- By James Salter

All That Is

  • Title: All That Is
  • Author: James Salter
  • ISBN: 9781400043132
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All That Is An extraordinary literary event a major new novel by the PEN Faulkner winner and acclaimed master a sweeping seductive deeply moving story set in the years after World War II From his experiences a

    An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN Faulkner winner and acclaimed master a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.From his experiences as a naval officer in battles off Okinawa during World War II, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor It was a time when publishing was stillAn extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN Faulkner winner and acclaimed master a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.From his experiences as a naval officer in battles off Okinawa during World War II, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor It was a time when publishing was still a private affair a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe a time of gatherings in fabled apartments, parties into the night It is a world in which to immerse himself, a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs But the deal that Philip cannot seem to close is love one marriage goes bad another fails to happen and, finally, he meets a woman who enthralls, then betrays him, setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself Written with Salter s signature economy of prose, All That Is fiercely, fluidly explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, of the small shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.

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    1. I found this book deeply annoying, mostly for its embedded misogyny but also for its dull protagonist and narrative torpor. The perspective drifts frequently; we enter the thoughts of more than a dozen minor characters but never any of the protagonist’s women, except for a few paragraphs late in the book when one of them is moved to cheat on him. Each girlfriend's point of view is absent, presumably because, as the protagonist’s mother says of his first wife, she has no soul. The prose is go [...]

    2. the slow profound rhythm began, hardly varying but as time passed somehow more and more intense she was trembling like a tree about to fall "I married the wrong man", she said. and if you marry this book, I believe it's more likely to last, the older you are.James SalterJames Salter has been called a “writer’s writer”, the “finest craftsman of the American sentence”. And yet before reading of him in The New Yorker earlier this year (an article probably occasioned by the publication o [...]

    3. Onvan : All That Is - Nevisande : James Salter - ISBN : 1400043131 - ISBN13 : 9781400043132 - Dar 290 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2013

    4. The people who review 'All That Is' as though they expect to find "all things fair and proper," are missing the point about Salter. Think of hims as a painter - Like Degas or Vermeer - and you'll find the path. I was lucky enough to hear him interviewed on Thursday night at the Irish Art Center, and suddenly - it was clear. He means to paint portraits of the lives around him. Not his point of view. Not what he wishes might be there. Not what the world needs for fairness. Just what he sees. And i [...]

    5. Having read this book in short order, I took some time afterward to let it wash over--certain I had missed something. Is the grand statement embedded in the title: All That Is? Is this dull cycle of lust, bordeom, and betrayal all that there is in life? If that's the message, then Salter is a bit late to the party. Nihilism has been explored ad nauseum, and we don't need another book with nothing new to say on the subject. But perhaps I missed something.I felt that Bowman, our main character--fl [...]

    6. A look back to another time, from the 1945 end of World War Two into the 1970s before the twin movements of anti-establishment youth culture and first wave feminism changed everything. Salter clearly looks back fondly on this time but it is as a time that is gone forever and now seems like an alien culture. In the hands of a lesser writer this tale of culture, class, power and wealth would be a miserable failure. Salter is often defined, in an almost obligatory fashion, as a "writer's writer." I [...]

    7. I forced myself to finish this book. True, for the last 30% or so, I flipped the digital pages quickly. I was determined to reach the end to see why, oh why, chose it as a Best Book of the Month and the blurbers raved. (Why do the blurbers rave?)I admit that the language is often well-done. The sample that I downloaded, the first pages, were fine.But it is a novel devoid of plot. It is a pointless pastiche of vignettes about the protagonist's empty sexual conquests and the vacuity of his life.I [...]

    8. Oh how I wanted to love theeIt's a little cruel to have to choose how many stars to give this book. My heart was oscillating between two or three. Both seemed cruel but I chose two.I adore James Salter. "Light Years" was such a luminous, haunting book. "Burning The Days" was such an energetic, urgent memoir.What happened to the energy, the urgency, the passionate, beating heart of life? Is this really "all that is"? I certainly hope not.I was tremendously bored throughout the novel. I was devast [...]

    9. 2.0 (faint and distant) STARSPerhaps I’ve become addicted to no that’s not correct perhaps I’ve come to expect gruesome violence, sexual abuse, explicit sexual encounters often to the point of depraved deviance or some degree of pedophilia or child exploitation in every book I read these days. It seems the most popular books or those produced by new, up and coming authors invariably contain some version of these themes. Perhaps these themes are necessary to satisfy the demands of the marke [...]

    10. So damn good At , we picked this as a Best Book of the Month. In my review I wrote: "Beneath the deceptively straightforward coming-of-age and growing-old narrative--boy meets girl, loses girl; meets, loses; meets, loses--lurks the deeply personal story of what it meant to be a 20th century man. Phillip Bowman is the archetype of the flawed, ambitious, lust-filled American male. He’s Don Draper. He’s Rabbit Angstrom. He’s your dad. He’s my dad. (Also named Phil; also from New Jersey.) W [...]

    11. Prior to reading 'All That Is', I had been hearing many positive things about the writing of James Salter. I picked this book up, not really knowing what to expect and now I can say that my feelings about this novel are complicated. First off, I want to say that James Salter writes beautifully… his prose flows and his descriptions of the characters and the settings are masterfully written. I was able to form a visual picture in my mind as I was reading , as if I was watching a film of what was [...]

    12. What draws me to recommend this book is the writing. I thoroughly enjoy Salter's description of places and individuals. And sex - explicit but not too graphic and not rosily drawn in romantic words. The places so wonderfully described are Manhattan and its suburbs. Paris, France. Spain. Thunderstorms. Beaches. Restaurants and bars. The publishing community as it was after the Second World War. The publishing houses are fictional but the atmosphere of the time feels genuine as well as the authors [...]

    13. My first time to read a James Salter book. This one was published in 2013, two years before he died. He was 88 years old when this book was published.One of my ten favorite books is Honore de Balzac's 1835 novel, Old Goriot (5 stars). This led me to many other books about old age. I am 52 years old and it is a bit early for me to empathize with characters in their twilight years. However, for me, this is akin to readers who even when they are old are still fond of sci-fi, graphic novels, or roma [...]

    14. All That Is was my introduction to James Salter. I suppose the ultimate worth test of any novel, upon finishing it, is do I want to read another one of his books? The answer to this is, yes. Yes but not in a mad hurry of love. His prose is almost like underwriting – sketched impressions that flit with a surprising dexterity over huge expanses of time and from one character’s perspective to another. Often he enters the point of view of sideshow characters for a moment, offers an anecdote or a [...]

    15. It's silly to compare Salter's All That Is to his previous masterpieces: Light Years, Burning the Days, A Sport and a Pastime. His stories. Not all of them, of course, but quite a few will endure. Still, the novel's terrific and will engender, I know, a massive reconsideration of his work, which is neglected, under-read, misunderstood, too brutal and unsparing for some, too highbrow for others, too sexual, too white, too whatever. Whatever. If you miss him, you've missed something great, and her [...]

    16. What if a woman had written this book--stylistically interesting in places, but basically a babbling chronicle of all the lovers a main (female) character had had? Wouldn't that be dismissed as chick lit? Can't jump on the bandwagon with this one. So many people are praising the style/beautiful writing, but having just read Light Years a few months ago, this seems a little clunky in comparison. Also, shouldn't an author evolve over the years, stylistically? Does he really want to say the same th [...]

    17. My response to James Salter's "All That Is" can be summed up in one question: "Is that all?"I did not expect not to like this book since I have much respect for Salter's prose style and did enjoy "Light Years" and "Dusk and Other Stories". The prose is still commendable in this novel but it is really "all that is".The story revolves around Philip Bowman, a young navigation officer who returns from WW2, and starts to find his way in life - getting a degree, finding a job, meeting women and gettin [...]

    18. I'm afraid I failed to finish this one. I got about a third of the way through and had enjoyed some of the writing and some sections had actually been really good, but the problem for me was twofold:1) I just didn’t care enough about the lead character who seemed dull and was plodding through life after the World War 2. Nothing of any interest was happening to him and he, in turn, had nothing interesting to say.2) I got lost in the myriad of characters, many of whom were dropped instantly afte [...]

    19. I’m writing this review immediately after reading All That Is. I’m emotionally confused. James Salter did something to me in his writing that I never expected. I grew to love his concise words and phrasing. After taking a month to finish reading this book that I wasn’t sure that I could finish or wanted to, I feel uneasy. I also feel a small smile on my face for finishing the novel and finally becoming attached to the main character, Philip Bowman. It only took a month to do it. I’m left [...]

    20. There is an act of revenge near the end of the book that stopped me cold. Other reviews have described it, so I won’t. Better to discover it as you read the book--and in fact, as you get close you’ll see it coming. The revenge is stunning in its cruelty, but what I find untenable is how indifferently Philip Bowman carries out the act, and how easily Salter lets Bowman off the hook. Only pages later he’s having another love affair, then another, then the book ends. But I’m stuck 30 pages [...]

    21. 38dia.tumblr/2d4c9c9e0Un Bill Murray che spieghi perfettamente la situazione per iniziare. Ho sentito grandi cose su questo libro. Elogi, critiche adulatorie, ululati alla luna e così via. Tra me e voi, sono rimasta del tutto indifferente all'uso sapiente della prosa unicamente perché è del tutto accondiscendente nei confronti del lettore. Tutto è molto elegante, raffinato, banale, perbene. Badate, l'indifferenza (come le donne di questo libro d'altronde, "indifferenti ma consenzienti" - anc [...]

    22. One of Salter's strengths is his ability to convey the slow negotiations of new love, from two strangers meeting to the frisson of flirtation and the raw physicality of intercourse. (And by "raw" I don't mean fast; in Salter's universe the sex is quite deliberate.) Pair this with a protagonist who works as a literary fiction editor in the postwar years--a time ripe for easy nostalgia--and you have the makings of a great novel.So why then is All That Is so underwhelming? Perhaps it has to do with [...]

    23. I got this book based on a glowing review in a NYTimes book review. In that review, it said something like 'people unfamiliar with James Salter should probably start with a more accessible book of his, like A Sport and a Pasttime, as this is one of his most difficult works to date.' A ha, I scoffed. I read books like they're going out of style. How "difficult" can this be? I'm up for a challenge! Bring it on, Salter. Let me tell you, this is a difficult book, and a gorgeous book, and even though [...]

    24. James Salter's Phillip Bowman survives two sinking ships in WWII. Then he comes home, gets a job as an editor, then gets married, then gets divorced after a while, then bounces from woman to woman like a beach ball tossed around in a football stadium. He has a couple of intense love affairs, one of which he hopes will end in marriage, but ends up with a big-time betrayal instead, so he goes back to bouncing from woman to woman again. Through all this his job is good. He gets to go to Europe a lo [...]

    25. “There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.”Hmmm. I'm of two minds on this one. On the one hand: WOW. James Salter is an incredible writer. His descriptive style is flawless: clear, concise, creative, and imparted with gorgeous prose that has a poet's precision. On one character's drunk mother: "Her voice slurred a little but she rode over it as if it were a fleck of tobacco on her tongue, as [...]

    26. A emotiva entrevista dada pela Isabel Lucas deixou-me cheia de vontade de ler este livro.Pode ser ouvida aqui: soundcloud/biblioteca-de-Outro material sobre o autor e livro:horasextraordinariassppublico/culturaipsilonpublico/culturaipsilon

    27. Para ser escrita por un hombre blanco hetero (muy macho) de casi 90 años, 'Todo lo que hay' no está nada mal. Lo más curioso es que esta novela de James Salter me gusta a pesar de sus defectos, a pesar de mis fobias, a pesar de todo. Me cuesta encontrar otra razón para justificar mi gusto por este libro que no sea la de que “está bien escrito”. Esto es algo raro en mí, ya que lo que a mí me suele interesar de la literatura son los personajes, personajes multidimensionales, complejos e [...]

    28. James Salter passed away last month, on June 19, 2015. I became interested in his work after reading this (from Wiki): His friend and fellow author, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford, went so far as to say, "It is an article of faith among readers of fiction that James Salter writes American sentences better than anybody writing today" in his Introduction to Light Years for Penguin Modern Classics. Michael Dirda of the Washington Post is reported to have said that with a single sentence, he [...]

    29. Existem livros que retratam partes de uma vida e existem vidas em retrato. A saga de Phil Bowman é um bicho estranho: parece ser demasiado inconsequente para entusiasmar, mas no fim deixa saudade. Confesso ter passado alguma dificuldade para chegar a este "acontecimento literário", mas se Easton Ellis, Nabokov e outros mais defendem Salter como um deus esquecido, quem sou eu para questionar?Salter escreve bem - bastante bem até - ao ponto de fazer lembrar Roth ao formar camadas complexas da a [...]

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