The “Truth About Love” by Liam Scheff
Review by Joan Shenton
You’ll enjoy this book if you read it slowly because the best sex is taken slowly and this is a minutely detailed romp, which occasionally breaks into a sweaty canter, through an amended history of the author’s love-life (he readily admits that the book is semi-autobiographical).
Will, the novel’s hero, begins by reprimanding his friend Declan, who is a ‘dog’ for penetrating (with permission) all of the women he works with – it’s in and out but no going down – no time he says. Will’s sexual encounters are more erotically and sensually involved, and Scheff describes them well.
The descriptions of his sexual exploits are a lesson in how to handle a woman. However, he is still absorbed in his quest to discover whether or not he is, or can be, monogamous and he seems to end up feeling guilty every time.
In the meantime, Will has developed a perfect platonic relationship with Helen his flatmate. If ever monogamy existed it is Will’s relationship with Helen – no sex, but a woman he can talk to, who soothes his brow, whose back he strokes, whom he can cuddle when he feels lonely and with whom he can spend Christmas. But can it continue that way…?
A friend of mine once told me that “falling in love was a trick your hormones play on you”. If we believe this then we can’t expect to remain monogamous – not, that is, until our hormones abandon us as we approach a graceful older age.
– Joan Shenton, author, “Positively False,” filmmaker “Positive Hell.”