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Rumble, Young Man, Rumble by Benjamin Cavell
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Jul 19, 2009

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Fiction A-Z Book 'C': Rumble, Young Man, Rumble by Benjamin Cavell

This book of short stories was just a little bit maddening. The jacket description of the book paints it as a look at modern masculinity, and a lot of that is present. He's a very good writer, and I think he has a great book in him, but the stories here with a more rugged "machismo" element are not particularly good ("Balls, Balls, Balls", for example). It feels like he's trying to be Bret Easton Ellis, and he's just not Ellis. Cavell really shines in the stories with a softer, more humanistic edge, and this is what he should play to in the future.

Standout stories: "All the Nights of the World", "The Ropes"

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