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How the World Makes Love

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved "Honeymoon With My Brother", so was eager to r

    I loved "Honeymoon With My Brother", so was eager to read Franz's sequel, "How the World Makes Love". I really enjoyed traveling the world with him as he explored how one's culture influences love, lives and relationship around the world. He offers unique, inspiring insight to how our own individual environment really does shape one's views on life. I particularly enjoy how he intertwines his own life experiences and openly discusses his own love life in a witty and endearing way.

    This book was a perfect compliment to the next book on my book shelf... I just finished reading "How to Have a Match Made in Heaven" by Ariel & Shya Kane. In a very different way than Franz, they too explore how the culture that you've grown up in influences your life and your well-being. They use real life stories (including video links) to give you the tools to have a magical life. I highly recommend that you go out and read both of these books - they're light, fun and great!

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    An entertaining, enlightening, and evocative journey around the world, through romance, to love.

    I was transported to foreign countries, invited to eavesdrop on conversations with people who shared their secret desires, private feelings, and outspoken opinions about sex, dating, love, and romance, as I traveled with a man who took all this to heart. "How the World Makes Love" is about heart. Beautiful, wise, practical, touching, and funny insight opened my eyes to new perspectives on relationships, from the Indian acceptance of learning to love another over time as the result of an arranged marriage, to the Brazilian concept of conducting some serious smooching upon meeting as being the best way to size up a potential partner. There are thought provoking lessons in this book, although it never feels like anything more than a friend sharing fabulous stories about his travels, and his life - with tidbits and statistics thrown in that made me laugh out loud, like the list of "The World's Worst Pickup Lines", or momentarily experience his dismay as when I read the reasons for "The World's Ten Worst Places to Be Gay".
    This amazingly feels like a bonus too, as the catalyst for the book becomes clear; the author's desire to sort out his own feelings, and to make decisions in his life, which may, or may not, result in his own romantic relationship.
    We're invited to discover what love is, and how to incorporate the people we love into our lives, as he goes through this process. And we are introduced to people and events in Franz' life, (like fort building four year olds and being pelted with paint as part of a Holi celebration), as he picks up where he left off in "Honeymoon with My Brother", and travels once again with Kurt, honeymooning brother extraordinaire. This is a great light read, which makes you think without even realizing it! This book is an appreciation of the differences between people and cultures, and a celebration of love. I recommend this book to everybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Great Stuff

    I enjoyed both of Franz Wisner's books. But I actually liked this one more than the first. My favorite parts of the book are the insights into his relationships. I think he has unique views and insights that are far more enlightening than the travel parts. I would love to see Franz write a book that has nothing to do with being dumped, or travel. He transcends those narrow constraints, which I think hold him back. This is an enjoyable read that I expect to see on a number of beach towels this summer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Not what I thought it would be

    I was quite surprised when I got this book. Definately not as good as the first book by Franz. I had trouble getting into this story and staying with it. I put it down quite a few times, but made myself finish the book. It's not horrible but not as funny or entertaining as "Honeymoon with my Brother" was for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    A great summer read.

    If you read "Honeymoon With My Brother" and now it's sequel, you can see how life's obstacles can bring about adventure, surprise and happy endings. In this day of uncertainty you are brought to remember the truly important things. Nothing is better than true love and companionship. Sometimes we just have to reach beyond ourselves and trust the process. Also, allowing people who love us to share the journey when time are really tough is the greatest gift of all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    A Fun Trip

    Having enjoyed "Honeymoon with my Brother," I've been looking forward to the sequel & was not disappointed. I've been trying to decide whether Wisner's books classify with Bill Bryson & Paul Theroux, two of my favorite travel writers, or pit him against Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love.) He doesn't quite fit either of these molds...which is a good thing. Wisner's mapped out a place for himself which is informative & humorous (Bryson's forte.) He has an honest free-flowing style that engages the reader & takes one along for a very entertaining ride. Having traveled & lived abroad, I have visited many of the countries surveyed. Wisner's perception of the people & their customs seems to be pretty much on target. While it may be that loves takes work, commitment, & the right attitude,"the potential for love remains," no matter if one is left at the alter, divorced or preceded in death by a loved one. What a wonderful heartwarming message! I do hope both books will be made into movies. They'd be terrific!

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