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Wat een man is by David Szalay

miasmuts's review against another edition

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5.0

pacing - perfect. gripping 
characters - round. insane that he was able to introduce nine vivid protagonists in about 40 pages each. 
themes, messages; meaning - the way he was able to bring across such a clear message, without ever making it abundantly "clear". you just know. allows you to feel and let that feeling drive your understanding.
style & imagery - beautiful writing. fraught with elusive metaphors. at times interesting structure contributing to the plot. 

a very unique book. 
in a sense open to interpretation (while still holding firm on the vulnerability, the humanness of man) 

oxnard_montalvo's review against another edition

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Unhappy men go about their lives with varying degrees of self awareness. Loosely connected stories of detatchment and disillusionment, and a certain amount of bleakness, but also humour. Szalay is really skilled at sketching a brief outline that somehow manages to be full of detail and feeling. Characters as well as setting shimmer. Plotwise, not a lot going on. He catches people in the little mundane, in between moments; all the same, the strength of his writing propels things forward.

j32em's review against another edition

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challenging lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Was not invested in this so I cannot tell you what happened

nataliebeech's review against another edition

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challenging emotional funny reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

niionatan01's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

myles79's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

tomstbr's review against another edition

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5.0

Goddamn masterful.

iains33's review against another edition

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emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

canjackread's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

While this book was incredibly written, I found myself searching for reasons to care about many of the characters. Selfish, sex obsessed, disloyal men repeatedly disappointed me while reading. I feel that this book paints a portrait of masculinity that is pessimistic and wasteful. I would have liked to see some positive models of masculinity at least sprinkled through out. Despite this, I was taken aback with how easy to read and vividly illustrative this book was. Every character was written with such depth of feeling which made me feel like I was every age from 17 to 73. Great writing, awful characters. But I guess that’s the point. 

spacebee's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0