Books to ‘Love and Lust’

I was a little bit stumped on deciding books based on the theme of ‘Love and Lust’ for February. I think this is because there are so many books that people feel passionate about and no doubt would either agree or disagree with me on the ones that I’ve chosen here. Whether you are single or in a relationship, hopefully these will give you something to think about for this month.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

If you are in the mood for a cheerful humorous read that is not too heavy but is a really great love story with a twist in the telling The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison is definitely one that I would recommend.

The story follows the life of Don Tillman, a handsome thirty nine year old who has been unlucky in love due to his Aspergers Syndrome. To counteract this problem, he designs ‘The Wife Project,’ an in-depth questionnaire that will supposedly find him his perfect match. He then meets Rosie, who is his most incompatible match on the questionnaire but despite this finds himself falling for her. Can he break out of his defined ideals enough to make love work? And how forgiving or accepting will Rosie be of Don’s quirky behavioural traits? Read this book to find out. If you enjoy it you may want to read the sequel The Rosie Effect.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

If you feel like experiencing an all-encompassing, passionate love story, then Wuthering Heights is definitely worth a try.

This book is very intense, I first read it when I was thirteen and really enjoyed it. When I read it I felt that I could imagine myself in ‘Cathy’s situation. Though she makes mistakes and is frustrating at times, I feel that this book represents the idea of ‘soulmates’ and ‘true love’ and that this cannot be manufactured or falsely created. It is a deeply romantic, passionate and at times violent book. I have met many people who did not like Wuthering Heights, and hated it in fact and even though it is one of my favourite books, I do understand where they are coming from. It is like Marmite really you either love it or you hate it. I never had to study this book at school and can understand that if this book was ‘taught’ to you, you may have some aversion to it. If you’ve never read it then why not give it a go, there are many versions available including a free e-book and a Classical Comics version.

Twelve Minutes of Love – A Tango Story by Kapka Kassabova

If you would like to learn the history of a dance and enjoy a voyage of passionate discovery then Twelve Minutes of Love would be a good starting point.

This story covers the areas of biography, dance, history and travel and tells the story of Kapka Kassabova’s romantic relationships through the medium of learning the Argentine Tango. It has a deeply descriptive narrative and takes in places as varied as a politically unstable Buenos Aires and New York. You get to learn about the tango world and the people within it who can become quite obsessed about the dance; whilst simultaneously watching Kapka’s life evolve and develop in terms of discovering who she is and what she wants in life. This book will particularly appeal to you if you’re already a fan of dance but also to those who are intrigued and want to accompany Kapka on her voyage of discovery.

The Cinnamon Peeler and Other Poems by Michael Ondaatje

If you are in the mood for something sensual, then ‘The Cinnamon Peeler’ is an excellent choice.

The Cinnamon Peeler is one of my favourite poems. I love the evocative way that Ondaatje uses language to create a truly sensual description in this poem. Reading this poem really fires up your imagination and you can feel the heat and sunlight of Sri Lanka along with the rich smell of spices.

I hope that my choices for our theme this month have given you something to think about and perhaps inspired you to read something new? What would your choices be for this theme?

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Jo Cameron-Symes

I believe cultural criticism and analysis should be both accessible and help to further enrich peoples' lives. I have an MA from the University of York in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture and was previously the Chair of a regional charity for people with long term illness. During my time as Chair I noticed that the people I met who embraced culture and used it to enrich and explore their lives found that it enhanced their quality of life. Through accessing and exploring exhibitions, media and gardens that helped people including myself to cope with their current life situation.

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