Glenny’s Writing Style

Posted: October 1, 2011 in GLOA 491

I’ve only just started of Glenny’s McMafia, but I already like his style more than Shelly’s, Kara’s, and Bales’. It seemed that these three authors were so anxious to get their points across that they just jumped from factoid to factoid to random victim story and back again so often that their arguments and narratives at times were boring or difficult to follow.

Glenny’s style is different. Instead of compressing facts and sad stories from various victims under a common theme, his style is to tell a story by following a single set of characters and letting the facts flow (and the point get across) organically. Maybe it’s just the way my brain works, but this style is much easier to follow along with than the styles of the other three authors.

There could be several reasons for this. For one, Shelly, Kara and Bales are all academics (Kara is a research fellow and Shelly and Bales are college professors), while Glenny is a career author and journalist, and has to write for everyday people. Also, Glenny’s topic, international organized crime, is much broader than human trafficking or sex slavery, and because this topic encompasses a more diverse range of activities and stories, his book feels less repetitive than the others.

Just some initial thoughts on McMafia

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