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The Love Hexagon [Paperback]

William Sutcliffe
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Sept. 7 2000
Meet Lisa, Guy, Keri, Graham, Helen, and Josh. With a tangle of secret lusts hovering amongst them, it only takes one betrayal to trigger a sudden collapse of social and sexual decorum. As these young Londoners fall in and out of bed with one another in a series of sexual adventures, misadventures, accidents, triumphs, and failures, casual indiscretions begin to have irreversible consequences. By turns funny and sad, embarrassing and moving, The Love Hexagon asks how deep loyalties within a group of friends run when eyes and hearts begin to stray.

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An excruciating comic masterpiece. -- Sunday Times

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, unoriginal, unbelievable Oct. 16 2001
Format:Paperback
I picked up "Love Hexagon" after reading and enjoying "Are you Experienced" by William Sutcliffe. In one sentence, if I had not read any of Sutcliffe's other works, I would have put this book down after 15 pages. I felt no emotion for the characters and generally found this book to be unoriginal, extremly predictable, and unbelievable Let me explain.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sutcliffe's Weakest Effort Thus Far March 23 2001
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What happened again? March 11 2001
Format:Paperback
There is one quite memorable scene in this book where two of the characters try discussing a movie they have just seen but find themselves unable to do so because they have forgotten the movie already. It wasn't a bad movie - just a bit nothing. Oddly enough, that's pretty much how I'd describe this book - with the exception of the aforementioned scene. I read the book quite happily, but as soon as I had turned the last page the whole reading experience seemed a bit of a blur.
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" .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Writing Feb. 18 2001
Format:Paperback
Truman Capote didn't like Jack Kerouac. Referring to "On the Road", he said: "That isn't writing, that's typing." Heaven knows what Truman Capote would have made of William Sutcliffe's books.
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.
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