Ivan Juritz

Taming Gould

Personae

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Personae, Sergio De La Pava’s second novel, would make more sense as his first. Slim, anxious to amuse, awash with irony and knowing pastiche, it seems like the preppy precursor to A Naked Singularity, his debut. Where the latter, an expansive and frequently hilarious portrait of the New York criminal justice system, showed blithe and masterful disregard for literary predecessors, Personae frets in their shadow. 

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