I eagerly picked up this novel, hoping to find the sense of personal discovery of "New Boy" (Sutcliffe's first novel, deserving of a long overdue release in the States), or the manic, comic glee of "Are You Experienced?" "The Love Hexagon" offers neither. What it does offer is an account of twenty-something Londoners who are cynically detached from their jobs, their aspirations, and their personal relationships. The six main characters can't really come to terms with each other, as they have yet to come to terms with themselves.
After what seems like a decade of "Friends" and far too many films starring Ethan Hawke-types as self-loathing urban romantics, the plot of this book is patently unremarkable. Still, Sutcliffe is a superior talent; his dialog moves crisply with superb cadence and aural vigor. As with his other works, Sutcliffe demonstrates why he is an international talent who deserves the acclaim he's received: he understands the anxieties of our generation and presents them in a manner void of the didactic and the bombastic. His characters speak with the requisite sophisticate irony, but with a sense of candor -which if not done well would come across as whiny earnestness.
This is an entertaining read, though ultimately unsatisfying when compared to his other works. If you have yet to read any Sutcliffe novels, start with this one and move on to the others. Whatever its shortcomings, "The Love Hexagon" has not diminished my anticipation for Sutcliffe's next book.