read Þ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë David SzalayAbout them There are other collection of short stories that really were outstanding novels Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans and The Tsar of Love and Techno instantly come to mind and that s rather what I expected rom these nineIndeed I was not the right audience an American woman All it left me
wondering was is that all there is Having inished reading this year s Man Booker shortlist I decided towas is that all there is Having inished reading this year s Man Booker shortlist I decided to 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 ocuses on a different man in a different part of Europe struggling with a crisis of confidence and they do get progressively older as the book goes on but apart rom that the stories have nothing in commonFor me the later stories were interesting Szalay is clearly a versatile writer and creates some memorable situations and the stories are unny at times but he doesn t spare his characters much sympathy I hope the title was intended to be ironic otherwise Szalay has a very bleak view of his ellow manAn interesting read possibly worthy of its shortlist place but I didn t see it deserving than that In a riff on the Ages of Man Natural Blonde fourive or seven depending on which classical source you turn to Szalay gives nine vignettes of men trying to igure out what life is all about His antiheroes range rom age 17 to 73 Each section has several chapters and Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans follows a similar pattern a manrom 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 Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda foreignnessThese trips are madeor various reasons eckless French twentysomething B rnard has been ired by his uncle so goes ahead with a vacation to Cyprus tabloid journalist Kristian Infestation fliesrom Denmark to Spain to confirm rumors of a government minister s involvement in a scandal If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song former oligarch Aleksandr takes his yachtor a arewell Adriatic cruise as he reflects on where his millions went Predictably "sex is a major theme reluctant hook ups antasy lovers affairs regretted wild oats never " is a major theme reluctant hook ups fantasy lovers affairs regretted wild oats never At times especially during 2 I was ready to ollow up lovers affairs regretted wild oats never At times especially during 2 I was ready to ollow up 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 eeding 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 A coerência textual favorite protagonists were Interrailing teenager Simon 1 and Kristian 5 several of the ones in the middle I ve noworgottenI did like how the Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller final story offered a slightly different sexual dynamic and an unforeseen connection back with theirst story But overall I didn t Dogs Behaving Badly 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 thiseeling he sometimes has that he s a long way First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There from home That nobody s thereor him if it all goes wrong How little we understand about life as it is actually happening The moments Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm fly past like trackside pylons seenrom a train windo. Ous and inarticulate shocking and despicable; vital pitiable hilarious and April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers full of heartfelt longing And as the years chase them down the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of 21st century manhood. Then you ve likely read the publisher s blurb We get nine stories of white 89ths straight European men who are traveling to destinations across Europe that are not home to them Whether it is a holiday or business that puts them in planes trains and automobiles their temporary displacement affords them a moment here or there to ponder Life The men seem to portray a universal European Every Man We see the progressionrom idealistic puppy love to lazy hedonistic appreciation or life When a ormer soldier begins to Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome fallor but ultimately loses a girl who too might be seen as unacceptable as the romantic partners in Stories One and Two his disappointment doesn t last but a moment He is on the next pretty ace behind a ast The Habitat Guide to Birding food counter I did laugh out loud in Story Three during a carpet cleaning scene but that was the last smile I hador probably Space Kid four chapters Theseirst three young men pleasure themselves regularly and don t appear to be headed Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town for a relationship any time soonAs our Every Man ages we see him become intenselyocused on his career and note his appreciation or big boy toys cars True love means little but intercourse does Whether it is an academic a philologist or the ruthless editor of a jackal like tabloid magazine these men might not be interested in love but the reader has none or them eitherMan Six ages into a decent Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fellow one with a dream of cutting looserom the big Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus firm he is with and taking on risk in developing vacation homes in the Alps Like the man before him he is aather of two and while likely a better role model than shown in the story before him the kids are not his Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse focus Okay so you get the trend right The kid in his teens is decent but basicallyrom age 20 to about 50 Universal Man is mostly interested in sex and then powercareersocial standing And then he is Troubled Waters finally a nice human being again There is a cute little tie in you llind near the end of the book that might be the very carrot to keep a reader goingI noted some odd repeated objects that popped up in multiple stories a woman s dressing gown and a Tarot card ace of wands super phallic and perhaps somebody smarter than me can explain the author s intent with these
#Things I Also Saw #I also saw theme where the men were pursued by women they did not want Is this a common The Allergy-Fighting Garden: Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping fantasyor men and
did including it mean something I don t knowOne thing that elt ridiculously heavy handed was theincluding it mean something I don t knowOne thing that elt ridiculously heavy handed was the one character had as he passed a brilliantly lit stadium while driving through Spain Instead of a ootball match it was a bull ight He notes how incongruous it was to see giant klieg lights ancy cars state of the art servicesconcessions etc right there at such a ridiculously barbaric event UGH the blatant irony is this See our guy is in process of eviscerating a Danish politician twice in one day bringing the man to tears and is about to plaster it all over the world via his tabloid magazine Our Every Man the tabloid editor is going to gut this man s life just like the bull and will use the technology of the internet and cellphone tapping to tell the world I m sorry but this one little thing
Was So Overtly And Crappilyso overtly and crappily that I don t know how the Man Booker judges let it slideFriends I generally love books that have ugly awful protagonists so the act that half of the nine men were jerks didn t bother me Maybe if I d spent time with them say Owls: Birds of the Night five men instead of nine I would have cared a tiny bit. Tel – to understand just what it means to be alive here and now Tracing an arcrom 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. Shortlisted or 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 inishing all of theafter Bon Bon Voyage finishing all of the stories I have a better opinion and understanding of what the author tried do with this book The book consists of nine stories which present a glimpse in the everyday life of 9 men of different ages startingrom 17 to 70 coming rom different social backgrounds The characters live in various European cities and each story involves travelling to different places The author is trying to create a portrait of the universal European Man to convey the message that in the end man is all the same There are some common themes that link the stories among them is the way the characters regard time At the beginning when they are young the characters regard time with indifference obsessing about sex money ame career Later in life they start to regret the missed opportunities the mistakes they made with their choices they stress there is no time to change In theSTORIES I HAVE A BETTER OPINION AND UNDERSTANDING OFI have a better opinion and understanding of the author tried #
End There Is Thethere is the of death All the men are lawed individuals some of them made me angry other made me eel pity or them I have to praise the author s talent or making me react to each character even though my eelings were not positive One thing that I liked about this book was the setting I am a keen traveler and I enjoyed that each story was set in at least one European city It was nice to revisit some of the places that I ve been to although I elt that the author did not try to make the places come alive There were a ew aspects of the book that diminished the enjoyment of the book In the irst place although as said above there are common themes I could not read this as a novel Also the uality of the stories is uneven Is Ravishing Ruby felt that the uality of the stories progressed theirst stories were uite boring and the last two were the best I wonder if this was the intention of the author As one grows he becomes sager and life has meaning etc Finally I did not like how the women were represented The women in these stories have no personality they are mainly an accessory or men Is this what men are looking or I understand this is a novel about self absorbed men but it still Days of Infamy: Military Blunders Of The 20th Century felt uncomfortable I am torn between 3 and 4 stars as I can see the talent of the author and I appreciate his intentions However something is missing to make this a great reador me Thank to David Szalay Random House UKVintage and Netgalley Old Yeller for this copy in exchangeor an honest review Just Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer finished and thought but didn t say aloud what a greatucking book Now it s Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography first thing the next morning and I ll try to collect my thoughts in text my mother started recommending this in theall but I was in the middle of The Sleepwalkers and wasn t reading so many pages a day meaning it would be months until I read something else plus the title seemed unrememberable and maybe excessively manly it s ultimately sort of ironic time reduces all that man is to nothing She kept saying I really needed to read it and so I asked On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living for itor Xmas since I pretty much always heed such insistence she s previously insistently recommended DFW s A Supposedly If you re interested in reading this collection of thematically linked stories. LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZENine men Each of them at a different stage of life each of them away Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World from home and each of them striving – in the suburbs of Prague beside a Belgian motorway in a cheap Cypriot ho.