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Morrison is one of the best writers we have on sex; its motivations, ramifications and repercussions. His previous titles explored this, often as the central motif. In Menage he writes with a new assurance, structuring the story within multilayered faux history. Set in the Britart world of the 80s the novel not only reflects the desires and conflicts within an unconventional sexual relationship but accurately depicts the rise of YBAs. Funny, tender and insightful, it falls between genres but never fails to engage and entertain.
The video portrayals in it are particularly believable, and uncommonly for a book describing an imaginary art, they work as pieces on their own. You can see them clearly looping in your mind, in fact the novel has a very cinematic feel to it (albeit more Godard than Spielberg), if I had the money I would certainly purchase the film rights. Any movie of this novel would direct itself.
I am reluctant to say anymore on the plot for fear of spoiling the read, other reviewers here give more away, my best advice is just buy it. I would be very surprised if you were disappointed. I've lent my copy to four people, both genders, aged between 20 and 50, and all loved it. A higher recommendation I couldn't think of.
The past storyline is complimented by the two meeting again now, grown up, but not much wiser, and with their coupling comes the reappearance of Saul, the least likeable of the three.
A thought -provoking idea which is entirely believable and a step on from his previous book 'Swung'.
Menage is the tale of 3 dysfunctional artists living a life of debauched squalor in London. As the title suggests, a little bit of a love-triangle develops but this is handled in a very deft manner. For those expecting lashings of sex, a'la 'Swung' forget it it - this threeway is more about unspoken love, jealousy and obsession.
Coming across like 'Withnail & I' for the Generation X (indeed the book itself makes a knowing comment about the characters baring similarities to the titular Withnail and 'I') this tale has lashings of dark humour, booze & drug exploits aplenty and yet still manages to poke fun at the pretentious arts world that comprises the majority of Ewan Morrison's fan-base.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Menage is a witty, clever, well written book. But Morrison is too good a writer to suspend his story by the thin threads of cleverness. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2009 by ThePopulation
I enjoyed this book a lot and read it very quickly but found it left me with plenty to think about. It's probably particularly funny if you're an artist or have some knowledge of... Read morePublished on 27 July 2009 by Kate Hardey
Another low quality offering from Ewan Morrison. His early collection of short stories showed real promise, but this is another novel (following in the footsteps of Swung and... Read morePublished on 25 July 2009 by MisterHobgoblin