Show More The Oxford Book of Marriage edited by Helge Rubinstein.
Oxford, 383 pp., £15, March 1990, 0 19 214150 3Show More
The Oriental, the Ancient and the Primitive: Systems of Marriage and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Societies of Eurasia by Jack Goody.
Cambridge, 542 pp., £37.50, February 1990, 0 521 36574 0Show More
“... then,’ you say. ‘But we’ve only got blue.’ Smile please; kiss the bride; you’ve passed. Rubinstein’s Book of Marriage does not touch on the routine, understated bad taste of so many British weddings. The nearest her anthology gets to a Registry Office is in Joan Didion’s account of the Las Vegas wedding ‘chapels’, whose extravagant ...”