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A Married Man

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
John Strickland is a middle-aged barrister with a wife, Clare, and two children. Staying with his parents-in-law at their house in Norfolk, he reads Leo Tolstoy’s novella, The Death of Ivan Illych, and this precipitates a mid-life crisis. What has happened to his youthful ideals to do good in the world? What has happened that has made his marriage go stale? It is the perio ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 28th 1984 by Avon Books (first published 1979)
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Lynne King
Jul 09, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-own, fiction
I was reminded of this book by Brian today. I read this book about fifteen years or so if I recall. It's all about a barrister, who is so frustrated with his life and then he meets Paula if I remember. But then his world is completely thrown upside down by his wife because of her religion.

And the denouement, well. This a fabulous book. I must reread this. Excellent writing style.

I was looking at this book again and I'm not too sure if I'm qualified to write a review on it. Here's a man, who's lo
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Kaloyana Slavova
Jan 23, 2014 Kaloyana Slavova rated it really liked it
Много силна, интересна, психологическа книга. Като сюжет не чак толкова изненадваща - един мъж, който си има всичко - жена, две деца, кариера, приятели, къща и вила, се обзавежда с любовница, защото си умира от скука, а и поради много други причини, описани в книгата и разработени много добре. Има и крими елемнт и стана малко като трилър, но не това е важното. Интересно беше как историята е пречупена почти през цялото време през неговата призма и чак накрая разбираме и позицията на жена му. Текс ...more
Galina
"Полезно би било, разбира се, ако имаше бог, защото той поне би могъл да прозре през самонадеяността на човека и през предубеждението на приятелите и враговете му, да види истинската личност. Той поне би могъл да пресее доброто от злото във всяка негова постъпка. "Дори и аз бих повярвал в бога, помисли си Джон, ако той може да ми покаже какъв човек съм всъщност."

Жесток роман, един от най-добрите, които ми попаднаха през тази година.
Жесток във всеки един смисъл на това понятие. Прекрасен език, ди
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Nina
Oct 26, 2014 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Книгата много ми хареса. Типично английска, действието се развива 1973-1974 година - времена на икономическа криза в Англия. Разказва се за един отегчен от семейния живот мъж, адвокат, който изживява криза на средната възраст. Реално има всичко, но чувства неудовлетворение и решава да се впусне в политиката. Не среща очакваната подкрепа у жена си и започва уж неангажираща връзка с друга. Много откровена, на места ми се стори дори брутална/цинична мъжка гледна точка относно семейството, любовта, ...more
Leslie
Oct 08, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The shelves are full of books of middle-class, middle-aged men being frustrated with their lives and wondering what to do now, and this is another one, but it's wittier and better written than many. Set in the dark days of early '70s Britain, rocked by labour unrest, strikes, shortages, and rolling blackouts, it's also more explicitly political. John Strickland is frequently annoying, but he's always believable as he flails about trying to make sense of his life, afflicted with what he calls "Iv ...more
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Apr 06, 2013 Bibi Rose rated it it was amazing
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David Hill
Jan 20, 2014 David Hill rated it really liked it
One man's midlife crisis in 1970's England. The novel is a well written psychological study with excellent character descriptions and a bit of intrigue.
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British novelist and non-fiction writer. Educated at the Benedictines' Ampleforth College, and subsequently entered St John's College, University of Cambridge where he received his BA and MA (history). Artist-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin (1963-4), Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York (1967-8), member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1971-5), member of ...more
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