Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: 'A Tale of Moral Corruption' by Marsha Cornelius

Atlanta, Georgia author Marsha Cornelius loves to titillate her readers with imaginary situations that are in actuality plays of things as they are. She is a pro at parody, turning the tables on the expected and focusing instead on a creative variation of what we think we are going to find within her fluidly written books. Her subjects include the homeless situation that is the embarrassment of our country, cryonics, drug abuse of a different sort and this terrific feminist tale.

The pleasure (or at least one of the pleasures) of reading Marsha book is her uncanny balance between the absurd and reality. She manages to take up the flag for feminism by roasting men in the most original way. She understands comedy and its reverse mask of drama and mixes the two in a most successful manner.

Her synopsis hints at the strange (but fascinating) story in this newest of her books: ‘How does a successful man plummet into a world of male escorts, kinky sex, and barbaric death matches? In this female-dominated world, 28-year-old Mason is comfortable with his job as a tax clerk. His real ambition is to be a loving father and supportive husband. He’s especially looking forward to wearing the new artificial womb that so many men have strapped on their bellies. But first, Mason must be chosen as a husband. He’s listed on the Approved Partner Registry, a website that profiles men and their qualifications. It’s used by successful businesswomen who don’t have the time or inclination to date. Now it’s a waiting game. In the meantime, he volunteers at the company’s co-op daycare. He keeps his body in good physical condition. He even took a remedial course with a sex surrogate when the registry listed him as a premature ejaculator. His diligence will pay off when he is selected as a mate. But when he is dropped from the registry because of an indiscretion at work, his life begins to unravel and it doesn’t look like anything can stop his fall from grace.’

Jump on the rollercoaster and enjoy the ride. This is one very entertaining and thoughtful book. Grady Harp, March 16

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