A pleasure to read with its powerful minimalist writing and perfectly chosen words and phrases. This novel consists of loosely connected short stories, each about a man in a different stage of life - from the uncertainties of young adulthood, the confidence of middle age, and the infirmities of old age. These characters are often struggling and on the margins of the law. Although not uplifting in the usual sense I came away with a broader and deeper understanding of what it can mean to be human, here in the 21st century.
While some reviewers call this a novel, I say it is a collection of short stories--interrelated in that each is about a man with needs or desires, including youth, money, love, and power. This is not a new idea. As has been noted, the book is readable, but my time could have been better spent.
Excellent series of stories about men at different stages of their lives. The author captures daily life beautifully while fitting in larger life themes and making them relevant to both men and women of all ages. A good book and one I would recommend.
These nine novellas/short stories are about men from youth to old age, from various classes, set across Europe. They are mostly lonely people, often not nice people, but portrayed with sympathy. Szalay 's idea of representing "all that man is" in this way is inventive and clever. The book is very readable.
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