The Dangerous Husband Author:Jane Shapiro The day I had scheduled for the death of my husband dawned early and suddenly, with a lucid blue sky. — In The Dangerous Husband, Jane Shapiro's witty, dark, brilliantly funny novel, they meet and almost immediately fall in love. Like everyone, they have been alone. He is perfect for her -- charming and sexy and awkward and sweet. Th... more »ey are forty; it is time for them to marry and shelter each other.
When the honeymoon ends, as honeymoons always do, real life begins, with its surprises. He trips up stairs, falls going down. He cooks a tasty dinner and the kitchen ends up looking like a slaughterhouse. Absorbed in sexual experimentation, he shatters the coffee table. He tenderly wrenches her neck; he breaks her arm. "It was turning out that my husband's dishevelment was incomparable, potent, ramifying. It could destroy whole little worlds." It will surely destroy her. Unless she can kill him first.
This is a mordant, glittering novel about our preoccupation with romantic love and about the entanglements of marriage -- about the longings and terrors, the erotic lives, the lonelinesses and collusion of couples. As ingenious as it is heartbreaking, The Dangerous Husband is a comic masterpiece, the story of a marriage that is not, after all, exactly like everyone else's. Or is it?« less
The level of vocabulary that Shapiro chose to use in this book makes her come across as pompous and arrogant. She reminds me of Carolyn Gebhart in high school who was always trying to impress everyone with her extensive vocabulary in an effort to raise awareness that she was better than everyone else. In addition, I did not find any part of the book humorous. Shapiro attempted witty conversation, yet the dialogue of the book bored me almost to tears.
Remarkably funny, I basically read this book straight through. Completely taken with the whole experience, staying up far too late just like high school days, I was lost in a new world of cleverness, insight and unique perspective.
But this is a book for adults, for anyone who has been in a grown-up's version of adolescent love, swept off his/her feet, enchanted, lost in a magic world that turns out to be more a great big mess than honeymoon heaven. It's all deliciously funny happening to someone else.
Enjoy every laugh and chuckle.