The book itself is a solid, almost heavy tome, weighing in at a muscular 10.6 ounces (that's a whopping 290+ grams for the Modernists amongst us). This bodes well for the Man who likes a bit of heft to his read. The very paper it's printed on is a nice, white, middleweight affair; nothing kinky, limp or feminine here. The typeface is both bold and strong, with just a hint of serif, but not enough to make it look Gay or anything. And then we come to the words and punctuation themselves; what can I say? Each and every one of these polished, Manly, gems is overflowing with with an urgent Androsterone-drenched, tightly clenched Butch-ness, the likes of which I haven't experienced since wandering into a San Francisco bathing house (by mistake of course) back in the 70s. I love a Man who has fought for his principles, and who is capable of getting these hard won beliefs onto paper, and I think the Author succeeds here in giving us a revealing glimpse into his complicated, and almost exclusively Male, hinterland. Now I don't want to give away any of the Testosterone-fueled plot points, or spoil the two-fisted denouement, but suffice it to say that the ending will sort the women from the Real Men (Why, I myself had nightmares for a week after reading this book - but that's another story...).
It seems that some people are giving the Author a hard time because his publicist came out and said that David (like a lot of other Real Men) doesn't want to be forced to read books by women, Gays or Chinese people - presumably even straight, Male Chinese people. But I say that's just an ugly prejudice on their part! Why can't a white, middle-class Academic express himself without being publicly humiliated? And I'm guessing these revelations will not really harm his sales too much, though in truth, I am a bit disappointed that he has since halfheartedly apologized in the press - that's not what Hemingway would have done! Oh, and I assume that Virginia Wolf is sufficiently non-threatening (in a sexual sense) to be able to pass as an honorary white Manly-Man, so that explains why she's now one of the *Serious Heterosexual Guys* that are on his reading and teaching lists. In summary; enjoy it quickly, because I doubt if he'll be able to publish another one quite like this!