All That Is

All That Is

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Returning to America after World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 289 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781400043132
1400043131
Branch Call Number: Salt
Additional Contributors: Salter, James

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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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