All That Is

All That Is

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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 young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when publishing is still largely a private affair--a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe--a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and literary careers, Bowman finds that he fits in perfectly. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him--before setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself.

Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. It is a dazzling, sometimes devastating labyrinth of love and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive. 

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400043132
Branch Call Number: SAL
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,25 cm

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sherylfinn
Jul 01, 2015

too arty got nowhere

geezr_rdr Jul 06, 2014

A decently written book, but not much here to care about.

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lgold08540
Dec 30, 2013

Well written but very slow moving plot.

Cdnbookworm Nov 08, 2013

A very different book, character-driven rather than plot-driven.The main character her is Philip Bowman, a man who served in the navy in the Pacific in World War II, went on to college, and became an editor at a New York publishing house.
We see Philip's relationships with women over the years, marriage, affairs, loves and lusts. But it is not only his life we see. There are vignettes of others, some peripheral people in Bowman's life, others who played a larger role.We see the differences between how people see themselves and how others see them. The illusions and the vanities. The decades covered here were a time of great change, changes in art, culture, sexual norms, ease of travel and we see these reflected in Philip's life over this time. We see Philip's thoughts from time to time, about his life and about life in general, about his lovers and about himself.
This is also about the world of publishing, the travel, the parties and dinners, the wooing of authors. We see the industry as it was, made up of many small publishing houses.
This is a quiet book, a book that reveals a life, moments in lives, but doesn't judge or analyze.

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mblummichaels
Jun 20, 2013

i hated this novel; couldn't see the point other than highlighting his womanizing/love life and the search thereof;and i got the impression that he used his descriptions of places often just as fill-ins. John Williams book"Stoner" was so much better.

beebee40 May 04, 2013

trite, boring. i am disappointed with salter.

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