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Story of My Life (Bloomsbury Classic) Hardcover – 23 Jun 1994
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'Line for line, it's one of the funniest novels I have ever read' John Sutherland, London Review of Books 'McInerney has proven himself not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterisation, with a keen eye for the incongruities of urban life' New York Times Book Review 'Story of My Life is quite as brilliant as Bright Lights, Big City' Sunday Times 'McInerney's novels, filled with the depiction of glamorous imbecilities and hilarious excesses, are acute about a certain kind of Manhattan amorality. They offer a swift, intelligent guide to the latest racket' Observer -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.
About the Author
One of a dazzling new generation of American writers (including Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz), Jay McInerney came to prominence in 1984 with his first novel Bright Lights, Big City. He is the author of six further novels: Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, Model Behaviour and The Good Life, the collection of stories How It Ended and, most recently, a work of non-fiction, A Hedonist in the Cellar. The Last Bachelor is his second collection of stories. He lives in New York City. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.
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Here the vernacular is different but the outcomes, the same. Some of the slang and swagger is difficult to keep up with yet sometimes very funny. This was a culture based on money, sex, alcohol and drugs: nothing particularly original about that so the author is chronicling a historical period in our fairly recent history. What it wasn't was a Counter Culture. It was something encouraged and fuelled by an Anglo-Saxon, Neo-Conservative establishment. The fact that it didn't materialise to anything like the same level in other cultures is testament to its American/British heritage. Has it endured and evolved? I have to say, unfortunately, yes.
I secretly quite like our heroine. She can be viewed as monstrous yet McInerney just gives her enough rope to hang herself with whilst leaving a door open for her to escape. Whether she goes through the door or not...
This is excellent writing by a male about the female psyche and well worth a read. I saw a recent interview with the author about the current state of the USA and I can't help thinking he had in mind his '8Os characters when commenting about current events. However, what side they are now on is a matter for conjecture. Read this and see if you can decide...
This is done nicely, however, using the first person to carry the narrative at a nice pace. Personally, I'm never sure about males writing through female narrators, but here it works flawlessly, and the character is so real it is easy to be drawn in and read the story as an autobiography - a feat in itself. There are also plenty of occasions where the reader can see the pothole before the narrator falls into it, which again draws you in.
In short, this isn't rocket science, but it's a really good read, with strong characters and a real energy to it - I finished it in 3 or 4 days without noticing. If you like the genre, this is a good example
As soon as I openned , Story of my life, I was hooked. On the surface it may appear like a bunch of middle class, or well off, young adults feeling sorry for themselves, but it actually goes alot deeper, and wilder.
The characterisation is seriously strong, and the prose addictive. The honesty in how Alison thinks and talks is enlightening and refreshing. I believe she is real, and that their are Alisons out there, in the world, not just 1980's New York.
It reads as if she is talkig to you, which it should, but so many one person narrative books don't.
I read this book in 3 sittings, and woke up early before work to finish it. A book hasn't grabbed me like this since I read, Junky, and, Catcher of the rye.
I firmly believe this is better than, Bright lights Big City, and has kicked it's way into my top 3 of all time.
This book is pure skill, unique, and exciting. Yes it is set in the 1980's, but it still feels relevent in today's society.
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