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Perfidious Man [Paperback]

Will Self , David Gamble
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2 Nov 2000
Through text and pictures, this book will explores what it is to be a man at the turn of the century, whether masculinity can be said to have any currency any more, and asks "where have all the real men gone?"

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670889814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670889815
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 18 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It opened my eyes... 6 July 2003
I must admit that I am quite a big fan of the fictional and journalistic work of Will Self. Which was the main reason that I invested a little interest in this book. I had never heard of the award-winning David gamble up to this point, but I decided to say goodbye to any sense of trepidation I may have had and risk the small amount of money I needed to part with to see what this book was all about.
As the blurb describes, it centres around the concept of masculinity. The role of the male in the modern world. After forty years of feminism, Will Self and David Gamble seem to suggest that not only has traditional male-gender roles been virtually erased, but there does not seem to any sufficient replacement. The 'New Man' seeming to be something of an optimistic sociological euphemism for the empty shell which rests in its place.
However, through the beautiful black-and-white images of David Gamble. A wide variety of different men, from different countries, races, social background and occupations: Gamble seems to establish a fair cross-reference of the everyday world. From children, to transvestites, to artists, to writers, to people selling batteries in New York, to nuclear physicists (Stephen Hawking is included), Gamble finds a place for all of them. His photographs are beautifully naturalistic, and are a pleasure to look at. Subtle, yet powerful.
Will Self's written accompaniment is also stirring. Restrained yet creative, he spends time developing the background to their collective observations. Building up a fascinating picture of his own childhood, and the lack of a role model that he found through his own father. He explores, using easy to read, provoking methods, the concepts of masculinity and the male gender roles in society.
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