All is Song

All is Song
Samantha Harvey
Reviewed by Sheila Wright
Random House
Fri, 06/01/2012
9780224096324
£16.99

All is Song is a slow paced melancholy novel where character and language take precedence over plot.  

The story centres on the relationship between Leonard Deppling and his older brother William following the death of their father after a long illness.  Leonard nursed his father in Scotland and after the funeral, returns to London and moves in with his brother.  William’s strong opinions about morality and the question of ‘blame’ leads to him being investigated by the police when a student, following one of his arguments, commits an act of violence.  Leonard grows increasingly concerned about William’s mental health as his brother refuses to face the reality of his situation.  
 
A thought provoking read with a nod to the moral philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.  
 

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