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Interesting Insight to an escapist 1980s culture.
on 10 September 2017
I was a little disappointed by this book. OK, it evokes a time and place-to use a Brit term 'the champagne fuelled Yuppie culture of the 1980s.' This is the New York version but the same thing was going on in London at the same time. I was half-hoping the author would end the book by commenting allegorically on this period in our history. Perhaps he does this to an extent, or more likely leaves us to make up our own minds.
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...