Natural Loving: A Comedy of Manners, Mostly Bad

Natural Loving: A Comedy of Manners, Mostly Bad

by Richard Carter (Text by)

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Overview

A seriously comic account of the consequences we humans face when we take it for granted that, because love in any of its forms-including love of money, etc.-is "natural", it needs neither shaping nor definition.It centers on a love affair between an economist, Claudia, and a poet, Stafford, an affair which is nearly derailed by Claudia's liason with a neurologist-sexologist who knows nothing of the necessity for budgeting pleasure.The novel concerns the success or failure of its characters to shape, and so place limits on, their passions and desires. Its principal characters include a rogue financier, an economist, a Catholic priest, a political scientist, a scholarly Rabbi, a poet and a Caribbean Island Weed-woman.In short, the novel is about human nature and human bodies, and the need to shape our body's demands and needs for satisfaction. NATURAL LOVING is a different kind of novel. For one, my characters are presented as acting primarily on what they think, rather than as more or less blindly reacting to social pressures, personal history, or the demands of their blood chemistry. Also, novels since Rousseau tend to presuppose that we only require a minimum of institutional pressure to shape us into dutiful Consumers; humans' folly in his picture, is defined as anything which disturbs the chain of supply and demand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477673782
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/18/2012
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Because I am multi-lingual and have lived in my homeland, America, as well as in Switzerland, Korea and Japan, my writing has a lightness of touch and comic sensibility which, I feel sure, would appeal to many educated English-speaking readers. Also, my reading and translating out of Greek, Latin, French and German lends a richness to the various linguistic idioms of my characters which, I have been told, is striking and rare.

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