The C Words Paperback – 4 Aug 2005
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Reminiscent of Nick Hornby in its confessional style, this is a book about men aimed firmly at women. (MARIE CLAIRE)
Funny and entertaining. (CLOSER)
The third hilarious novel from the bestselling author of The Catch, which tackles the dreaded C-words: Commitment, Coupledom, Children.See all Product description
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If you like chicklit, you'll like this book. Read it and weep (with laughter).
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Although this is written by a man it is undoubtedly aimed at the readership of the bottom end of the women's magazine market. The theme concerns 'relationships' and the perceived inability of present day men to settle down.
The narrator's tone must have been chosen to appeal to women and does not portray a realistic man's view. Nick Hornby's 'Hi Fidelity' provides a far more realistic account of a man's perception of relationships (and is far better written). Tony's character is frankly quite pathetic. His view of events breaks up that of the narrator's and is marked by the choice of a different font style. In essence, the separate viewpoints are a good idea, but Tony is so inept and his comments so childlike (I've have not heard the term 'ace' used in praise of something for 20 years and certainly not by a 33 year old man) that the style grates right from the beginning.
The book's attempt at humour, most notable in an incident at Tony's house and at a recording studio (when Elisabeth watches Alex voice over a children's educational cartoon) are equally pitiful.
The dialogue is also unconvincing. Alex visits his mother at her house and gleefully remarks that her bangers and mash are "gorgeous" and "real comfort food". No man would ever say this. As a reader, it just doesn't ring true. Likewise some of the similes and metaphors used are forced and ill chosen.
I would not recommend this book. It is poorly written and an unrealistic portrayal of a man's viewpoint. For an amusing yet realistic insight into an average bloke's mind (as this purports to be) you're far better off reading anything by Nick Hornby. This just does not compare in my view.