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The Love Secrets of Don Juan [Kindle Edition]

Tim Lott
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One man's blackly funny quest for love, self-knowledge and the solution to the impenetrable mysteries of the opposite sex.

Daniel Savage's marriage and career have failed and his love life is a disaster. All he has left is a grimy bedsit and his six-year-old daughter. Who does he blame for his life? Himself. Men in general. And women, of course. Because Daniel thinks women are a nightmare from which there's no waking up. Is he right? He's determined to find out - firstly by trawling through the history of every relationship he's had, and secondly, by dating every woman he can find...

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The Love Secrets of Don Juan sees self-pitying ad executive Daniel "Spike" Savage midway through a messy divorce at 45. His soon-to-be ex-wife, Beth, has the house in Hammersmith and custody of their daughter, Poppy. Daniel has been left with a bedsit in perpetually unfashionable Acton and a burning desire to understand why all his relationships with women end in miserable failure.

A few words of wisdom come from old friend Carol, best mate Martin and his therapist Terence but with a blind-ish date looming, Daniel takes more drastic action. He embarks on refining his identity or "brand statement" in the forlorn hope that he'll stand a better chance with the opposite sex--as he quips: "Interesting that 'opposite'. As in diametrically opposed. Not the different sex. The opposite sex." With his trusty flip chart and black marker pens he starts to analyse the lessons he has learned from each love affair--a project he dubs, ironically, The Love Secrets of Don Juan.

To begin with, Tim Lott's third novel seems to mine a furrow of laddishness all but exhausted in the late 90s by Nick Hornby and numerous stand-up comedians, invariably called Jeff. Daniel's "Women, oh they're different, aren't they?" shtick hardly appears original; while Lott's take on the ostracised "Good Dad" is pure Parsons. But Lott is a significantly better novelist than the above would suggest. His plotting can be hackneyed but this is a book full of acute humour and observations--one recurring and insistent theme is the contrast of male literalness and feminine symbolism. Daniel is richly drawn and as he negotiates the modern dating (and parenting) game, his articulate, first person narrative, peppered with brand names and marketing argot, really captures a man struggling to understand his life, love and the infuriating nuances of gender. --Travis Elborough


A mid-life crisis novel from the author of White City Blue and Rumours of a Hurricane. Daniel Savage is 45, divorced and living in a bedsit. Where did it all go wrong? With women, of course. Plus he has attitude problems of his own to sort out. So he seeks answers in his own romantic history, and conducts comparative research by dating as many women as he can. Lott is good on the mysteries of manhood, and better than many men are on fathoming the far deeper mysteries of the opposite sex. With this his third novel, Lott has clearly hit his stride, deploying his own unique version of the art of the novel to make sense of contemporary life as viewed from the wrong side of the emotional tracks, the male side.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (25 Mar. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9XJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, hilarious and wonderfully sad. 11 Sept. 2006
I really enjoyed this book and pretty much read it right through. I laughed a lot and cried too. It's very poignant if you have ever been through separation or divorce and the dating rituals before and after a major relationship. I have a similar circumstance in my life (male, separated, kids, dating) so I could really relate.

I also couldn't really predict how it was going to end, so I was kept guessing right up until then. Plenty of twists along the way kept me riveted and the end was quite unexpected but you could see how it could have been written with several outcomes. Dating and mating are so vexing to most people that nothing is particularly predictable about it.

I also like the way he came up with "love secrets" but ultimately didn't apply any of them to the final choice of partners at the end of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Women! 9 Sept. 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Tim Lott uses effortless humour and relentless wit to dissect the marriage and mating game from first date to last gasp. Danny Savage is an advertising executive, once, at the top of his form and much in demand; nowadays he just about gets by, but he's no one's first choice of account manager any more. Why has this bright, energetic, still young(ish) man failed to keep up the ante? Because of women. You see Danny doesn't understand women and time and again he is flummoxed and bamboozled by their relentless non-logic and insistence on the intuitive in all matters related to him. His love affairs come to an inevitable end, usually, he decides, because he is too nice. Women like bastards, he concludes, and indeed, his best friend Tim is something of the kind of bastard women like.

So Danny decides he will get to the bottom, so to speak, of women. This requires deep thought and he writes up the secrets he discovers on a large board, just as if he was constructing an advertising campaign. The aim is to understand exactly where he's gone wrong for all these years. He is in the midst of a divorce from his wife Beth, who seems determined to rob him of all self-respect, money, and all of value in his life, including his four year-old daughter Poppy.

Lott writes light, in this novel but he does have some messages to convey, the main one being that it is not women who are Danny's problem, it is life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bewilderment, Misunderstanding, Anger 9 Sept. 2010
"Spike" Daniel Savage is continually confused about Man/Woman relationships. His marriage of some ten years with Beth has failed and he is in therapy hoping to uncover the elusive secrets of how to love and be loved. He decides that the result of the contradictions in women is B. M. A. - Bewilderment, Misunderstanding, Anger.

Daniels struggles to find happiness through a series of unfortunate meetings and mishaps. Much of the writing is funny and perceptive - but there is always a tinge of sadness...

The scene with the divorce mediator where his wife screws even more money out of him seems to be written from bitter reality!

I didn't think this was as good as Lott's Rumours of a Hurricane but I enjoyed it very much - and kept me guessing to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 30 July 2010
By Yeti
I was very disappointed by this book. I liked all his other books so far, especially Rumours of a Hurricane and The Seymour Tapes.
This one is just bland and boring. Or am I missing something?
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Male Truth, Brilliant. I want more !!!!!!! 23 May 2003
By A Customer
Everything that Lott writes is brilliant, I can't get enough of his books. Mostly it's all along the the same lines as male friendship and life, money and female problems. In this book, it's about this relatinships with women. I completlety identify with Lott's life and up brinning, he is very down to earth and his writting just keeps on getting funnier and funnier. I can't wait for his next book to come out. But nothing can even at any time compare to 'the scent of dried roses' Lott's master piece. He writes magically about Hammersmith and the surrounding area's, reading his work you feel as thought you are in London.
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