Ti­tle: The In­cur­able Ro­man­tic

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO CITY BEAT - Au­thor: Frank Tal­lis Pub­lisher: Lit­tle Brown

LOVE de­fines us.

It shapes the in­di­vid­ual, en­sures the preser­va­tion of the species, and is the prin­ci­pal sub­ject we - as a cul­ture - choose to ex­am­ine in our art forms.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in love is pow­er­ful and it in­evitably changes how we feel and how we be­have.

Even when love is nor­mal it is so in­tense that for thou­sands of years doc­tors and poets have de­scribed love as a kind of mad­ness; how­ever, love can also go wrong. When this hap­pens the con­se­quences for the in­di­vid­ual and those around them can be far reach­ing and in some in­stances truly as­ton­ish­ing. Love sick­ness is not a triv­ial mat­ter. Love is a great lev­eller. Ev­ery­one wants love, ev­ery­one falls in love, ev­ery­one loses love, and ev­ery­one knows some­thing of love’s mad­ness.

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