A review by js1512
All That Man Is by David Szalay

challenging reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Definitely blows hot and cold between its multiple short stories. However I rate it 3.75 because the stories that are successful (in particular stories 3-5, number 7 and especially- what I believe to be the standout section of this book- the 9th and final story)  are incredibly successful and well written. 

The book well demonstrates the experience of male life throughout years, however veers somewhat into repetition, an excessive amount of London-centric plots, and certain descriptions of women which make parts difficult to enjoy.

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