Conjugal Bliss: A Comedy of Martial Arts Liza Minnelli starred in the film version of Nichols' Sterile Cuckoo , Sonia Braga in his Milagro Beanfield War . If Conjugal Bliss: a Comedy… Conjugal Bliss: A Comedy of Martial Arts Liza Minnelli starred in the film version of Nichols' Sterile Cuckoo , Sonia Braga in his Milagro Beanfield War . If Conjugal Bliss: a Comedy… Fiction
Book Review

Conjugal Bliss: a Comedy of Martial Arts

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Writer: John Nichols; Genre: Fiction

Liza Minnelli starred in the film version of Nichols' Sterile Cuckoo, Sonia Braga in his Milagro Beanfield War. If Conjugal Bliss: a Comedy of Martial Arts were a movie, though, it wouldn't have much plot. Zelda — small, shapely, passionate, insanely jealous, easily wounded-marries Roger — sloppy, still semi-in-love with numerous former girlfriends. The newlyweds make love in pickup trucks, back alleys, and on the kitchen table. Otherwise they're throwing furniture at one another. In time, the sex gets steamier, the furniture gets heavier. Pretty soon they can't make love unless they've wrecked the house. The message: Marriage destroys your sense of humor. Nichols works too hard to prove his is intact. When he's not being jokey and exuberant, he writes nice, loose, springy passages about the great outdoors, northern New Mexico, pinon forests, and starlight on the mesa. If this novel were a movie, you'd see it for the scenery. B-

Originally posted Mar 11, 1994 Published in issue #213 Mar 11, 1994 Order article reprints
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