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Seven Men

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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Paperback, 70 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Rarebooksclub.com (first published January 1st 1919)
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Manny
[Original review]

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
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Bruce
Sep 09, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tony
Jun 14, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Douglas Dalrymple
Oct 26, 2015 Douglas Dalrymple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More fun with Uncle Max, this time in the form of brief fictional biographies. The best piece is the first one, on Enoch Soames who had everything necessary to be a big literary hit in the 1890s, except talent. He makes an ill-considered bargain with the devil and pays the price.
Kobe Bryant
Just some good stories
Spencer
Jan 13, 2014 Spencer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, foreign
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
Joe Miguez
Aug 29, 2015 Joe Miguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beerbohm is the most inexplicably neglected of all 20th century writers. Seven Men is brilliant, as is Zuleika Dobson, Beerbohm's only novel-length fiction. Yet I may be the only person I know who's heard of him. I just bought NYRB Classics' collection of his essays (the form for which Beerbohm is best known, to the extent he can be called "known" these days), and look forward to digging into it. A contemporary and equal of Wilde, Beerbohm long outlived Oscar, and arguably outwrote him. Seven Me ...more
Jonathan Rimorin
Aug 19, 2015 Jonathan Rimorin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining piffle. In these six faux-biographies (the "seventh man" of the title being Beerbohm himself, or a Modernist version of him, identity as always being in flux), Beerbohm affectionately tweaks the literary and artistic circle of his day (that day being the 1890s-1910s). Some of them run the gamut from ghost story to time travel; others prefigure Barthelme or Pynchon in their deadpan offhandedness ("What if I get run over by an omnibus and killed?" asks one character before getting run ...more
Karen
Jan 12, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sheela Word
Read this in one day. So imaginative, unpredictable, and fun. The story that sticks with me most, though, is the unfunny (in fact rather chilling) tale of the perpetually lucky gambler who is constantly compelled to stake what he values most.
Rufussenex
May 30, 2008 Rufussenex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
David
Sep 20, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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