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All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
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Feb 08, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: literary-fiction
Recommended for: No one
Read from February 07 to 12, 2011 , read count: 1

Ugh. I got about 50 pages into this book and realized I didn't care about any of the characters at all. In fact, I found them all totally insufferable. If it had been an ordinary day, I would've pretty much abandoned the book right then. But I was on jury duty, sitting in an uncomfortable chair in City Hall, with no clear end to the day and no other books with me. So I kept on. Eventually, at about the 150 page mark, I began to care about the characters a little. After jury duty ended, I decided to finish the book, expecting that as I went on, I would care about the characters more and more. That never happened. I never cared about them more than a little. Wow, were they irritating. Maybe they were supposed to be, but that doesn't exactly make them any more fun to read about. And what was up with the photos at the beginning? Did Keith Gessen intend to put photos all through the book, but eventually realized it was a stupid idea? It is a stupid idea, mind you, but he should have removed the ones from the beginning of the book, to make it all a little less random.

In the second half of the book, there were a few good lines, even moving, touching lines, scattered here and there. That only made things worse. It made it seem like there was a legitmately good book in there somewhere, and it never made it out. Pass on this one.
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