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BOOK REVIEW: What, if anything, does “Year of the Cock: The Remarkable True Account of a Married Man Who Left his Wife and Paid the Price” by TV producer Alan Wieder say about the state of marriage in this country?

Have you read Alan Wieder’s midlife crisis memoir, Year of the Cock? Me neither. But I just read Barbara Ellen’s review in the UK Observer and I’m not sure if it makes me want to go out and read the book, or if I should just vomit.

Barbara observes Al on marriage:

Here’s Al on marriage: “A soul-destroying gulag, from which, after years of voluntary thralldom, I’d finally mustered the courage to escape. Every married guy I knew openly and quite pitifully fantasised about how kick-ass his life would be if he could only figure out how to give Wifey the heave-ho.” Married men: “A mirthless castrated lot whose lives were effectively terminated.” Single guys: “Got shit done, got laid, and got to do whatever they wanted.” As for leaving the wife he’d loved since college: “I’ll be the first to admit I felt nothing for her. I just didn’t care.”

Wow. No wonder that marriage ended, eh? I would opine on this but I think it’s better if I link to Barbara Ellen’s review. I could not have put this any better myself: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/25/male-midlife-crisis-masculinity-feminism

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