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This review is from: Brightness Falls (Paperback)
I'd read 'bright lights' after seeing it in the 'da funk' video. I found that to be laugh out loud funny and mcinerney's prose to be spare and at times gasp inducing in its accuracy, even touching. So, I tried 'Model Behaviour'. I found that to be a bit of a whine fest and thinly veiled vindictiveness towards presumably an ex partner, although, admittedly it was a bit over my head. I wanted to read 'the good life' to see how the author depicted 9/11, so thought i'd better read the prequel.
I've got just over 300 words into it and i can barely bring myself to finish it. Mcinerney clearly has an understanding of economics and the world of business, which I don't, but i found this to be tedius. The publishing side was a little more interesting. His characters are hackneyed and i agree with the reviewer that said this reads like a soap opera. I'm starting to think that mcinerney is a misogynist that attempts, often rather poorly, to try to say the right thing to impress women so he might get some.
He belabours points; his descriptions often making me cringe, particularly the sex scenes. At one point he splits an infinitive. For all the vocabulary he commands, he's really just fleshing out a trashy lipstick novel, which would perhaps be fine if it wasn't so self important. This is not a great work of literature. He just about gets away with his portrayal of negroes. Not that I particularly cared for this bunch of yuppies.