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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this, 24 Mar. 2014
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I enjoyed this novel immensely. The Guardian called James Salter ‘One of the great postwar American writers’ and this novel confirms him among them. He is skilled at creating mood – his scenes drafted with a knowing sense of place, and his dialogue often carries considerable poignancy. Yes, ‘All This Is’ has lots of sex scenes, perhaps too many considering its overall theme; some depicted with more than a chauvinistic nod at Updike, which some women may find dissuading. The criticism around the thinness of characterisation is not without some truth too, but the arc covers many people over many years so such worries sort of sidetrack from the point of the novel. It should be added also that Salter can portray the essence of a character in only a few words of description or dialogue.

Taken as a whole this is a powerful book about the human condition. It has had a lasting effect on this reader, which surely is the mark of a work of considerable resonance and depth. It has to be somewhere in my all-time top thirty novels.
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Ronald Haak says:
Absurd! Preposterous!
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