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IMAGE Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign
Friday, 28 November 2014
Atlantic Highlands, NJ — Chief Jerry Vasto reports the Atlantic Highlands Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. BeginningDecember... Read More...
IMAGE Highland Police Investigate Assault, Burglary and Weapons Possession Charges
Friday, 28 November 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Highlands Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. On 11/25/14 8:30AM Highlands Police responded to a street argument and found... Read More...
8 More Charged in DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping
Friday, 28 November 2014
TRENTON, NJ – The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands has yielded eight more enforcement actions, all for disposing of debris and other materials... Read More...
Thanksgiving Weekend Travel: Icy Spots in Northeast; Stormy in the West
Friday, 28 November 2014
AccuWeather reports as millions return home from Thanksgiving this weekend, icy roads will be a hazard in the Northeast. An onslaught of storms, bringing snow and rain, will disrupt travel in the West. Watch for Icy Spots in the Northeast While... Read More...
Rumson Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Sunday, December 7
Friday, 28 November 2014
Rumson, NJ –  Rumson, NJ will celebrate the holiday season with a traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 in Victory Park. All Rumson residents are welcome to attend. The evening’s festivities will... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Buffleheads are Back in Town
by Joe Reynolds
Friday, 28 November 2014
Brrrrrrr. It's like Mother Nature flipped a  switch. The first really cold temperatures of the season have invaded New York  Harbor. Winter... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Theory of Everything
by David Prown
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
I'm not a science guy.  I have no true understanding of the genius of uber-astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. But the reviews looked... Read More...
IMAGE Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Often Not Believed
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, had Carl Miller of Georgetown, Ohio, and his doctors,... Read More...
IMAGE Imparted Concepts
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 21 November 2014
I heard on the news that a baseball player, Giancarlo Stanton, received the highest salary that has ever been paid ($325 million over 13... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Interstellar
by David Prown
Friday, 21 November 2014
I was definitely not jonesing to see "Interstellar" as I'm not really a big special effects guy however I've always liked space movies. My son saw it... Read More...

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James Salter's first novel in almost 40 years has been praised widely by critics and readers. His protagonist, Phillip Bowman, is a young man who serves as a navigation officer in the Pacific during World War II. When the war ends, he returns home searching for a career and a wife. He finds the first as a a book editor for a publishing house. The happy marriage proves more difficult.. He meets and marries Vivian Amussen, a wealthy and privileged girl from Virginia. But there are strains in their marriage from the start, the least of which is the vast difference in their families and upbringings. As Phillip navigates the years after the war, he struggles to find a relationship that will last and a place for himself in a rapidly changing world.

While this is advertised as Bowman's story, it is not quite that simple. It is more an exploration of a whole world of characters. Bowman will disappear for pages at a time, only to be picked up again as if  there was no break. Characters are introduced and followed for a page or two, never to be seen again. This is both fascinating and frustrating. Salter creates a world of really interesting characters and I often found myself so intrigued by an auxiliary character that I was disappointed when they did not appear again. But this creates a disconnect for the reader with Bowman himself. It's hard to connect with a protagonist who is frequently absent and often the least interesting of the bunch. 

 

Salter is often noted as writing beautifully simple prose. He excels at writing sentences that manage to be bare and simple while holding great depth and grace."Day was rising, a pale Pacific dawn that had no real horizon with the tops of the early clouds gathering light. The sea was empty. Slowly the sun appeared, flooding across the water and turning it white."

 

But the lovely writing doesn't cover some of the book's flaws. Throughout the novel, Bowman acts with no consideration for other people. This doesn't change as time goes on, despite the many failed relationships that litter the story. This gives a stagnant feeling to All That Is. This seems to be an intentional decision on Salter's part, but it gives a weight to the story that makes it difficult to keep reading with enthusiasm. This novel is also decidedly male in that the women in it are more plot points than characters. They are not developed in any meaningful way because Bowman (and Salter) will use them for a few pages and then dispose of them. 

All That Is was lauded as a return of a very talented author. Unfortunately, this collection of one man's conquests and failures without much introspection or change doesn't match the excitement this book generated. 

 

All That Is

By James Salter

Alfred A Knopf April 2013

ISBN 1400043131