The Love Hexagon Paperback – Sep 7 2000
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An excruciating comic masterpiece. -- Sunday Times
About the Author
William Sutcliffe is the author of two previous English bestsellers, New Boy and Are You Experienced? When he is not working on his novels, Sutcliffe writes for a number of British newspapers and magazines.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. This book is unoriginal because it focuses on 6 twentysomething friends who live and work in London. (Seems to be a popular theme these days).
2. The story line is beyond predictable. After the first couple of chapters any capable reader can guess who will end up with whom.
3. Finally this book is unbelievable. All six characters have the ability to discover exactly what they are feeling, why they are acting the way they are, what they should do and what the other person is thinking. There is no fumbling, and no guessing when it comes to figuring the situation out.
If you are going to read anything by Sutcliffe, go for "Are you Experienced" and leave "Love Hexagon" on the shelf.
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.
I think the real problem is that the characters just coast along without being particularly interesting or funny. I can vaguely remember William Sutcliffe creating some potential for the exploration of some pretty deep stuff during the middle of the book but then nothing developed - I wonder why not? Maybe the author just got bored and took it out on his characters?
If you are looking an easy read on a long flight then this book is as good as any - but if you're looking for something with a bit more spunk try William Sutcliffe's earlier book "Are you Experienced" .
Bear with me. This shouldn't take too long.
Some words just make your heart fall. In a moment, I'll use the word "misadventures". It's against my better judgement and I use it knowing that the word is used to enliven an essentially tired proposition (I figure that "misadventures" is used in much the same way as defibrillators are used against the chest of somebody with cardiac problems). For misadventures, read typical. For misadventures, read boring. For misadventures, read predictable and stale.
"The Love Hexagon" (don't get me started on that title) concerns itself with the misadventures of six Londoners (three men and three women - are we still living in the nineteenth century?) as they fall in and out of friendship, love, bed, the off-licence, the video shop and the pub. Some of them sleep together. Some of them break up. Some of them are mean. Some of them are alright. All of them - all of them - are instantly forgettable. (I could refer back to the book and tell you their names but the names are ciphers for empty space - these people aren't shallow, these people don't exist beyond the confines of reported speech.)
Much of the book is conversation between two or more people. That isn't a problem, as such. (I mean, Manuel Puig wrote at least two books I know - the wonderful "Kiss of the Spiderwoman", the equally wonderful "Eternal Curse on the Reader of these Pages" - entirely in reported speech.) It's more the fact that what gets said is just so damn worthless.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
An entertaining dissection of the workings of the soul of 3 British (very British) couples. I particularly enjoyed how the author shows the vanity of his characters who go at... Read morePublished on June 3 2001
i read this one a couple of weeks ago, because i was on a british kick...i was in england last fall and i really like the place and the people... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2001 by Erren Geraud Kelly
After reading Are You Experienced?, I eagerly checked out this novel and was not disappointed. The plot isn't groundbreaking but what makes the book so interesting is Sutcliffe's... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I rushed through Sutcliffe's book over a weekend. His quick prose flows brilliantly through a complex multi-character story of relationships gone awry. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000