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The month in books: Salter, Theroux and more

The world could learn something from June’s selection—from ethics to economics and our exploding population

By Raymond Tallis   June 2013

“Sentence for sentence, [James] Salter is the master,” Richard Ford says of the 87-year-old author of All That Is (Picador, £18.99). Perhaps he is. “The emptiness of things rose like the sound of a choir making the sky bluer and more vast” is certainly arresting. But above the level of the sentence, this engaging tale of a book editor, a survivor of the Pacific theatre of the Second World War, “in a world of dinners, deals, and literary careers,” is strangely unmemorable. I wanted to know what happened next in the hero’s 40 year search for true love but soon…

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