How to be a Husband

How to be a Husband While this book is indeed titled How to Be a Husband please do not mistake it for a self help book Tim Dowling columnist for The Guardian husband father of three a person who once got into a shark

  • Title: How to be a Husband
  • Author: Tim Dowling
  • ISBN: 9780399172939
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • While this book is indeed titled How to Be a Husband, please do not mistake it for a self help book Tim Dowling columnist for The Guardian, husband, father of three, a person who once got into a shark tank for money does not purport to have any pearls of wisdom about wedded life What he does have is than twenty years of marriage experience, and plenty of hilarious aWhile this book is indeed titled How to Be a Husband, please do not mistake it for a self help book Tim Dowling columnist for The Guardian, husband, father of three, a person who once got into a shark tank for money does not purport to have any pearls of wisdom about wedded life What he does have is than twenty years of marriage experience, and plenty of hilarious advice for what not to do in almost every conjugal situation With the sharp wit that has made his Guardian columns a weekly must read, Dowling explores what it means to be a good husband in the twenty first century The bar has been raised dramatically in the last hundred years back in the day, every time you went out for cigarettes, it was simply expected that you came back Now, every time you re sent out for espresso pods and tampons, it is expected that you come back with the right sort And being a father doesn t seem to command much innate respect these days, either When his first child was born, Dowling imagined himself eliciting a natural awe as the distant, authoritative figurehead he did not anticipate his children hijacking his Twitter account to post heartfelt admissions of loserdom like Hi, I suck at everything I try in life Still, two decades of wedded bliss is nothing to sneeze at, particularly from a couple who agreed to get married with the resigned determination of two people plotting to bury a body in the woods How to Be a Husband is a wickedly funny guide to surviving the era of The End of Men hint it involves DIY , and an unexpectedly poignant memoir about love, marriage, and staying together until death doth you part.

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    1. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! Tim Dowling is a master of self-deprecating humor, and every page is a big belly laugh. Tim Dowling proclaims that this is not a self-help book. And it surely is not. It is a catalog of all the things that a husband should not do. The book should really be titled, How Not to be a HusbandHis official marriage at a register office was followed by a Catholic wedding the following morning. He wrote, I am badly hungover, nervous and shaking. I am in [...]

    2. This is supposed to be a "riotously funny" book of essays from a writer compared to Dave Barry. Um. No. I am not sure if he is trying to be self-deprecating or if he really is the jackass he makes himself out to be. His wife doesn't seem to fare much better. Tim is a young New Yorker when he meets his future wife, who is from England, while she is visiting friends in the States. The first half of the book is the tale of his "courtship" which didn't seem very romantic or anything like love. It ac [...]

    3. I read an article in The Guardian: “Tim Dowling: how to be a model husband” which I thought was pretty funny. So I got Tim's book and found it to be really funny too. I laughed out loud many times, most often because I could relate to something he said like this:“Throughout parenthood – usually when you're on your knees with exhaustion – older people have a habit of coming up to you and saying, 'Enjoy it – it goes by so fast.' And they're right – it does goes [sic] by fast. Just no [...]

    4. I am not, nor will I ever be, a husband for obvious reasons. However, I adore Tim Dowling's column in The Guardian, so I was excited to receive an advance copy of this book. This book plays as well as his short form writing because Dowling has a gift for using amusing anecdotes to work toward a deeper point. The chapters are roughly chronological, so we progress from the beginning of his relationship with his spitfire wife through his children growing up. Dowling's writing is confessional withou [...]

    5. This is just a great feel-good, laugh-out-loud book. If you're having a rough day this will put things in perspective. Dowling is personable, witty, and a joy to read.

    6. He's a good columnist and I would recommend reading this book in short spurts. When I was near the end I finished it in a longer sitting and it got a little dull (a common issue for me when reading a book of someone's short stories or essays). It could've also been the topic at the end - the chapter on feminism vs masculism veered off strangely to me.I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but went with 4 because I read some parts aloud to Kevin and we both enjoyed it.A Few Quotes from the Book"My succe [...]

    7. 4-stars because it kept my interest all the way, mostly due to the humor, but many truths buried within. Not 5-stars because some of the self-deprecating humor seemed a bit exaggerated; and also, after awhile, gave the books a somewhat 1-dimensional feel. Dowling reminds me of Dave Barry, but with some differences. Barry's humor is often outward-directed, usually not so much about himself. Also Dowling's wife come across as a somewhat 'dark' presence: all her comments to him simply re-inforce hi [...]

    8. Bought for me for fathers day, due to our shared appreciation of his Guardian magazine column. Very funny, lots of threats by A. to take the book away 'if I kept up with that giggling'. I pretty much read it to the exclusion of everything else, which is a mark of its 'un-put-downable-ness' (if that's not too much of a crime against the English languageAt times funny, useful (DIY tips! Sort of), poignant and whimsical, its all you would expect from his column increased and turned into something b [...]

    9. I didn't think I would like this and I was right. A bizarre choice for an in person book club, the book did make me smile at times, but it was just a little too right on and middle class for my tastes. The fact that I got an email today telling me that only 4 people have booked for the meeting in a few day's time doesn't surprise me, but I'll be a little annoyed should the meeting be cancelled, given the albeit short time I invested in the book.

    10. I received an ARC of How to Be a Husband throu ghost Penguin's First to Read program. Even though I am a wife, rather than a husband, I was able to identify with several of his hilarious points about marriage, parenting, and DIY. Oftentimes I found myself laughing aloud (which, interestingly enough, my husband hates). The imagery of Tim facing down a crowd of middle schoolers, getting punched by some kid in a hoodie, made my morning. I will definitely recommend this book to friends and family.

    11. Thanks to First To Read for giving me the opportunity to review an advanced copy of this funny book. The author employed his comical, laid back wit to simply talk about marriage and what makes it worth it or possible. Some of his theories and ideas were truly hilarious and spot on sex, cats, children, beards, etc. Yep, definitely a good read.

    12. Tim Dowling writes a column for the Guardian which is very funnyThis book is much the same as that.A funny look at family lifehe bravely??!! writes about his wife and family.It is a funny,gentle read that you can dip in and out of.enjoyable.

    13. Kind of funny, kind of passive-aggressive. I wouldn't spend money on it but if it's right in front of you, in the library of your beach condo, for example, you might give it a try.

    14. Very enjoyable, and also insightful, but reading this book made me sad, as with all the funny stories we get lectures, that marriage is about the commitment of two flawed people to each other through thick and thin.I can't help going over the dying spasms of my marriage and playing the blame game. He refused to accept there were problems until he could not help but see them, at which point he decided they were too big to be fixed and decided to walk away. But what got us to the point that the pr [...]

    15. I wish I could remember how I ended up with a copy of this book. It's an ebook, though, so presumably a sale or I noticed that it was about an American who moved to start a life with a Brit and thought it would be relevant. Not my usual fare at all, but I was in need of something to read and it was downloaded on my phone accidentally and so I ended up reading it in bits and pieces over time. I probably expected it to be about cultural differences, and in some ways it was Though more often the di [...]

    16. This book contains the musings of the author regarding his life- how he met his wife, moved to England from the US when they married, had children, and managed to stay married for 20 years. The book's description compares the author to Dave Barry which seems unfair, since I didn't find Mr. Dowling as funny and the only thing I could think they have in common is that they are both newspaper columnists. Halfway through this read, my mind started to wander on who the target audience for this book c [...]

    17. *This was a free book from Penguin First to Read.*This book was somewhat amusing. I think it's the kind of book that wives should give to their husbands. Being female, a lot of the book didn't have any relevance to me, but I can certainly picture my husband snickering through it. One of my favourite parts: "Love is one of those emotions you occasionally have to talk yourself into. In the teeth of the shit storm of accusation and recrimination that marriage can sometimes turn into, it’s vital y [...]

    18. I received a free ARC e-book of this book from First To Read. It's about an American guy who emigrates to England to be with the love of his life, get married and have kids so it does have a British slant to the book with certain words we aren't as familiar with in the U.S. I thought this was a hilarious book with the author's take on marriage, fatherhood, work, DIY, etc I'm guessing that married people will find it the most funny just knowing the inner secrets of a marriage.

    19. Tim Dowling is upfront in the very beginning of the book that this is not a self-help book. Rather, it is a book more often then not about what not to do in a marriage. Definitely, laughed out loud on more than one occasion and made me smile Sometimes at myself if nothing else. If you're looking for a fun read that will make you laugh and enjoy self-deprecating humor then you should give it a shot It was worth my time!

    20. This is an at-times laugh-, or in my cases snort (on the tube no less),-out-loud book about so many of the things one shouldn't do in the course of a marriage. Really it's a minor miracle his wife stays with him, a fact not lost on him. As a regular reader of his weekend column in the Guardian magazine this was particularly enjoyable. Highly recommended for both husbands and wives.

    21. Having been a fan of Tim Dowling's weekend column on the Guardian, I was really forward to this book and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint. It is full of laugh out loud moments, little gems of insight into married life, and gives an interesting perspective into relationships and life in general.

    22. This book started really well, but a while into it, what was supposed to be a funny feeling actually made me feel depressed and annoyed. While it is true that this is not supposed to be anything serious, the way the author portrays his relationship with his wife is more on the line of a rant. This book should have been titled "how not to be a husband"

    23. Tim Dowling's book begins with hope and promise that it'll be a funny read. Instead, it drifts into tedium and disjointed musings about marriage, life, kids, all the cliche things people who write about marriages write about.Obviously, this isn't a primer on how to be married; the book does not indicate at all that it is. Instead, though, I had hoped it'd be funny observations about married life. It's not.Dowling comes across as a wimp bowing down to his wife constantly and accepting her cold wa [...]

    24. I love Tim Dowling's Guardian column and have even paid money to listen to his talk at a Book Festival so I was expecting to enjoy this more than I did. It is funny in places but not, for me, laugh-out-loud funny and at times becomes a bit much of a muchness. I felt that there was quite a bit of filler which the book could have done without. Mr Dowling's continual self-deprecation becomes a little tiresome after a while; if you believed what he writes it'd be difficult to understand why his wife [...]

    25. This book is hilarious. I very rarely find myself laughing out loud to something I've read, but this did it. It was passed to be by my other half, who was already a fan of Dowling's Guardian column. After finishing the book I had to go and dig out all the old copies of the Guardian I could find in order to read his columns myself. I shall read them assiduously from now on. Oh, and I loved his writing style too.

    26. Dowling is brilliant in this memoir filled with dry, self-effacing, and keen insights on the natures of being a husband and father. Idyllic illusions cast aside, he provides a no-nonsense, in the trenches look at the trials and terrors of being an inadequate man committed in marriage and parenting, and in his journey, we get to know about some of the mundane magic and wonder he's experienced as spouse and dad along the way. A most enjoyable book.

    27. If you are looking for a lighthearted book this is for you. I chuckled a few times with some of the life experiences he has had with his wife and kids. This is no means a self-help book as Dowling tells us himself. It is just a book for you to relax with, get a laugh and just hear things us guys think, but do not always say.

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