from Pleasanton, CA United States
The All Of It Is an excellent book, I enjoyed it thoroughly. The short 145 page novel takes place in the rural County Mayo of Ireland at the time when cars are a novelty; maybe the 1930s. The genius of the book is in the moral puzzle presented between an elderly couple and the local Catholic priest. The dialogue that takes place between this couple and "The Father" is understated and poignant. The sharing between the couple and The Father is two way, allowing each of the characters to be developed using the common speech of the Irish. The telling of the story in this Irish setting, with the local language, steeped in time, tradition and religion add flavor to the moral problem presented.
If you are going up to the Mendocino Coast for a long foggy weekend of relaxation, this book would be an excellent selection.
This book is not a downer. You feel good when reading it, and afterwards.