One thing I noticed straight away with ‘All Souls’ is how a lot of the themes that Marias uses here are found in the rest of his novels. I mean this is common with loads of authors but it seemed so blindingly obvious with ‘All Souls’.
The plot itself is simple. A Spanish professor resides at Oxford for two years. He observes the world as an outsider and in the process has an affair.
What this book interesting is that Marias’ observations are super sharp and slightly humorous. Now and then it drags but on the whole I liked this book, dare I say even more than the your face tomorrow trilogy.