It’s my stop on the #blogtour today for The Man Who Saw Everything and I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on it with you.
Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter – significantly – both his assigned translator and his translator’s sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age.
Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy’s electrifying The Man Who Saw Everything examines what we see and what we fail to see, the grave crime of carelessness, the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off.
The Man Who Saw Everything is longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize and after racing through it, I am hardly surprised. I have been putting off reviewing this book for fear of not being able to find the right words. Simply put: it is astounding.
Levy’s writing is effortlessly beautiful; it is silky and scintillating and it is so smooth and satisfying that the pages almost turn themselves. She manages to lull the reader into a trance like state and keep them there; mesmerised by the story unfolding around them; entranced by her dreamy prose.
I found myself captivated by Saul’s time travel and its consequences; exhilarated by watching this almost ethereal being brush the tips of my thoughts with his nebulous life but troubled by the rawness of his emotions and moods.
I read the last few pages with hot tears cascading down my cheeks as the ebb and flow of the clock came to a close and the fog that surrounds Saul’s slipping and sliding through time finally dissipated.
This book is about love, honesty, beauty and so much more. One could be forgiven for believing that reading it was a dream; slow and hazy, yet fresh as salty sea air. Sensual and soulful; Levy has created a veritable masterpiece.
I read The Man Who Saw Everything with a smug sense of vindication, feeling like I had finally found my go-to author. I can’t wait to catch up on Levy’s previous titles.
The Man Who Saw Everything is out now in hardcover and you can buy it here
My thanks go to Corinna Bolino and Viking Books UK for the invitation to the tour and my proof copy of the book and later sending a stunning hardcover! If you enjoyed my review, please do check out my other posts and also the other stops on the #blogtour.
Until next time!