15 comments on “The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy | Book Review

  1. Whenever I see this book reviewed everyone always mentions that structural twist, and every time I’m even more intrigued to read it! I appreciated your commentary on the motifs; those things are not usually what I would notice in a novel. Thanks for the heads-up on being in a certain headspace to read it—I’ll probably pick this up when I can concentrate better.

    • It’s definitely the kind of book that requires close attention, but I can imagine how rewarding it is when you click with it fully! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it 😊

  2. It does sound intriguing, but realistically I wouldn’t be able to give it the attention / focus it deserves at the moment. Great review!

  3. Ah, sorry to see you didn’t get on with this one better; I can definitely see your point about needing to be in the right frame of mind for it. But I’m glad you found a few elements to appreciate anyway! I really like that you talk about sight motifs and documenting the world around us- I didn’t notice a lot of that while reading, though it makes sense in retrospect and dovetails nicely with the focus on memory that stood out for me. It’s certainly a book full of layers and open to much interpretation. Great review!

    • Thank you! Yes, there’s so much going on beneath the surface that I’m certain I missed lots of it. It’s undoubtedly a well constructed book and I can understand why others have been so impressed!

  4. Great review! I didn’t love this either but did really appreciate the way Levy played with structure and theme and, as you said, demonstrated such great control over the story she was telling.

    • Thank you! It’s true that the books that leave us torn are often the ones that stay with us for a while. It’s good to come away from a novel with lots to think about!

  5. Great review! I totally see how this would be a bit too open for interpretation and a bit too difficult to hazy – I’ve been considering re-reading it since it’s so short and I had such a great time with it. I feel like it’s the kind of book that you get more out of on a second read!

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