Friday June 5, 2020

An ambitious second novel achieves something special

All Is Song by Samantha Harvey. Jonathan Cape, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

19th February, 2012
Samantha Harvey's new novel is deeply contemplative. Photo: Rex

All Is Song by Samantha Harvey


Ideas may not be fashionable in contemporary fiction, but that hasn't prevented Samantha Harvey from writing a deeply contemplative second novel centred around a modern-day Socrates and his beleaguered younger brother. Harvey's acclaimed debut novel, The Wilderness, tracked a man's descent into Alzheimer's, and All Is Song is an equally ambitious undertaking.

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