By James Salter

ISBN-10: 0307961095

ISBN-13: 9780307961099

An amazing literary occasion, a big new novel by means of the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed grasp: a sweeping, seductive, deeply relocating tale set within the years after global struggle II.

From his reviews as a tender naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to the United States and reveals a place as a e-book editor. it's a time whilst publishing remains to be mostly a personal affair—a scattered relations of small homes right here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled residences and conversations that proceed lengthy into the evening. during this international of dinners, offers, and literary careers, Bowman reveals that he matches in completely. yet regardless of his good fortune, what eludes him is love. His first marriage is going undesirable, one other fails to take place, and eventually he meets a girl who enthralls him—before surroundings him on a direction he may by no means have imagined for himself.

Romantic and haunting, All That Is explores a existence unfolding in a global on the point of swap. it's a wonderful, occasionally devastating labyrinth of affection and ambition, a fiercely intimate account of the nice shocks and grand pleasures of being alive. 

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There is much debate over [the beast’s] figÂ�ure and species. An innkeeper of Langogne who saw it, and who was made seriously ill by the terror it caused him, described it as long, squat, having a rusty color and a black stripe down its back, with a long tail and enormous talons. A curé who hunted [the beast] with his paÂ�rishÂ�ioners, and who claims to have seen it three times, described it as long, thick as a calf, having the same color with the same black stripe, and the muzzle of a pig. 48 The paper’s Parisian correspondent looked forward to the moment, after the 40 m o n s t e r s o f t h e g é va u d a n beast had been conquered, when the mystery would fiÂ�nally be dispelled.

23 This tendency to naturalize the monster—that is, to assimilate monstrous forms to the general order of nature—is perhaps best captured by the work of Buffon, the naturalist whose fame and inÂ�fluÂ�ence towered above all others in the second half of the eighÂ�teenth century. Buffon had been appointed the director of the king’s botanical gardens in 1739. 24 The text had popular appeal because of its handsome illustrations and elegant presentation, but it attracted wide attention also because it offered a new theory of nature.

Even the experience of the “Scottish mountaineers” had underlined the presence of multiple wolves in the region, and subsequent events would show beyond doubt that the area suffered from a heavy infestation of wolves, an afÂ�flicÂ�tion that would not subside before the late 1760s. Yet in the face of anecdotal evidence and the reporting of their own senses, the Gévaudanois and the many outsiders who arrived to help them consistently regarded the killings as the work of a single destructive creature, not as a telling symptom of an overgrown wolf popula- 24 m o n s t e r s o f t h e g é va u d a n tion.

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