Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Descent of Man: Grayson Perry review

The Descent of Man

Rating: 4 Star

The Descent of Man is quite different from the number of Crime, Thriller, and Fantasy novels I have been mainly reading lately.

In this book, Perry explores the current state of masculinity and how various factors affect it. 

I didn't really know what to expect when I first picked up the book. From the short description on the cover, I was initially worried that this was going to be a negative-toned analysis/dissection of 'modern man'.

I needn't have worried.

Within the first few pages, it became clear that this would be an entertaining, witty, and extremely honest perspective from the writer on his own experiences and his everyday observations of the people around him.

The book explores several stereotypes of typical 'masculinity' (Perry cites always being right, being afraid to show emotion etc) and throughout Perry suggests alternatives and asks whether the world would be a better place without some of these particular traits.

This was a really enjoyable book and I'd recommend it to others.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.