Wednesday, 7 August 2013

REVIEW: Nightmarriage by Chad Thomas Johnston

...While I had attempted to date a few women in Lawrence... none of them were bumblebees in black stockings."

"I find it fishy, for example, that Becki remembers an eight-syllable word like trimethylaminuria, but forgets where she placed her purse. With the passage of time, I may have developed a hypothesis that may account for Becki's behavior: Maybe-just maybe-my wife is a black hole, incarnate."

The Book*
This is a whimsical memoir that explores the terrors of marriage and the perils of parenthood.
Adapted from Johnston’s blog series of the same name,  Nightmarriage proves that, when two people marry, their flaws tie the knot, too.
In essays such as “My Wife, the Black Hole,” “Hearts and Jumper Cables,” “Knives and Wives,” “Honeymoonwalking (to Jail),” and “Blessed Are the Tentmakers,” Johnston weaves stories on his literary loom that are equal parts luminous and lunatic.
Writing as only a minister’s son with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can, Johnston has crafted an observational ode to both the blunders and wonders of wedlock, and his writing is punctuated accordingly with absurd alliteration, appalling puns, and madcap metaphors.

My Opinion
This is a very very funny book. I loved it. It was easy to read and the flow was great.
Memoirs are one of my favourite genres so I was excited to read this books especially because it's in the husmour subgenre. I wasn't disappointed as I laughed throughout and kept on quoting to my sister.
One may think that this book bashes marriage; it does everything but.
The book contains images and the appendices, Twitter excerpts, links to songs, webpages and Twitter accounts and many more random but interesting things that relate to the author and the book.
The book contains a lot if bible passages and some Christian references because the author is a Christian but it doesn't take away from the book.

It was a very enjoyable memoir and I hope the author writes another one soon.

Anyone would enjoy this book. Christian or Atheist, married, engaged or single, male or female and everyone in between.

This book reminds me of another interesting memoir I read earlier this year: Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
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* This summary is from his website where you can also get the book

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  1. Thank you kindly for the nice review, Lade! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'm always writing, so I do indeed plan on putting out other books. Your support means a lot! :)

    - CTJ

    1. You're welcome :). I'm excited about the thought of a new book


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