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I Don't by Susan Squire
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Nov 22, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: those already married
Read in November, 2008

Witty and fun, this historical look at marriage in the West reads more like an essay in Maxim than an academic paper.

Susan Squire starts with Genesis and traces the history of marriage from Biblical beginnings up through the reformation, ending with Martin Luther. Marriage here only serves as the lens through which to view misogynistic cultural attitudes towards women in the West - and it's an entertaining, if maddening, romp.

A vivid outline of cultural "progress" in the West, I Don't is highly entertaining, with lots of banter and double entendres to keep you reading.


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