"August Strindberg, probably Sweden's greatest writer, was almost everything that he could have been: realist, naturalist, social reformer and above all - proto-expressionist . . . nothing he wrote can be ignored. At his most frenzied he can be delightfully humorous, and his most willful arguments are seldom unrelieved by flashes of wisdom and good sense . . . He gives convincing accounts, often tragic, of marriages . . . which vary acute irony with lyricism and piercing psychological accuracy." Daily Telegraph
"I think it's an extraordinarily broad and reverberating sort of book. What I like about it all is that instead of avoiding the unpleasantness of the contradictory situation he's in, he constantly invokes it . . . I think it's a marvelous book . . . a series of deep guesses that make a single comforting statement over and over again." Germaine Greer, BBC
"I don't know Swedish but I get the feeling that this first complete English translation of Getting Married, also known as Married Life, is the first English translation, period. In the sense of: "Here comes Strindberg, with no excess verbiage and no Bowdlerizing omissions." What a splendid book! On the face of it, such a book represents (for such as me) the Enemy. I mean it is "against Women's Lib," and so forth. Heaven save us from our friends. Some of our enemies are so much more wonderful. There is so much more to learn from them. Karl Marx's admiration of the reactionary Balzac comes to mind. And Marx's lack of admiration of all those "progressive" novelists. Read Married Life." Eric Bentley
"Between Blake and Bergman, Strindberg is the tragic poet of marriage; of course that is only one Strindberg--not even the one we know best--but at least it is a true one, trustworthily given here. Poor Strindberg! How we condescend to him, until we discover, gradually, that his name belongs with Nietzsche and Mallarmé, one of the great European imaginations." Richard Howard
August Strindberg's Married Life (also published as Getting Married) experimented with the classic novel before the world was ready for experimental writing. One week after it first published in 1884, Strindberg was prosecuted for blasphemy against God. Married Life comprises of a number of short stories describing marriage of every possibility and their corresponding horrors. If this were a self-help book it'd advise everyone run from commitment as quickly as possible and never stray down the life sentence commonly known as married life.