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How It Ended

How It Ended [Kindle Edition]

Jay McInerney
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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'Metropolitan, middle-class young people grow up to learn that their triumphs will be hollow and their relationships false. McInerney flourishes amid the desolation: a kind of breezy, upbeat tone informs these dry, sardonic meditations on worldliness' ESQUIRE

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Discover a world of sex, excess and urban paranoia where worlds collide, relationships fragment and the dark underbelly of the American dream is exposed. A transsexual prostitute accidentally propositions his own father. A senator's serial infidelities leave him in hot water. And two young lovers spend Christmas together high on different drugs. McInerney's characters struggle together in a shifting world where old certainties dissolve and nobody can be sure of where they stand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747585202
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (13 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW0TL6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Search For 'Brilliance' 29 Oct 2000
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'The hour I spent with Amanda made me yearn for something,' recalls Benjamin Braddock in 'My Public Service', one of the ten stories in Jay McInerney's successful first collection of short prose fiction. Amanda is a starlet who briefly canoodles with Benjamin on her way to a Senator's bed. Benjamin, part of the Senator's campaign team, wonders about his yearning. 'Not exactly beauty or sex or power,' he reflects. 'I can only call it brilliance, like a surfeit of life.' In *How It Ended* McInerney's protagonists search for 'brilliance', and each time it turns out to be a will-o'-the-wisp.
'Brilliance' takes different forms, but it is always to do with status, often to do with glamour and sometimes to do with ideals. The Senator gets the girl, not Benjamin, who later finds himself doing PR for a South American dictator whom he abhors. In 'Third Party' Alex goes to Paris to romantically act out his dejection, after having been dumped by his girlfriend in New York. He plays along when two glamorous Parisians seem to mistake him for someone of social distinction. Easily manipulated by them, he is told, finally, 'You're a nobody.'
McInerney is fascinated by the ways in which becoming a 'somebody' makes you a 'nobody.' Martin, a scriptwriter who plots his way to success in 'The Business', remarks that in Hollywood 'the story is always Faust.' One gets the impression that you don't get much in exchange for your soul. Jared, in 'Getting In Touch with Lonnie', is a successful actor. But one feels he might well be joining his wife, in an upmarket mental hospital, soon - especially since his much sought-after dealer is already there.
McInerney also focuses on the less glamorous, 'role-model' worlds of law and medicine.
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This is the first Jay McInerney book I have read in over a decade. His grasp of literature is without doubt superb and his style of writing contains so much depth. His work stands in marked contrast to so many of today's authors, who write stories with outrageous storylines, but little in the way of quality literature. The stories in this book are quiet, subtle tales, set mainly in 1980s Manhattan. As with all short tales, these leave you feeling like you have only heard half the story, and with more questions than answers. Perhaps the very fact that these stories represent a bygone time means that they appear somewhat tired and unoriginal. The title of the book is How It Ended and I cannot help wondering if this should also refer to the end of Jay McInerney's much-copied storytelling genre: Manhattan stories of yuppies and other freaks of the 1980s. It would be great to see his amazing story-telling qualities renewed for the new century, instead of just churning out re-runs from the old.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Jan 2001
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I read Brightness Falls a few years ago and found it thoroughly engrossing and I bought How It Ended purely on the basis of the McInerney 'brand'. However, whilst I am admittedly not a great fan of short stories, I found this collection to contain a few pieces of quality writing, but on the whole to be a disappointment. The stories are simply not particularly good and the language does not manage to carry them in the way that, say, Oscar Wilde was able to do. Occasional flashes of McInerney's obvious talent do appear, but I sometimes found myself reading on simply because I believed that it had to get better. If you're a fan, read it, but don't expect it to live up to his previous work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant enough way to pass the time 14 Oct 2000
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Jay McInerney's latest work, "How It Ended", is a collection of loosely related short-stories that bond against the book's title and overall theme.
Easy enough reading and some of the stuff will make you think, but nothing outstanding. McInerney seems to have lost his way since the late 80s, with his last effort, "Model Behaviour", while certainly not a bad book, it was effectively a "re-make" (re-write?) of "Bright Lights, Big City", his most famous work.
Still, if you like Jay's style, I'd recommend it. Short stories are never as satisfying as a novel but it's a reasonable effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's not very good 11 Aug 2013
when the stories aren't boring, they are cliched. I probably didn't understand it all. 'Smoke' is about the only good story.
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