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Depends what sort of 'bloke' you are,
This review is from: The Bloke's Guide To Pregnancy (Paperback)
The entire bibliography of recommended further reading at the back of this book consisted of one book each by Tony Parsons, Ben Elton and Nick Hornby. If that fact alone doesn't immediately put you off ever reading a single syllable of Jon Smith, then you might enjoy this book.
"The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy" isn't entirely without merit - 200 or 300 pages matily exhorting you to spend a little less time in the pub and a bit more time helping with the washing up can only have a positive overall impact on society. Whether it will have a positive impact on your experience as an expectant father depends on whether or not you view Messrs Parsons, Elton and Hornby as spokesblokes for 21st century Britain. And whether or not you forgive clunky, cliche-ridden prose and widespread apostrophe abuse.
If your immediate response to the news of your partner's pregnancy wasn't "oh no, what about drinking beer and watching football?" then read a real book on pregnancy that treats both of you as intelligent human beings. "Your Pregnancy Bible: The Experts' Guide to the Nine Months of Pregnancy and the First Weeks of Parenthood" by Anne Deans is particularly recommended.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2008 10:23:32 GMT
Mr. S. J. Claringbold says:
The title is the BLOKE'S guide to pregnancy. Surely that should've given you a hint what it was all about.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2009 14:01:44 BDT
T. S. Debbage says:
Definition of the word 'bloke': A man, fellow.
What's your point, exactly?
Posted on 21 Sep 2009 22:19:12 BDT
Thank you. My "bloke" is definitely not one for the pub and watching football (thank goodness!) so I'm not sure he would relate to this book. It sounds to me a bit like the "Emma's Diary" series of pregnancy guides - totally sexist, cliched and embarrassingly out of date. Fortunately, I didn't choose to have a baby with a neanderthal, so I won't be needing any book to tell him to stay out of the pub and do some washing up occasionally.
I'll check out the other book that you recommend. Thank you for the informative review, you've saved me wasting a tenner on the reinforcement of sexual stereotypes and the dumbing down of men.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 12:51:32 GMT
Hmm, interesting views. My husband likes the pub and watching the rugby - but that certainly doesn't put him into a 'neanderthal' category - in itself a stereotype. I've just ordered the two books mentioned above, we can both read the informative (I trust) 'bible', yet he has another book aimed directly at men, which he may or may not find useful/interesting/funny. I want him to feel involved in the pregnancy and birth and everything that comes afterwards, as much as possible, I see too often the father ends up feeling a little sidelined. I look forward to looking through both books (though I may put the man's guide down quite quickly!)
Posted on 1 Feb 2010 08:39:26 GMT
Mr. D. A. Lawrence says:
Congratulations for writing possibly the most pompous book review I've ever read.
I'm DEFINITELY going to order this... now if I can just find my wallet under the piles of FHM Magazine and empty kebab wrappers....
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2010 13:51:16 GMT
Mrs. R. Collins says:
I own both the 'bible' and this book. My husband flicks through the 'bible', but his attention span is much shorter than mine, despite the fact he is an enlightened and conscientious City worker and NOT a neanderthal man. I have read both decided this book was far more suitably targeted at him as a first time dad. I also purchased 'from here to paternity' and felt this was a much lighter read, without insulting his intelligence.
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