By James Salter
An remarkable literary occasion, a tremendous new novel through the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed grasp: a sweeping, seductive, deeply relocating tale set within the years after global warfare II.
From his stories as a tender naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to the USA and unearths a place as a e-book editor. it's a time while publishing continues to be mostly a personal affair—a scattered kin of small homes the following and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled flats and conversations that proceed lengthy into the evening. during this international of dinners, bargains, and literary careers, Bowman unearths that he suits in completely. yet regardless of his good fortune, what eludes him is love. His first marriage is going undesirable, one other fails to occur, and at last he meets a girl who enthralls him—before environment him on a direction he may perhaps by no means have imagined for himself.
Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a existence unfolding in a global near to switch. it's a excellent, occasionally devastating labyrinth of affection and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the nice shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
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Why? Thomasina: Everything is turned to love with her. New love, absent love, lost love I never knew a heroine that makes such noodles of our sex. It only needs a Roman general to drop anchor outside the window and away goes the empire like a christening mug into a pawn shop. If Queen Elizabeth had been a Ptolemy history would have been quite different -we would be admiring the pyramids of Rome and the great Sphinx of Verona. Septimus: God save us. Thomasina: But instead, the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace with the enemy who burned the great library of Alexandria without so much as a fine for all that is overdue.
You got them backwards, darling. Caroline was Romantic waffle on wheels with no talent, and Byron was an eighteenth-century Rationalist touched by genius. And he killed Chater. Hannah: (Pause) If it's not too late to change my mind, I'd like you to go ahead. Bernard: I intend to. Look to the mote in your own eye! - you even had the wrong bloke on the dust-jacket! Hannah: Dust-jacket? Valentine: What about my computer model? Aren't you going to mention it? Bernard: It's inconclusive. Valentine: (To Hannah) The Piccadilly reviews aren't a very good fit with Byron's other reviews, you see.
It's no fun when it's not among pros, is it? Hannah: No. Bernard: Oh, well. . (he begins to put his lecture sheets away in his briefcase, and is thus reminded. ) do you want to know about your book jacket? 'Lord Byron and Caroline Lamb at the Royal Academy'? Ink study by Henry Fuseli? Hannah: What about it? Bernard: It's not them. Hannah: (She explodes) Who says!? ) Bernard: This Fuseli expert in the Byron Society Journal. They sent me the latest... as a distinguished guest speaker. Hannah: But of course it's them!