With its angst-ridden, sensualist hero, Anne Garborg's classic invites comparison with the classic European decadent novels of the turn of the century--Huysmans's Against the Grain and Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Unlike the protagonists of those novels, however, the hero of Weary Men is treated with irony. And while it is a brilliant novel of ideas, Weary Men has endured primarily because of the acuity with which Garborg explores the roguish main character's psychological makeup.
"Both painstakingly discursive and persuasively dramatic, this is an impressive confessional work worthy of comparison to Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground and also such later nihilist masterpieces as Hamsun's Mysteries and Gide's The Immoralist." --Raleigh News & Observer
"A rich work." --Kirkus Reviews