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2.8 out of 5 stars

on 29 July 2003
Forget 'men from Mars, women from Venus' this book tell you no matter how rational a person we pretend to be, love can reduce us to a a drug starved beast, unsatisfied unless we get the person we desire.

Mark is a charismatic, intelligent, unreliable man who has a ego the size of a lion that has to be constantly fed. In the writing style you can feel both his sexuality and weakness by being attracted to strong, highly intelligent women who he firstly admires then ends up feeling inferior to. To loved for who are is the ultimate compliment but one that Marks finds hard to adhere to as Charity finds much to her dismay.
Sex starts the ball rolling into a passionate love affair that neither party can control which destroys their family lives, their own self respect until one walks away.Ms Oakley cleverly, knowlingly scrutinizes what both women and men want out of relationships .Seeks the holes, gives no answers but lays bear in commonsensical language the physcial and emotional needs in human alliances.
This book is a must for men and women the hidden meanings can haunt you with their accuracy..
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on 31 December 2010
....oh when is the BBC TV series of this book , starring , as can clearly be seen on the BOOK COVER ( for goodness sake ) the estimable Harriet Walters ( now Dame Harriet...wow ,posh! )and the incredibly versatile Bill Nighy going to finally get a release on DVD ?
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on 21 July 2015
Ann Oakley is a sociology professor. (So are her main characters). The take-home is, I think: don't read novels by sociology professors. The characters are mere ciphers created to illustrate Oakley's (feminist) points, without a hint of reality or a halfway plausible character from beginning to end. It's amazingly badly written and clunky, with comments (so simplistic they'd be embarrassing coming from a gobby sixth-former) on the socioeconomic conditions of the eighties ("Margaret Thatcher was gradually eroding the country's standard of living" and suchlike) shoehorned into the narration or put in the mouths of the characters. No-one talks like an actual human being, ever. Or, seemingly, thinks like one. This may be feminism (I'm quite prepared to believe Oakley's non-fiction works are terrific), but it isn't literature.

Actually put this in the bin when I was done with it, rather than donate to charity - I wouldn't want to be responsible for inflicting it on anyone else. A mystery how it could be published.

EDIT: This is a review of "The Men's Room" by Ann Oakley, which for some reason is showing up on this page as well as the right one. I have contacted Amazon about this but received no response yet. I have never reviewed (or read) The Road To Nab End, and would not like my review to put anyone off reading it.
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on 16 February 2011
Bill Nighy was perfectly cast for Mark; you can hear his voice in every speech.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the TV adaptation many years ago, I decided to buy the book. He is a philanderer with 2 children, she is married with 4 children. Why do intellectuals think that ordinary values do not apply to them? Is boredom a valid reason for breaking promises; after all that is all the marriage vows are? At page 32 Charity cannot even be bothered to stop her twins tormenting a cat. Who cares what happens to these deeply self obsessed people! Charity shop for Charity!!!!!
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