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According to Ovid, “The first thing to get in your head,/is that every single/Girl can be caught -- and you’ll catch her if/You set your toils right.” In this intensive study of the seducer’s art, bestselling author Robert Greene teaches us how to catch elusive lovers by wooing more strategically. Whether the object of your desire is cold, critical, or simply flighty, Greene’s comprehensive guide to the power games of love will teach you to draw your lover to your lair.
The first lesson in Greene’s passion primer is character; we cannot seduce without understanding our own archetypal roles and those of our swooning victims. “All we need to do to realize our potential is understand what it is in a person’s character that naturally excites people,” Greene urges. With a sense of our own charms, we become more magnetic -- we begin to draw lovers toward us almost effortlessly. Greene delicately divides seductive types into nine basic categories -- the Siren, the Rake, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Coquette, the Charmer, the Charismatic, and the Star -- and instructs us in the fine art of radiating each type’s enticing charms.
Greene next teaches us to recognize the character type of prospective seducees. With a sense of what our love objects desire, Greene hints, we can easily insinuate ourselves into their fantasies. And once we have matched our own charms to another’s longing, we are ready to take them, step by step, into our own desires. “Create a false sense of security,” Greene urges. “Send mixed signals.” The heat of seduction is caused by friction, by the thrust and recoil of emotional intimacies. With Greene’s advice, everyone can create a delicious drama in which to ensnare some darling object. All it takes, according to Greene, is a tenacious grasp of fundamental laws of seduction: the time-tested steps that we all must take to lure another.
Greene’s lessons of love are illustrated with quotations from the great masters: Ovid, Shakespeare, Baudelaire, and others. His laws are shocking, amusing -- and they encourage us to think calculatedly about the spells we cast on others. As in Greene’s bestselling 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction teaches us to manipulate others with erudition, style, and finesse. (Jesse Gale)