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This review is from: All That Is (Paperback)
This is bad. I agree with the other one star critics. But I just had to add something: it is all so digressive.
The writing is like this: let's talk about Bowman, and what he is like, here is his new gal, forget Bowman, let's talk about her for a bit, here is her father, forget the girl, let's talk about the father for a bit, here is the father's sexual conquest, let's talk about her for a while, here is that girl's pony, let's talk about that pretty pony for a while.
Ok, the pony part didn't happen. But I wasn't sure it wouldn't! We never actually get to know the character, because Salter's unorganized mind fixes on some other character. And...just as we think 'OK, I'll give this character a try...' he moves on to the character's cousin or the brother-in-law, or the brother-in-law's work friends or whatever.
I'm not kidding. We move from bowman to vivian to her dad to her dad's cousin to her husband to her brother to his friends to someone else. Who cares? Who the heck cares? Especially when there is no plot.
When there is no plot, you need some real good characters. And it seems Salter cares about as much for his characters as he does his sock drawer, these on, these off, these on, these off.
Try Rules of Civility instead. There is not much plot in that book, but great characters and the author sticks with them.