversed the order the youthful protagonists of the first offering were irritatingly dull and I'm sure it negatively affected my enthusiasm for the rest of the work As the stages of

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    PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay Summary All That Man Is Leaving aside the over ambitious title for a minute David Szalay's best writing is about ordinary working life the bits of existence disproportionately absent from the world of literary fiction where the jobs most people have are replaced with stories of writers artists and perhaps the odd high flying lawyer That understanding of working life has a chance to come through in some of these nine storiessections about white British or Europe

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    Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) David Szalay ¹ 9 Review Having finished reading this year's Man Booker shortlist I decided to go back to the one that eluded me last year I recall that at the time much of the debate was about whether such a disconnected set of stories should be regarded as a novel and having read it now I am not entirely convinced It does have some thematic unity each of the nine parts focuses on a different man in a different part of Europe struggling with

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    Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) I read and loved ‘London and the South East’ an earlier book by David Szalay click here to read my review The day after I finished it this David Szalay’s latest book ‘All That Man Is’ made the 2016 Booker Prize Sh

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    Summary All That Man Is Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ David Szalay David Szalay ¹ 9 Review In a riff on the Ages of Man four five or seven depending on which classical source you turn to Szalay gives nine vignettes of men trying to fig

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    PDF/EBOOK (All That Man Is) Average writer writes average fiction about average men and is nominated for an award bc he captures the average man If i wanted to read this

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