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And current incarnations of Europe conscious and unconscious transgressions and real and imagined betrayals while investigating the cyclic nature of history and its reinvention by people in power Here Levy traverses the vast reaches of the human imagination while artfully blurring sexual and political binaries feminine and masculin Update Aug 11 Since my ARC disappears in a week and now that I am delighted to say it HAS made the Booker longlist I wanted to re read it and see if it held up as well as in my initial read and also see if I could glean even meaning on a second go round Reading it or less in a single sitting and with some foreknowledge of what transpires did help me to ferret out some additional connections and resonances I missed the first time through and I also had of an emotional reaction to Saul s story also It still sits atop my rankings of the nine Booker titles I ve read so far so am keeping fingers crossed it proceeds onto the shortlist and perhaps takes the prize PS I find it interesting that many reviews have erroneously pointed to Saul as the titular character and in my second reading I noted that twice Levy refers to Walter M ller as the man who saw everything not sure what to make of that but it does give one pause Original review My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for this honest review I m not uite sure why or how Levy has emerged as one of my favorite authors I have now read almost everything she s ever published the one exception being Diary of a Steak which I finally tracked down a reasonably priced copy of so will read soon completest that I am She never really repeats herself in either style or topics but you can bet a Levy book is always carefully crafted intriguingly obtuse and each book almost demands multiple readings to parse out the hidden meanings Her latest tome is perhaps her most erudite and jam packed box of tricks a kaleidoscopic investigation of the fractured mind of protagonist Saul Adler with two sections set in two different time frames or are they in 1988 the then 28 year old budding historian undergoes a minor accident while attempting to have his girlfriend Jennifer take a picture of him recreating the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover Then in 2016 the middle aged Adler seemingly has another serious accident that splits his mind and memory into many fragments calling into uestion everything that has gone before in the previous hundred pages I found myself racing through to find out what happens on a basic level which perhaps does a disservice to how beautifully Levy weaves her various threads together so fully intend to go back very soon and reread so that I can appreciate fully her luminous language I also expect this to garner as much praise and awards attention as her previous Hot Milk and hope to see it make the Booker list this year and perhaps walk away with the prize If nothing else it is guaranteed a spot on my top 5 of 2019 Welcome to the Desert of the Real real and imagined betrayals while investigating the cyclic nature of history and its Dead End Bluff reinvention by people in power Here Levy traverses the vast King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers reaches of the human imagination while artfully blurring sexual and political binaries feminine and masculin Update Aug 11 Since my ARC disappears in a week and now that I am delighted to say it HAS made the Booker longlist I wanted to Princess to Pleasure Slave Chronicles (Book Three): Lusty Prey of the Huntress (English Edition) re Factory of Death read it and see if it held up as well as in my initial Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, read and also see if I could glean even meaning on a second go Rapid Math Without A Calculator round Reading it or less in a single sitting and with some foreknowledge of what transpires did help me to ferret out some additional connections and Almost Late for School resonances I missed the first time through and I also had of an emotional Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, reaction to Saul s story also It still sits atop my The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) rankings of the nine Booker titles I ve Kane Richards Must Die read so far so am keeping fingers crossed it proceeds onto the shortlist and perhaps takes the prize PS I find it interesting that many Astaroth et Bernadette reviews have erroneously pointed to Saul as the titular character and in my second M-am săturat să fiu prost reading I noted that twice Levy Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, refers to Walter M ller as the man who saw everything not sure what to make of that but it does give one pause Original The Art of DOOM: Eternal review My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for an advanced The Protestant Temperament reading copy of this book in exchange for this honest Some Kind of Wonderful review I m not uite sure why or how Levy has emerged as one of my favorite authors I have now Cabin 28 read almost everything she s ever published the one exception being Diary of a Steak which I finally tracked down a Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player): New Era Online Series, Book 2 reasonably priced copy of so will সোনালী দিন যায় read soon completest that I am She never Native Son really Vampir Broken Heart (Broken Heart, repeats herself in either style or topics but you can bet a Levy book is always carefully crafted intriguingly obtuse and each book almost demands multiple C++ Primer Plus readings to parse out the hidden meanings Her latest tome is perhaps her most erudite and jam packed box of tricks a kaleidoscopic investigation of the fractured mind of protagonist Saul Adler with two sections set in two different time frames or are they in 1988 the then 28 year old budding historian undergoes a minor accident while attempting to have his girlfriend Jennifer take a picture of him Murder In Elysium recreating the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover Then in 2016 the middle aged Adler seemingly has another serious accident that splits his mind and memory into many fragments calling into uestion everything that has gone before in the previous hundred pages I found myself Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales (The Order of the Stick, racing through to find out what happens on a basic level which perhaps does a disservice to how beautifully Levy weaves her various threads together so fully intend to go back very soon and Baby Faces reread so that I can appreciate fully her luminous language I also expect this to garner as much praise and awards attention as her previous Hot Milk and hope to see it make the Booker list this year and perhaps walk away with the prize If nothing else it is guaranteed a spot on my top 5 of 2019

review The Man Who Saw Everything

The Man Who Saw Everything

In the crosswalk on Abbey Road an homage to the famous album cover As he waits for her to arrive he is grazed by an oncoming car which changes the trajectory of his life The Man Who Saw Everything is about the difficulty of seeing ourselves and others clearly It greets the specters that come back to haunt old and new love previous Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019Nominated for the Goldsmiths Prize 2019Deborah Levy s new novel certainly tells a captivating story but what makes this book so fantastic is her smashing ha narrative concept Our narrator is Saul a British historian and expert on Eastern European communism After his girlfriend Jennifer breaks up with him 28 year old Saul travels to the GDR as part of his research It s 1988 but mysteriously Saul already seems to know that the wall will come down only one year later which brings us to the narrative concept This is a book in two parts and both start with Saul being hit by a car on Abbey Road while trying to cross the street on the famous zebra crossing Saul crashes into the wing mirror which shatters its reflective glass entering his head I had gazed at my reflection in his wing mirror and my reflection had fallen into me In part 1 of the book the events described above occur after the accident but in part 2 it s 2016 and Saul has to be hospitalized and undergoes surgerey Suffering from sepsis and drugged with morphine all his memories the reflections of himself and others are still there but they are shattered and Saul is struggling to put them back together He conflates people and scenes lead by feelings and perceived similarities and connections but those around him correct his efforts again and again with their own subjective views I have experienced a situation where one of my relatives suffered a head injury followed by major surgery and sepsis and I feel like their mental state of trying to re connect the dots after waking from a coma is extremely well renderd by Levy Saul tries to remember what happened with him and Jennifer what he experienced in Berlin almost 30 years ago and the repercussions of these events thus uestioning part 1 Throughout the whole book Levy works with the term spectre which seems to signify the subjective meaning feelings and associations that become attached to people and events in our minds and memories profoundly and often sub consciously shaping our perception These spectres are also used to connect people and events in Saul s life after the accident The family of Saul s Jewish mother had to flee Nazi Germany his father is part of the struggling British working class So did his mother flee the fascists and married a communist Is the father an authoritarian figure just like the GDR is an authoritarian fatherland Did Saul want to cut all ties with his working class background while the worker s and peasant s state was holding its citizens hostage Did Jennifer a photographer really see him through her camera and did his friends in the GDR really listen to him or were they just taking notes for the Stasi In which timeline do those dogs turtles toy trains cherry tree petals and funerals belong and why can they time travelThis book is fairly easy to read and to follow but it is packed with little twists and riddles the biggest of all possibly being who this Saul Adler actually is we see and fragmentary reflections and while many aspects of his personality come together others remain ambiguous or even contradictory but then again our reflection in the mirror is never flawless A beautiful touching book about human connection and identity that fingers crossed will go on to win some prizes Blackmailed By Daddy research It s 1988 but mysteriously Saul already seems to know that the wall will come down only one year later which brings us to the narrative concept This is a book in two parts and both start with Saul being hit by a car on Abbey Road while trying to cross the street on the famous zebra crossing Saul crashes into the wing mirror which shatters its उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] reflective glass entering his head I had gazed at my Cock Tales reflection in his wing mirror and my Son of the Hero reflection had fallen into me In part 1 of the book the events described above occur after the accident but in part 2 it s 2016 and Saul has to be hospitalized and undergoes surgerey Suffering from sepsis and drugged with morphine all his memories the The Alien Jigsaw reflections of himself and others are still there but they are shattered and Saul is struggling to put them back together He conflates people and scenes lead by feelings and perceived similarities and connections but those around him correct his efforts again and again with their own subjective views I have experienced a situation where one of my Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning relatives suffered a head injury followed by major surgery and sepsis and I feel like their mental state of trying to The Illusion of Gods Presence re connect the dots after waking from a coma is extremely well Folk Tales From The Soviet Union renderd by Levy Saul tries to Not The Hot Chick remember what happened with him and Jennifer what he experienced in Berlin almost 30 years ago and the Pegged and Plugged at the Club repercussions of these events thus uestioning part 1 Throughout the whole book Levy works with the term spectre which seems to signify the subjective meaning feelings and associations that become attached to people and events in our minds and memories profoundly and often sub consciously shaping our perception These spectres are also used to connect people and events in Saul s life after the accident The family of Saul s Jewish mother had to flee Nazi Germany his father is part of the struggling British working class So did his mother flee the fascists and married a communist Is the father an authoritarian figure just like the GDR is an authoritarian fatherland Did Saul want to cut all ties with his working class background while the worker s and peasant s state was holding its citizens hostage Did Jennifer a photographer Tunnel Through Time really see him through her camera and did his friends in the GDR Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 really listen to him or were they just taking notes for the Stasi In which timeline do those dogs turtles toy trains cherry tree petals and funerals belong and why can they time travelThis book is fairly easy to Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 read and to follow but it is packed with little twists and Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 riddles the biggest of all possibly being who this Saul Adler actually is we see and fragmentary The Fatima Century reflections and while many aspects of his personality come together others Leah Starrs Revenge remain ambiguous or even contradictory but then again our Pieces 8 (Pieces, reflection in the mirror is never flawless A beautiful touching book about human connection and identity that fingers crossed will go on to win some prizes

review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Deborah Levy

It is 1988 and Saul Adler a narcissistic young historian has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic As a gift for his translator's sister a Beatles fanatic who will be his host Saul's girlfriend will shoot a photograph of him standing I was intrigued and puzzled from the very first paragraph beginning in London 1988Saul Adler says I was thinking about how Jennifer Moreau had told me I was never to describe her beauty not to her or to anyone else When I asked her why I was silenced in this way she said Because you only have old words to describe me This was on my mind when I stepped onto the zebra crossing with it s black and white stripes at which all vehicles must stop to allow pedestrians to cross the road A car was coming towards me but it did not stop I had to jump backwards and fell on my hip using my hands to protect myself from the fall The car stalled and a man rolled down the window He was in his sixties silver hair dark eyes thin lips He asked if I was okay When I did not answer he stepped out of the car As the story continued sentence after sentence I was puzzled interested but definitely puzzled From a rectangle shape object the driver was holding in his hand with an angry voice inside that Saul hears to the strange conversation between the driver and Saul about his girlfriend and her age to Saul meeting his girlfriend has sex which she initiates followed by Saul asking Jennifer if she will consider marrying him to a sudden breakupthere are some odd things going on Both Saul and Jennifer a photographer baffled me They were interesting perplexing characters Basic details fill in Saul is 28 years old Jennifer is 23 a photographer Saul s a historian Saul s father a communist had recently died Saul s going to bury his father s ashes in East Germany Saul s mother was Jewish and died in a car crash Saul s also on his way to East Germany the GDR to do research on the rise of fascism in exchange for publishing a flattering essay about the German Democratic Republic A journey will unfold that will keep you reading but you ll be having uestionsGET COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY Saul s leaving in 3 days He speaks German but is assigned a German translator anyway Walter Muller Saul will be staying with Walter and his family Walter s sister Luna is Beatles die hard fan so it was Jennifer s idea to photograph Saul on Abby Road and bring it to her He was also reuested to bring a tin of pineapple I had my first laugh about slices or chunks in syrup or juice Baffled and confused but definitely engaged are words to describe how I felt for the first half of this bookAs I continued reading an aha moment came suggesting things are not as they seem Oh my gosh and then it hit meTHINGS REALLY AREN T AS THEY SEEM Can we see ourselves as easily as others see us Do others see us clearly than we see ourselvesThis book is odd with lots of unraveling to do but it s captivating endearing humorous haunting charming and tender Most it s brilliantly crafted If you re a puzzle lover you ll love unraveling this storyI leave you with one word to ponder displacementThank You Nicole for sending me this bookOh you naughty woman Yes I enjoyed it very much Going to go stand in front of the mirror now And that s it I m reading books by Deborah Levy This was only my second Hot Milk was odd and great too Other Levy fans Which Levy book should I read next I m in


10 thoughts on “The Man Who Saw Everything

  1. says:

    I loved this novel it is impossible to explain WHY it is good without spoiling it which I worry will deflate readerly expectation The first 98 pages are a very good slightly surreal novel about Saul Adler a beautiful young man who travels to East Berlin and falls in unexpected love The last 102 pages are incredibly ambitious and incredibly

  2. says:

    On the Booker LonglistFor those readers who need to be on sure and certain ground in their reading this latest Deborah Levy novel is not for them Levy makes few compromises here she raises many uestions and often than not declines to provide any answers there are nebulous fragmented uncertain and unreliable realities memories and history In 1988 a young self obsessed Jewish historian Saul Adler is hit by a car

  3. says:

    I was intrigued and puzzled from the very first paragraph beginning in London 1988Saul Adler says“I was thinking about how Jennifer Moreau had told me I was never to describe her beauty not to her or to anyone else When I asked her why I was silenced in this way she said ‘Because you only have old words to describe me

  4. says:

    Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019Nominated for the Goldsmiths Prize 2019Deborah Levy's new novel certainly tells a captivating story but what makes this book so fantastic is her smashing ha narrative concept Our narrator is Saul a British historian and expert on Eastern European communism After his girlfriend Jennifer breaks up with him 28 year old Saul travels to the GDR as part of his research It's 1988 but myster

  5. says:

    Now unsurprisingly shortlisted for the 2019 Goldsmith Prize perhaps a better fit for this brilliant book than the Booker PrizeRe read following its longlisting for the 2019 Booker Prize and upgraded twice to 5 as this is a book which relays multiple re reads and has proved to be the most enigmatic and thought provoking on the longlist In three days I was travelling to East Germany the GDR to research cultural

  6. says:

    So this is a novel about how some people need to be careful crossing roads Basically that's all The rest is pointless meandering between locations times discussions between some random characters who do nothing for the plot oh yeah there's no plot to do anything for How convenient There was supposed to be some mystery somewhere and it was about as undewhelming as to be absolutely invisible No I found one mystery about i

  7. says:

    It’s London in 1988 and Saul Adler a Jewish historian is preparing for a visit to East Berlin He’s been invited to visit the GDR

  8. says:

    Update Aug 11 Since my ARC disappears in a week and now that I am delighted to say it HAS made the Booker longlist I wanted to re read it and see if it held up as well as in my initial read and also see if I could glean even meaning on a sec

  9. says:

    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZESaul Adler is shocked than bewildered when his girlfriend Jennifer Moreau n

  10. says:

    For the first half of The Man Who Saw Everything I was hooked It’s the 80s and beautiful Saul and peevish Jennifer have just broken up prior to Saul’s research trip to East Berlin Why does Saul hear a typewriter hammering in his head What is the significance of Abbey Road It seems like Saul can predict the fu

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