Reviewed by: Josie
Page count: 288 Pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes
“Today we’ve become far more accepting of alternative lifestyles, and people move in and out of different situations: single with roommates, single and solo, single with partner, married, divorced, divorced and living with an iguana, remarried with iguana, then divorced with seven iguanas because your iguana obsession ruined your relationship, and, finally, single with six iguanas (Arturo was sadly run over by an ice cream truck).”
― Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance: An Investigation
This book is truly breath-taking. This book puts the entire subject of romance in a modern ways (As if you couldn’t tell that by the title). Azisi and his trusty team of sociologists, anthropologists, and cultrualists (is this a word? Well, it is now), examine the modernization of romance. From how technology has shaped it, apps have revolutionized it, and cultures embrace it (for the most part). This book isn’t exclusive to American culture, as it examines: Japanese culture and how most men are classifies as ‘herbivores’, French culture and the acceptance of mistresses, and lastly Buenos Aires, where men are encouraged to ‘hunt’ women, and as a game.
Azisi weaves together humor, science, and sociology into a beautiful picture: an understanding of what modern romance actually is. I would recommend this book to anyone, as an easy read, informational read, and humorous read. This book is truly enjoyable, and I would class it as a must read fiction for any die hard romantic, or anyone fallen victim to using online dating sites (no shame if you do). Aziz does a wonderful job to ensure the reader understands all sides of modern romance, thus making it an enjoyable read from start to finish.
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