Country United States
Publication date 22 March 2011
Originally published 22 March 2011
Page count 304
Publisher Random House
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Genre Short story collection
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All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories is a book of short stories by American author E.L. Doctorow. This book was first published in 2011 by Random House.
The twelve (12) stories in this collection appear in the following sequence:
Christian Williams for The A.V. Club gives the collection an A- grade saying: "While the abruptness of the stories’ conclusions go from rattling to occasionally repetitive, though, the openings are always fresh, as Doctorow skillfully shifts perspective and style to better examine how the same weaknesses that make us human can also rob us of our humanity." Jess Row in The New York Times is not impressed, writing: "Doctorow’s novels tend to follow a deductive logic, beginning with the great themes of an era (or simply with a set of historical facts) and then dramatizing them in an interwoven ensemble of characters. Without a substantial dose of irony, short stories don’t work that way; the heavy-handedness of the novelist smashes them flat." David L. Ulin for the Los Angeles Times sees some value in mixing the older stories with the new: "this too is in the nature of a new and selected, to operate as a bit of a grab bag, and in so doing to let us read the work anew. To be sure, that's the case with the six older stories, which trace, with grace and acuity, the tension between longing and obligation, between who we are and who we mean to be."