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I wouldn't want to marry him but . . .
on 5 April 2001
. . . BUT, I loved reading about him and I really cared what happened to him. More than that, it wasn't so much what happened to him but who he became. That is, to my mind, largely what this book is about. Frankie is trying to become someone he can like and admire. This is why he is so desperate to hold on to his friends from childhood, who he sees as a reflection of himself, and why he is determined to marry his upmarket girlfriend even though he is not really sure if he loves her.
Frankie isn't sure if he loves anyone, he doesn't even know what love is. It was his awareness of this and his growing suspicion that this was a regrettable way to be, that made the book so moving for me. I hope it isn't a true portrayal of what goes on inside all men, but I do believe that it represents some . . . in fact, I'm pretty sure I've dated one or two!!
I laughed a lot, I spend entire tube journeys with an unsuppressible grin branded on my face. At other times I felt so sad for them all that I wanted them to be real so that I could comfort them. (What a soppy girlie thing to say!)
There is much to learn from this book, not all pleasant, and a lot to discuss with friends who read it too.
Buy it, read it, pass it around!