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  • ISBN: 0465070671
  • Author: Anne Roiphe
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Subcategory: Relationships
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Basic Books; export ed edition (April 30, 2003)
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • ePUB size: 1606 kb
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Anne Roiphe does not present herself as a sage who knows all the answers. In "Marriage: A Fine Predicament" she muses on her two marital unions.

by Anne Roiphe (Author). Anne Roiphe does not present herself as a sage who knows all the answers. The first one, made at a young age to a self-absorbed playwright, produced a daughter and some hard-won self-insight and wisdom. The second, a longlasting union with a psychoanalyst who helped her raise their blended family of five daughters--two his, one hers, and two theirs-has given her optimism and faith in the institution of marriage.

Anne Roiphe (born December 25, 1935) is an American writer and journalist Married: A fine Predicament (2002). ISBN 9780747568513, OCLC 56450293.

Anne Roiphe (born December 25, 1935) is an American writer and journalist. She is best known as a first-generation feminist, and author of the novel Up The Sandbox (1970), which was filmed as a starring vehicle for Barbra Streisand in 1972. In 1996, Salon called the book "a feminist classic. 1 Background and education. Roiphe was married twice. Married: A fine Predicament (2002).

Married: A Fine Predicament. In "Married: A Fine Predicament," she explores each of these topics by describing examples from history, from books, and from her own experiences

Married: A Fine Predicament. In "Married: A Fine Predicament," she explores each of these topics by describing examples from history, from books, and from her own experiences. Talking about marriage, by n Marriage, and whether or not to marry, is the topic of Anne Roiphe's memoir. In it, she explores the traditional marriages in history; the sexual revolution and its impact on marriage; the additional issues that children bring to the marriage; and how divorce and remarriage impact the individuals, the family, and the future.

Married : a fine predicament. by. Roiphe, Anne Richardson, 1935-. New York, NY : Basic Books. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on October 26, 2010.

With clarity Anne Roiphe gives us an unfettered view of an institution which continues to play an important role . Anne Roiphe is the best-selling author of several books.

With clarity Anne Roiphe gives us an unfettered view of an institution which continues to play an important role in all our lives. In doing so she offers an elegant defence of married life from the perspective of a wife and mother who has survived the fifties, the sexual revolution and the woman's movement. She lives in New York City.

A defence of married life from the perspective of a wife who survived the 1950s, the sexual revolution and the women's movement. Drawing upon a range of examples from history, literature and popular culture, the book discusses both the emotional and social points of view.

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Anne Roiphe is the best-selling author of several books. Country of Publication. Family, Health & Relationships.

A defense of the joys of married life for women by the author of Up the Sandbox is presented from the perspectives of a wife and mother who witnessed the 1950s, the sexual revolution, and the women's movement, drawing on examples from history, literature, and popular culture.
Comments: (5)
Jorad
Marriage, and whether or not to marry, is the topic of Anne Roiphe's memoir. In it, she explores the traditional marriages in history; the sexual revolution and its impact on marriage; the additional issues that children bring to the marriage; and how divorce and remarriage impact the individuals, the family, and the future.

In Married: A Fine Predicament, she explores each of these topics by describing examples from history, from books, and from her own experiences.

Talking about marriage, by necessity, also involves analyzing the different kinds of marriages and the expectations in each. For example, some marriages allow for infidelities, while others cling to monogamy. The author describes how the need for monogamy might seem contrary to some of her own experiences, like being a "revolutionary, a lover of freedom, a rebel against conventional bonds." Yet in marrying her second (and last) husband, she realized, after getting to know him and his values (he felt disloyal if he dated more than one woman at a time), that she could not violate such a man's trust.

After a thorough and detailed description of the various contemporary kinds of couples, from the living together to the married, and all the formats in between, she states:

"Marriage is not the only way to be respectable these days and social power is possessed by those who mock the rules (rock and rap stars, movie stars, wealthy men) and social disapproval carries no real sting in urban America and less than it used to across the land." She goes on to say that "marriage can answer one human problem better than any other solution yet divined. It can assuage our loneliness."

Obviously, this author is in favor of marriage, despite is many flaws and failings. She is not anti-divorce, as she writes that sometimes the ending of a marriage is the best solution for all.

Personally, I have experienced marriage and various forms of companionship in between, and while I have, finally, at this time, decided that my individual journey works best for me, I can see the appeal that others find in the institution. Sometimes the children of divorce suffer permanent trauma, but at the same time, the children in unhappy marriages may sustain life-long damage as well.

My conclusions are that each of us has to decide what works best in our own lives, and hopefully have the courage of our convictions.

This thoughtful, provocative, and meaningful exploration earned five stars from me.
Burking
Anne Roiphe does not present herself as a sage who knows all the answers. In "Marriage: A Fine Predicament" she muses on her two marital unions. The first one, made at a young age to a self-absorbed playwright, produced a daughter and some hard-won self-insight and wisdom. The second, a longlasting union with a psychoanalyst who helped her raise their blended family of five daughters---two his, one hers, and two theirs--has given her optimism and faith in the institution of marriage.

She worries for some of her daughters, as yet unmarried, and ponders whether arranged marriages---the norm in many places over many centuries---work out better than "romantic" ones. She roams over many topics, including the introduction of children into the marriage, the influence of in-laws, the differing gender-natures of male and female, the recurring patterns of relationships in families.

I enjoyed the book for Roiphe's witty, elegant yet clear-as-water prose, although I didn't agree with all of her statements and/or conclusions. Since she wrote in far less than didactic style, I don't think she'll mind. Readers, especially those who are wives- and- mothers over a certain age, will find her excellent company as she probes our common concerns. Highly recommended!
Zeli
It's difficult to give high marks to a book about marriage which doesn't include the phrase "marriage confers no rights on men, only obligations". Thus, I'd say this book is mostly for women. Between the misc biographical info on the author's own two marriages and the various philosophical meanderings with regard to the subject, the main message here is that marriage is an extremely fragile object (not that Roiphe is the sort of author to boil it down so). The fact that love is a glue which can evaporate rather predictably is not exactly news, as it's the prime rationale behind efforts to involve the state in enforcing the marriage contract and strengthening the institution. But this isn't that sort of book. Rather, it's the sort which raises a lot of questions and only sometimes provides tentative answers. Some may say this makes the book seem deep and profound. I nearly lost interest half way through, though I did like some of the second half better than the first (such as the section on arranged marriages). There were one or two gems of wisdom to be gleaned, but not enough to make me really enthusiastic and recommend the book.
I had several gripes. Roiphe makes several patently ridiculous statements along the way without seeming to realize it. Maybe she needs to challenge her sacred cows more. Her many references to characters in various novels will likely be lost on someone who wasn't an English major (or maybe a Feminist Studies major). And she's stuck in the paradigm where it's always progressive liberal feminist types battling it out with traditional conservative christian family values types. In other words, she's oblivious to any possible third, fourth, or fifth perspective, which can make a reader feel left out or unimportant. Heck, she wouldn't like me anyway because I climb mountains, an activity she only shows she doesn't understand and therefore probably shouldn't be mentioning to make a point. (Same goes for day-trading the stock market.) I also thought it somewhat strange that hubbie #1 from 20+ years ago, with whom there was much drama, looms larger than current longtime hubbie #2 who is a ghost-like figure here.
All-in-all, this wasn't a total waste of time to read, but it might have been better had it been distilled down to one of those very lengthy essay/articles which Harper's magazine has. 2 1/2 - 3 stars, though I'll be charitable and round up because I'm a big fan of daughter Katie's work.
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