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George & Hilly: The Anatomy of a Relationship Paperback – January 3, 2012
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“A pleasure to read. As Huey Long said about himself, 'sui generis.' I can already see the marquee: GEORGE 'n' HILLY TONIGHT!" --Tom Wolfe
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On a deeper level, this book provides some of the keenest insight into human psychology this side of Sigmund Freud. By tape-recording the most intimate dialogue of their real-life therapy sessions, George and Hilly give us, not just a glimpse, but an entire college-level course in romantic and sexual relationships. Perhaps a dozen times while reading this book, I was startled to realize that I was not the only person on earth who entertained such twisted thoughts or anxieties about the opposite sex or about commitment. To that extent, this book is a superb therapeutic volume in itself, and helped me psychologically in a way that few dedicated books on psychology ever have. Send me a bill, Dr. Gurley. You've earned it.
It is easy to overlook the video link on this page. Watch the video! It showcases George and Hilly chatting about themselves and about this book. The video provides a realistic flavor of the book's content. If you're one of George's many fans from The New York Observer or Vanity Fair, you already know what to expect, and George won't disappoint you here. Tom Wolfe himself described this book as "A pleasure to read." I agree wholeheartedly.
If forced at gunpoint to proffer a critical comment, it would be, not with the book's content, but perhaps with the color scheme of the cover design, which suggestions that this book is entertaining primarily to women. While this book is indeed a great read for any woman, I, as a straight man, found the book "right down my alley." As another reviewer stated, this book is a "Sex and the City" from a man's point of view as well, and this book is every bit as good as the HBO series. In fact, NBC seriously considered airing their own series based solely on this book. They should have done so.
George Gurley reveals in these pages what most men would never confess about themselves or about their relationships. And this leads me to point out a personality-conflict within George himself that not even he recognizes nor documents: For a man to boldly and publicly articulate his own insecurities, anxieties, and failures in such intimate detail, he must be a man of confidence, emotional strength, and rare talent. Thank you, George and Hilly, for sharing your entertaining and instructive story with us. A well-earned five stars!!!
Gurley's writing is funny and descriptive. His honesty is powerful. He gives us an inside view into his thoughts and fears, without becoming a Woody Allen type of neurotic. Perhaps his reporter's background and Midwest upbringing allow him to be forthright about his experiences as he struggles to commit.
Best of all, George and Hilly have found their happy ending. I'm looking forward to seeing the next chapter in their lives and reading more of Gurley's writing.
Gurley is an entertaining writer and very on point with his observations.
In my opinion, this book is the equivalent of Sex in the City but told from a guy's perspective and seems mostly genuine. It's totally entertaining on many levels. I don't think that I have ever really read a book about relationships from this male vantage point. How many men do you know who are straight and want to talk about their relationship in such detail... zero... right? In some ways I felt like I was spying into the male psyche. This should be required reading for women who want to know more about what the other half is thinking.
There were parts of the book where I literally flinched, laughed and got pissed off... either because it was a gross description of his apartment, a recounting of an adventure out or something so selfish that I wanted to reach into the book and shake him.
If you want an easy read, a good laugh and an authentic take on the modern relationship in the big city from a guy's perspective, this is it. It's a great departure from the chick lit that I also like to read. Two thumbs up.