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Hector and the Secrets of Love: A Novel (Hector's Journeys) Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Very similar to the first novel, Hector and the Search for Happiness, the story follows Hector’s story as he searches for the secret to love and the components of love. Love is a very complicated thing so I’m surprised they managed to put it in a book.
This book gives a unique insight to love and notes about love but I wouldn’t take them too much to heart, perhaps use them as references if at all.
Hector is a psychiatrist and has noticed that a lot of his patients come to him about love – how to find it, how to get over it, how to keep it, how to deal with it.
After being invited to a pharmaceutical meeting, he is sent on a journey to find a professor that’s currently studying love and how to bottle it into a drug. He believes love can make people happy, and the company believes this will be something that people will spend money on. But Hector believes that love is more complicated than people can understand, however he is interested in people’s views and perspectives of it.
First, this book is a lovely follow-up and addition to the series, however, I feel like perhaps it lost its lackluster in comparison to the first novel.
There was something magical about it, like someone reading the book to a child for a bedtime story, told in a very innocent tone that was calm and soothing. This book has that same similar tone but just different – not as whimsical as the first novel.
It definitely made a lot of good points that were backed by science (although how accurate the science is, I don’t know since I’m not a science major), but it seemed pretty cohesive to me.Read more ›
“...love, it seemed, was an endless source of suffering.
Seedling no. 1: Perfect love would be never having arguments.
Seedling no. 2: Sometimes we argue most with the people we love the most.”
I’m always surprised at how I’ll vent at Melanie, or even just take out a bad mood, almost testing whether she’ll stick the moment out with me. Invariably, she does so, often more than I do for her.
Mid-way through the book, two pages capture a dynamic I see as related to what Seinfeld called “Night guy” and “Morning guy,” those opposing pulls to what we think we really want:
“...So much for gentle oxytocin, let us now turn to that prize bitch dopamine. Every time we experience a pleasurable feeling, dopamine is released in bursts; it is our brain’s highest reward, and its secretion is stimulated primarily by novelty; it is the hormone of ever more and ever newer experiences. ...The problem is our dopamine receptors then become gradually desensitized, which is why, according to some killjoy authors, passion wanes after eighteen to thirty-six months of living together. At that moment, if nice oxytocin hasn’t taken over and created a strong attachment, dopamine drives us to look elsewhere, like poodles on heat. …
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun read. I liked "Hector and the Search for Happiness" more than this one, but it's still a good story.Published 27 days ago by B. Lund
Scientific observation, acknowledgement of our imperfections as emotional beings, reflection, analysis & a mindful regard for all of the aspects of emotional and physical... Read morePublished 3 months ago by sarah
Not as good as the first book but still a good read for those interested in the components that make up love but in a fictional take.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Light reading about an old subject. Nothing new, just a reminder of what we should have already learned.Published 11 months ago by Kooki