Publication Date: May 1, 2012
In Married or…merry? The Greek Book of Marriage by Kate Papas, the author questions marriage. Have you fallen into the trap of marriage? Maybe you’ve even been brainwashed into liking it? Explore the 40+1 reasons to not get married. The author may be Greek, but her principles cover the world. Feeling the urge to walk down an aisle? Read this book first and decide if you want to be married … or merry.
Married or…merry? The Greek Book of Marriage was just a fun and funny read. It was short, sweet and helped along in tone by quotes from well-known American (and international) satirists. Each point is backed up with its own series of facts. Oddly, even with the title, tone and purpose of the book, the author doesn’t come off as much anti-marriage as anti-immature douche bags getting married.
Kate Papas first language is not English which makes it a pleasant surprise that she manages a Dave Barry-like tone in her style of humor. The tone of the work is knowledgeable of world-wide generalizations and uses them to its advantage. Papa’s clearly did a great deal of cultural research in preparation for writing this book.
In some senses, Papas principles are outdated. In the foreword, the author acknowledges growing up in a much more traditional society than the U.S. Women do certain things and men do certain things. That the principles are outdated does not make them any less funny.
So why shouldn’t you get married? A sample of the reasons (not their numbers in the book):
1) Divorce is expensive.
2) Your spouse will brainwash you.
3) Marriage is fattening.
4) Mothers-in-law, etc.
The reasons go on and on. The titles may be somewhat similar, but Papas differentiates them in a charming way. I think most of us identify with more of her points then we might not care to admit it. (My own husband is a brilliant partner and father — we found the right fit, which Papas says can happen — but what if the reader isn’t as lucky as me!).
Married or…merry? The Greek Book of Marriage is a simple, fun and quick read. If you’re looking for something to lighten your spirit and don’t take yourself, your spouse or your lack of spouse too seriously, this may be a really good book for you. I’d like to congratulate Ms. Papas on an entertaining foray in working within the English language.
Read an excerpt and buy on Married or…merry? The International (?) Greek Book of Marriage, or 40+1 Reasons Not to Get Married! by Kate Papas on