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Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The classic that revolutionized the way Americans see marriage. Sold more than 35 million copies and translated into 14 languages.
ebook, 291 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by M. Evans and Company (first published 1972)
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Basil
Apr 29, 2013 Basil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at a Goodwill and picked it up, assuming it was about polyamory or swinging, as the phrase "open marriage" is generally used today. Instead I found a guidebook for loosening some of the more suffocating aspects of a traditional paired marriage while still preserving the institution.

The book starts with some easy themes, those of sharing housework and breaking out of gender roles. Hopefully not a new concept for the modern couple, even if a bit controversial for its day. It then
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M. Thomas
Mar 01, 2012 M. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I got most from this book was how to truly love someone--through honesty, trust, acceptance and understanding. Marriage does not place ownership on anyone and no one has the right to expect another to be everything for himself. We don't love out of obligation. We love because it's who we are. Jealousy is a negative feeling and will only create unhappiness in the end.
Kirsten Tautfest
Mar 20, 2014 Kirsten Tautfest rated it it was amazing
It's about trust and communication, not sleeping around.
Julai
Aug 21, 2011 Julai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, way to go, O'Neills. You totally tricky-tricked me. 250 pages on "Open Marriage," and only two pages even mention the possibility of sleeping with other people. I paid a really good Nebraska quarter for this book! I could've turned that money into a couple of tampons or 1/4 of a corndog or something else I could shove into my vagina, but no. Instead I spent my very own Friday night on the couch with a ten dollar bottle of wine, just looking for the dirty parts in this book like some kind of ...more
Tracy E.
Jun 17, 2011 Tracy E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think many people are missing the point. Put this in a timely perspective. The 70s. Feminism was finally taking hold, and the concept of equal partners in marriage was new. The O'Neills are describing the foundation of open marriage, a new kind of marriage of equals who share and communicate, as opposed to the 50s model of husband rules all. It can be a starting point for anything—polyamory, polyfidelity, or an exclusive, but open-minded, marriage. For me, I found this book highly influential ...more
Jim
Jan 16, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was written in '72/'73, and well... I loved it. The sections on "role flexibility" are hilariously outdated by this point, thankfully-- well maybe not among Promise Keepers and their ilk, but at least in Sunny Blue California. But it's interesting how 40 years after this was published, the rest of the ideas presented here are totally relevant to people's interpersonal relationships-- i'd give a copy of this to plenty of you if I could only find more dollar copies of it in used bookstores. T ...more
Omly
Sep 22, 2009 Omly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this mostly because it had been described to me as being fairly influential at its time, and it seems like it was something that was referenced just often enough that I wanted to make my own opinion.

Honestly, for the most part I just found it sort of boring. The importance of communication (which the book is about for the most part) is not something I think that this book can teach, although it does give it a try. It also focuses a lot on gender roles in marriage, which I felt was not a h
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Mommalibrarian
Aug 15, 2008 Mommalibrarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book had a powerful if disastrous affect on my life and I assume many others. I wonder what research informed it and whether it should be classified as fiction, perhaps horror.
Justin
Sep 23, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Open marriage; a new life style for couples by Nena O'Neill (1972)
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