The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on October 15, 2019
my rating: ★★★.5
Goodreads avg: 3.72 (as of 2020-05-25)
I was frightened of everything in the past and whatever was going to happen next.
This is a short novel that packs quite a punch. The first half feels slow, and a little strange at times, but everything is suddenly turned on its head in the second half. There is so much going on and yet it never seems like too much for the page count. A lot of the writing is very simplistic, which I think works. Had it been more complex, I think it would have been easy to get lost in. It’s hard for me to say much about this without spoilers, but I do think this was quite a worthwhile read although I was left wanting. Not a new favorite, but I can see why this has been so highly lauded and perhaps worth an eventual reread to see if that ties things together a bit better.
content warnings: domestic abuse; nazi mentions; homophobia.
My current 2020 Women’s Prize Squad Longlist rankings:
- The Body Lies
- Girl, Woman, Other
- My Dark Vanessa
- The Man Who Saw Everything
- Ninth House
- My Name is Monster