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The Stork Club Paperback – 3 Jun 1993

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (3 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747514887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747514886
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,931,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Which is the autobiography of a man whose first wife divorced him, and whose second wife died, leaving him to cope, not entirely alone, but with sole authority over two boys. I go into this level of detail because, for women, it's *hard* to understand how men and boys work. Same as, for men, it's *hard* to understand how women work.

And yet, we do all work. The opinion 'all the people I know and trust work like me, so all people who want to be known and trusted should work like me' is one of the dumbest on the planet.

Having read this immediately after said autobiography, I found this enlightened and impressive, as a picture of how people from one culture can get sucked in, turned around, and spit out by a culture they're not prepared for.

And, yes, I know all the arguments for and against cultural relativism. It's hard to get along with people who see your most heartfelt & cherished beliefs as flimsy opinions. And it's even harder to get on with people who justify that by holding up *their* heartfelt & cherished beliefs, and calling *them* flimsy opinions.

I met a Dutch couple once who were shocked silly by me munching my baby's stomach, and calling her 'Sausage'. Genuinely, solidly shocked. And I was shocked by them being shocked...

Nowt as queer as folk.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is indeed well written. Like her newspaper columns, The Stork Club shows off Maureen Freely's familiarity with and ability to be very funny about the current obsessions and concerns of thirty somethings in general and parents in particular.
However the narrative device of having the novel adressed by the disenchanted husband of one of a close knit group of women friends to his wife is tiresome in the extreme. His voice is at best unconvincing and at worst extremely confusing in it's attempts to descibe real and imagined scenarios to his wife.
I gave up caring about him and the crisis of his being left as primary care-giver to his two young children very early on.
I left the book still intrigued by the Californian community in which it's located but wishing that it had been written simply from the perspective of one of the women involved.
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