Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Average American Male

I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was genuinely “laugh out loud funny” that "I couldn’t put down”, but The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen really is the shit. The line “Why would you want Marie Osmond dead? She’s one of the most courageous women of our time!” wracked my body with involuntary spasms that left me incapable of any meaningful hand-eye coordination for several minutes afterwards.

I can fully understand how this book could put the fear of God into any woman raised on Oprah Winfrey, Ally McBeal, Sex And The City and Jane Austen, but for me it is simply fantastic to see long-suppressed and seldom heard Y chromosome thoughts laid out on the printed page at last for all to see. Kultgen writes like a heterosexual Chuck Palahniuk - he’s not quite that good a writer, and to be fair, not a great deal really happens as such in the book.

But my God it’s funny. Very very funny. And very very true.

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