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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
An ingenious book from the exceptional Granta Best Young British Novelist
Nine men: each of them at a different stage of life, away from home, and striving - in the suburbs of Prague, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive here and now.
Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing.
©2016 David Szalay (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"This feels like a great novel driven by its overarching theme: what is my life, here and now, all about? Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." (John Harding, Daily Mail)
"There is everything to relish about this intelligent, moving, thoroughly European search for the meaning of life.... It's hard to imagine listening a better audiobook this year." (Melissa Katsoulis, The Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By A Person on 03-29-17

Full of empathy

Wonderful writing full of empathy for the flawed and unglamorous protagonists and their friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Often very moving and occasionally very funny. Acutely observant of the human condition.

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4 out of 5 stars
By joanjava on 11-08-16

Woeful men on the edge of a nervous breakdown

Makes you realise how few books you know where guys are relentlessly flawed and frail. Each story is like stepping into a nightmare in motion. With each main character imprisoned.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 06-19-17

insightful

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The book consists of a series of vignettes of different men through progressive life stages, from teenagers to a man stuggling with ageing. In this fashion, David Szalay has assembled a line-up of right proper bastards, every one of them! Motivated by little more than sex, money and power. The book deals with the meaning of life, but it's message is ultimately nihilistic. Still I found this book very enjoyable, for it's clever writing, rich insights and humour. I'm still thinking about it days later and suspect it's uncomfortably close to the truth.

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