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Not so insightful after all.
on 11 November 2014
I am not a fan of this book. I felt that the archetypes were portrayed in very narrow terms, not allowing for any crossover of types. I felt that the chapter on Virgins almost excused mans occasional urge to rape as being a very understandable one. Having gone through all the phases in the book in my own life, I didn't really recognise their various attributes except as extreme examples. The virgin described seemed to be a knowing minx, the mother completely absorbed in motherhood to the exclusion of all else, the bitch only apparently like that because of some sort of trauma in early life, never mind natural inclination. Some of the information, like the origin of the word damn, were wrong, and that always makes me a sceptical reader. The anecdotal stories in each chapter were written in the worst sort of cheap magazine style. I had expected great things of this book, but instead I got airy fairy notions disguised as great insight.