Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving-in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel-to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence, a picture that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life, unforgettably, the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe. And so these nine lives form an ingenious and new kind of novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the twenty-first-century man.
Dark and disturbing, but also often wickedly and uproariously comic, All That Man Is is notable for the acute psychological penetration Szalay brings to bear on his characters, from the working-class ex-grunt to the pompous college student, the middle-aged loser to the Russian oligarch. Szalay is a writer of supreme gifts-a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, relevance, and devastating pathos.
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"Three narrators take listeners on a journey through the lives of nine men, whose ages range from 17 to 73. Se‡n Barrett, Mark Meadows, and Huw Parmenter each take on three of the men's stories. Parmenter's narration of the younger men's listless lives feels ambivalent and leaves the listener wondering if these men are going anywhere. Meadows's steady interpretation of the middle-aged men grounds the work. His voice is the strongest, giving his stories added power. Rounding out the novel, Barrett, with a gruffer sound than the others, paints a picture of the later lives of the final three men. Putting all of the stories together, ALL THAT MAN IS depicts the life of man in the 21st century. A.G.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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