All That is

James Meek writes:

In All That Is, the breadth of points of view exceeds all bounds. There are few characters so obscure that we aren’t admitted to their thoughts, or don’t know things about that the central character can’t know. Perspectives cascade. Bowman marries Vivian, whose mother is Caroline, whose father is Warren Wain, whose son is Cook, of whose life we get a tiny vignette before he is dropped, not to reappear. The munificence of access gives All That Is an excitable, digressive quality.

(LRB 20 June 2013)

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