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Posted October 28, 2002
This book was like sitting down with an old friend to talk about the good old days. As a product of the South, I was immediately drawn into the lives of the characters that seem to leap off the page and beckon me to join them in their relationships that were both intriguing and infuriating to be a part of. Dan Deal, the novel's main character is like many of the men that litter the campuses of the Southern colleges. I was charmed by him, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on one page only to be infuriated by his superior attitude in the next paragraph. It was almost too intimate as I got a glimpse into his thoughts and rationale as if I were finally getting a chance to understand just how the men I knew in college must have thought and felt about the women they conquered. I found myself not only enjoying each dialogue and each character, but found myself wanting to advise the characters, become their friends and somehow save them from themselves. It was impossible not to get involved in their lives. This book gave me pure enjoyment, great insight, and a chance to laugh at the incredulous sense of privilege that is the mark of The New Southern man. (please excuse the omission of "gentle").Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.