The World Was All Before Them by Matthew Reynolds

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

For all the hints and parallels with Eden, Philip and Sue's journey from suburban complacence to slightly diminished suburban complacence doesn't really support the Miltonic frame of reference... novel is less Paradise Lost than Purgatory Maintained.
-Guardian

Synopsis

I am dividing. It is as though i am holding myself cupped in my own hands and i am falling to pieces there, slipping through my fingers. And that is true. That is how we are in the world. We are pieced together out of lots of different bits. It's magical . There are more than seven billion people on the planet. They have, on average, over 10 billion nerve cells in their brains and 5 litres of blood pumping through their bodies. Their skeletons are made up of 206 bones and their hearts beat approximately 72 times per minute. They are connected to each other in more ways than they can possibly imagine. Philip is one of them. Sue is another. This is their story. It is the story of one year and two lives and what it means to live in them. It is a story about love and courage, risk and betrayal; about the choices we make and the consequences that shape us. It is a story that will make you look at the world with new eyes.
 

About Matthew Reynolds

See more books from this Author
Matthew Reynolds is the author of Designs for a Happy Home: A Novel in Ten Interiors. He has also written books of literary criticism and many essays in the LRB and elsewhere. He lived in London, Cambridge, Pisa and Paris before settling in Oxford where he teaches in the university and is a fellow of St Anne's College.
 
Published February 14, 2013 by Bloomsbury Circus. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The World Was All Before Them
All: 1 | Positive: 0 | Negative: 1

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Jan 11 2013

For all the hints and parallels with Eden, Philip and Sue's journey from suburban complacence to slightly diminished suburban complacence doesn't really support the Miltonic frame of reference... novel is less Paradise Lost than Purgatory Maintained.

Read Full Review of The World Was All Before Them | See more reviews from Guardian

Rate this book!

Add Review