Model Behaviour Hardcover – 16 Jul 1998
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'A fast-paced, funny tale of true love gone wrong, full of McInerney's wit and style' Cosmopolitan 'A comedy of dysfunction, a satire on a world in which Narcissus is God. Yet, beneath its running gags and scathing one-liners, there lies a more urgent critique of America's vain glory' Daily Express 'Model Behaviour does for the nineties what Bright Lights, Big City did for the eighties. It is just as stylish, just as sharp, not quite as sad, but, if anything, funnier. New York, New York: so good he nailed it twice' Independent on Sunday 'Readable yet complex - and with more witty one-liners than you can shake a stick at' Daily Mirror --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages and The Good Life. He lives in New York and Nashville. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Anyway Model Behaviour is narrated by Connor McKnight, a jobbing hack for CiaoBella! magazine. He is going out with a model, Philomena, who suddenly doesn't come home one day. Despite his easy way with all the modern world's instant communication tools, he cannot get in touch with her. Meanwhile he is receiving increasingly scary emails from an obsessive fan of his journalism. He is trying to keep his job by getting an interview with the latest Hollywood heartthrob; he is worried about his brainiac anorexic sister; and his best friend has a book coming out and is worried about the reviews. If it all sounds painfully incestuous and inward-looking, don't be put off. McInerney has a few surprises in store, a genuinely engaging protagonist, and one of those effortless styles that we're always being told is as hard to write as it is easy to read. I believe them. Model Behaviour is a small masterpiece.
To say that I enjoyed this novel almost seems a shame, such is the invective that is hidden just below the surface of the witty one-liners that cover the book. It is as if one should be perhaps ashamed for recognising ourselves in the reflection afforded by the narrative and as much as we try and cover it up, our weaknesses and foibles are revealed and magnified.
McInerney could be thought of as being a man of throw-away lines, but there is far more to this book than a comedy: it's an excellent perspective on the state of 90's life and for that alone comes highly recommended. Time taken to consider this novel's implications is time well spent.
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