This volume has already been pored over by thousands and their reviews should contribute to your thoughts but consider this take as well; The physical descriptions of the lovemaking episodes are gritty, chauvinistic and at times violent which I found off-putting but then, there is no context to the other person's perspective. When he captures their view of the recent tryst, their reactions are generally positive. There is a lot unsaid which I think is then dangerous to fill in the blanks with your own perspective as his writing can then say whatever it is you want it to say. It is the appeal and the 'risk' of his art. The women he describes are crazy, at times unhinged, at times lonely but these are the circles in which he operates. I don't think it is so much chauvinism as his descriptions of himself are also denigrating. He is a tragic player who happened to get lucky after years of dead-end jobs and he states this several times. I found that through this lens he neither denigrates nor worships 'the female' – but there are more informed voices than mine on this point. We are all human and with that goes the fallibility, banality, craziness and unpredictability, etc. At the heart of it I find his writing absolutely compelling. He manages to achieve simplicity which for me, is the highest order of sophistication. As a bonus he even describes his views on Hemingway which is a fascinating paragraph. Again, brief, decisive but he hits the nail on the head like few others. His writing is so simple but just you try to do it for an extended period, I dare you. Read this absolutely and then start having a look at his poetry if you get the chance, it is eye-opening.
Nick the Ed
Country, West Australia