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Two Takes on Keith Gessen's
All the Sad Young Literary Men

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Thursday, May 29, 2008



In a new online column, we ask two reviewers to offer their perspective on the same book. First up is the debut novel from n+1 founding editor Keith Gessen, All the Sad Young Literary Men.


Reviewer Genevieve Smith writes:

"Best known for skewering criticism, Gessen applies the same wit and precision to his book, but those talents might not convince the most sympathetic readers to spend 256 pages revisiting a fictional version of their younger selves behaving badly."

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And John Davidson agrees, in part:

"There are first books from authors you never expect to hear from again, and then there are others that you read with the knowledge that they are harbingers of bigger things. Despite these small flaws, and by way of various pleasures, Gessen’s book reads like the latter. It may be a first foray, but you don’t doubt the intelligence, nor question the fine style."

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