According to the UK Guardian’s Kathryn Hughes who reviewed The English Marriage by Maureen Waller:
One thing soon becomes clear from Maureen Waller’s compilation of English marriages through the ages: throwing in your lot – not to mention your heart – with another human being is a risky business. Instead of the deep peace of monogamy and shared bed-and-board, Waller finds example after example of hurt, spite and plain old profiteering. You finish the book wondering why anyone would dare to give up their autonomy, no matter how threadbare, in return for a punt on coupled bliss.
The book definitely sounds like an interesting risk read and I can’t wait to get a copy of it at the library. But as far as any “analysis” of the contents or synopsis I’ve read?
Well, we know the marriage risk in England (like here in America) is pretty enormous, because, well, Britain has become known as the “divorce capital of the world.” That’s high honors and you don’t get that for nothing. You must have done something to earn that title. So it’s pretty safe to assume that most English couples today can expect to lose that “punt on coupled bliss” and exchange it for a big, fat divorce at some point in time. Which is sad. What is the solution? Just eschew marriage? Or what? I wonder what Maureen Wallers big conclusion was? I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. Wonder if she would send us a review copy?