All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen audiobook

All the Sad Young Literary Men

By Keith Gessen
Read by Scott Brick

Blackstone Publishing 9780670018550
7.83 Hours Unabridged
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A charming yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century, All the Sad Young Literary Men charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they overthink their college years, underthink their love lives, and struggle through the encouragement of the women who love and despise them to find a semblance of maturity, responsibility, and even literary fame. Heartbroken in his university town, Mark tries to focus his attention on his graduate work concerning Russian revolt, only to be lured again and again to the free pornography on the library computers. Sam binds himself to the task of crafting “the first great Zionist epic” even though he speaks no Hebrew, has never visited Israel, and is not a practicing Jew. Keith, thwarted by inherited notions of greatness and memories of his broken family, finds solace in the arms of the selfless woman who most reminds him of his past. At every turn, at each character’s misstep, All the Sad Young Literary Men radiates with comedic warmth and biting honesty and signals the arrival of a brave and trenchant new writer.

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Summary

A charming yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century, All the Sad Young Literary Men charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they overthink their college years, underthink their love lives, and struggle through the encouragement of the women who love and despise them to find a semblance of maturity, responsibility, and even literary fame.

Heartbroken in his university town, Mark tries to focus his attention on his graduate work concerning Russian revolt, only to be lured again and again to the free pornography on the library computers. Sam binds himself to the task of crafting “the first great Zionist epic” even though he speaks no Hebrew, has never visited Israel, and is not a practicing Jew. Keith, thwarted by inherited notions of greatness and memories of his broken family, finds solace in the arms of the selfless woman who most reminds him of his past.

At every turn, at each character’s misstep, All the Sad Young Literary Men radiates with comedic warmth and biting honesty and signals the arrival of a brave and trenchant new writer.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The ambition of young literary Americans is a kind of trench warfare, and Gessen, an editor of the magazine n+1, proves himself not only a capable observer but a natural novelist with a warm gun.” New York Times
“A convincing portrait of bright young men with vague literary ambitions who can't quite work up the energy to pull the trigger on their futures…[Gessen] extracts a full measure of fun from the proclivity of these smart young guys to intellectualize everything to death…[He] has a deft satiric touch and a nice feel for irony.” Washington Post
“What's so absurdly fascinating and scruffily endearing about Gessen's debut is how it makes white-male privilege read like identity fiction.” Barnes & Noble Review
“There's plenty of irony on tap and more than a few cutting lines.” Publishers Weekly
“Scott Brick captures the vocal personas of the main characters while also delivering a solid narration that emphasizes moments of significance and irony.” AudioFile
“Hilarious...Gessen still manages to tackle serious political subjects while poking fun at how seriously his characters take themselves. Strongly recommended.” Library Journal
“Gessen strikes a marvelous balance between pitilessness and affection toward these young men and manages the impressive feat of being simultaneously savage and tender. A fiercely intelligent, darkly funny first novel.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Keith Gessen

Author Bio: Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen is the author of A Terrible Country and All the Sad Young Literary Men and a founding editor of n+1. He is the editor of three nonfiction books and the translator or co-translator, from Russian, of a collection of short stories, a book of poems, and a work of oral history, Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl. A contributor to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the London Review of Books, he is an assistant professor at the Columbia Journalism School.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English