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3.0 out of 5 stars Will make heavy going but not heavy breathing!, 1 July 2010
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One wonders what kind of lovers philosophers make, especially after reading this book. Wow, its tough going, and there's lots of it. It might be cruel to say that if ever there was a passion killer, it must be a book like this which dissects in the greatest detail the emotions surrounding sex. Certainly dont buy this if you think it might work as an erotic prelude to read to your girlfriend in bed. However, over a career of adult sexual life most of us ask ourselves the kind of questions Scruton sets out to answer in his book..... what is love, whats the purpose of our sexual instincts and much much more. I dont know if philosophers are research-based but Scruton doesn't give much away in terms of whether his musings are based on speculation, a series of one, or multi-subject prospective studies. What we really need for a book like this is a man with the brain of Einstein and the body of Schwarzenegger, but instead we get a gentle English intellectual telling us all about the philosophy of sex and one wonders if the story would be the same if written by an author from another culture, for example Umberto Eco. So, if you've got 14 days on a beach and want passing folk of the opposite gender to think you must be worth chatting up when they see the cover held up, then buy this book. Its also good for killing the biggest cockroaches but it certainly will take some digesting before you can apply it to human interaction in the bedroom. Try Alain de Botton if you want an easier author on the same subject
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2011 12:16:25 GMT
Peasant says:
I didn't read your review til I'd written mine. Funnily enough it looks like we are saying the same thing, but you gave it three and I gave it five. Horses for courses, eh? - I liked it more than you. At least potential readers will get a good idea of what they're letting themselves in for!

Posted on 31 May 2012 17:25:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2012 17:32:01 BDT
I'm guessing that the Scruton fans are the ones giving your review a big thumbs down. But I thought it was one of the funniest things I've read.

I assume that you've actually tried this book out (1) for its partner pulling power and (2) for its cockroach killing capacity?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 19:53:43 BDT
Peasant says:
I find for both cockroach killing and pulling power it's 'Mrs Beeton' every time. Mind, you want the proper old four-inch-thick job, with the rigid red cover, not one of these flimsy reprints which leave out all the stuff about how to discipline your butler.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2012 18:42:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2012 18:44:29 BDT
Thanks for your invaluable advice. I shall invest in a copy of said tome right away.

Speaking of sex and Scruton (two topics you wouldn't often link together) I heard a story about his younger self being expelled from school for appearing on stage with a semi-nude girl while the stage was on fire! Sounds like he was a real punk rocking anarchist back then!

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 01:59:16 BDT
Just because you see a book with the word 'sexual' in the title, Taz, doesn't mean it's a sex manual.
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