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How the World Makes Love: . . . And What It…

How the World Makes Love: . . . And What It Taught a Jilted Groom

by Franz Wisner

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Love around the world... there aren't any amazing new insights into the world of love, but what do you expect? This book is a nice tour of the way relationships are handled in different parts of the world, framed with the author's own life experiences. I especially liked the following:

Ten Global Threats to Love
#1 - TEXTING. In theory, technology should enhance a couple's communication. But let me just respond to my friend's urgent message about her cheating boyfriend, or check the score of this cricket match. Now, what was I saying?
#3 - CARS. Brazilians flirt on the buses. Africans share rides in vans. Europeans comingle on subways and trains. Cars, though, separate us from the masses. Instead of interacting, we listen to talk show hosts lecture about interacting. Around the world, we're becoming that man who knows a thousand ways to make love to woman [sic:], yet doesn't know any women.
#5 - WEDDINGS, TOO. In many wealthier nations, weddings have evolved from simple ceremonies to grand multiday affairs. The events require so much time and planning that couples spend their days talking more about golf tournaments and lobster crostini and less about their upcoming commitment. Once couples set a date, their weddings, and their relationships, go on autopilot. They should take a lesson from the third world, where such celebrations are handled by families and communities, leaving couples with more time to focus on each other.
And finally, on pg. 273 - Do you want to help your relationship succeed? See it like the Indians see a new relationship. Envision it as a vacant lot rather than a finished house. That way, you'll pick up a shovel and go to work rather than relax in the La-Z-Boy and assume love will come automatically. ( )
  heike6 | May 28, 2009 |
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