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The Amateur Marriage

29th November 2006

(If you’re planning on reading this book, and want to be surprised at the end, don’t read any further.)

The Amateur Marriage: A NovelPauline and Michael married young and impulsively. They spent the rest of their lives regretting their choice, and reveling in their unhappiness. Eventually, they divorce. Pauline dies alone, and only then does Michael realize that he still loves and misses her.

This book was so sad, and initially, I was really disappointed in the direction that it took. If you read everything but the last page, you will have a sour view of marriage and committment. But once you read the last page, you realize that Michael is sorry for the way things turned out, and wishes that he had done things differently with Pauline. I ended the book feeling sad for Michael and Pauline, and with a new resolve to treasure my own marriage, which I guess is what Tyler intended to teach all along.

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