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Seven Men

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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Paperback, 70 pages
Published March 6th 2010 by General Books (first published January 1st 1919)
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A couple of days ago, I reviewed Arthur M. Steven's The Blue Book of Charts to Winning Chess , one of the most dismally misguided chess books ever written. Unfortunately, the author had spent most of his life writing it. I'd only borrowed him as a hook on which to hang a Twilight-related parody (I really must stop doing this), and, overcome by rather tardy remorse, I thought I'd go to Google and find out what people had to say about his masterpiece. After a few minutes, I gave
What is it about English wit that is so very unique even when its practitioners are so individual? One thinks of such figures as Ronald Firbank, for example. And Max Beerbohm is clearly another. In this book, a collection of five vignettes or sketches published in 1919, his exquisite, perceptive, and dry satire is brought to focus on individuals so cleanly and clearly that they become for the reader utterly unforgettable, virtual character types or, were one looking at Beerbohm’s actually drawin ...more
Beerbohm, Max. SEVEN MEN. (v.d.; this edition 2000). ****. Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) is one of my favorite English satirists. His only novel, Zuleika Dobson, is a classic, and has been continuously in print since its first publication. This book is a collection of narrative tales, each about a man, or in one case, two men, that the author has imagined. If you count up the number of men in the title page, you’ll find that there are only six men listed. The seventh, of course, is Beerbohm himself. ...more
There are short stories about 6 men, the 7th being the author, who figures prominently in all of them. I had just finished "Zuleika Dobson" and wanted to read more by Max Beerbohm, and this was all I could find. We find the Devil, a ghost, a "lucky" man with an obsession with risk- taking, a man with an obsession about lying, and a man unfortunate enough to be named after the street on which his parents lived. Each one has an unexpected twist at the end, much like O. Henry. Bizarre is another wo ...more
3 1/2 stars

Interesting short stories, very well written. I often find short stories to be a little odd and unsatisfying. I read this because of a reference to Oscar Wilde and others in that era. I really enjoyed "The Importance of Being Earnest" (the play and the movie were both good). So I thought I would give this a chance. I'm glad I did. These stories were a bit odd, but they were also satisfying, some more than others.
"Enoch Soames" is such a 5, as is "A.V. Laider". "'Savonarola' Brown" is uneven but great at its best times. The remaining portraits, though good, left me more satisfied than floored.
So-so. I enjoyed the conceit of each of the three stories in it, but man can I not stand early 1900s english writing.
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Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist.
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