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The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships Imitation Leather – October 13, 2015
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“The guy who wrote The Game and lived The Game searches for love and learns that it’s way, way harder. And funnier.” (Joel Stein, Time magazine)
“A brutally honest and emotionally exhaustive account of his search for sexual freedom...Yes, there are orgies and swinger parties, but there are also far more intense discussions about the meaning of intimacy and the underlying causes of sexual behavior.” (Booklist)
“[Strauss] charms us with confessions of his screwed-up childhood and the many idiotic beliefs and mistakes that have plagued him, then upsells us on the notion that we can be masters of the universe-and he can teach us how. Color me seduced.” (Laura Miller, Slate)
“The Truth is fantastic...In the course of exorcising his pickup artist demons, Strauss learns and exposes the barriers to intimacy that so many of us are carrying around. If you’ve struggled with monogamy, or loved someone who has, this book is revelatory.” (Chicago Tribune)
“The epiphanies revealed are simultaneously incredibly obvious and richly profound... I want you to read this book. I want your partners to read this book. More than that, I want you to think critically about what it says about you and the world around you and your romantic relationships.” (Grantland)
About the Author
Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead. He is also the co-author of three other New York Times bestsellers - Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road out of Hell. A writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles.
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The Truth is intriguing, funny, heartfelt, sometimes annoying and whiny, sometimes makes you want to go up to the author and smack him upside his bald head, and other times you root for him, empathize, and sympathize. And truthfully, you want the happy ending. It is a roller coaster ride of monogamy, psychotherapy, various alternative relationships, orgies, and harems. The author has the writing ability to take you on a journey with him as he bares the entirely human side of him, flaws and all. He is not always like-able but you stick around to see what happens to him. And sprinkled throughout the book are some interesting situations that you wouldn't otherwise witness, some thought provoking questions, and bits and pieces about attachment theory and psychotherapy that the reader can think about and look into while reading this book.
The author has a simplistic style of writing and it is an enjoyable book to read. However, there are times his self-deprecating humor goes too far and it can become self-loathing. He sometimes put himself in situations that are obviously bad and selfish but he does it anyway, other times he's this awkward guy that starts to annoy you, or he whines and self loathes for pages and you just want to swiftly kick his behind. Then you realize, this is a book about one man's journey in figuring himself out and what type of relationship he wants to have in his life so he's not going to get his poop together until he figures some things out. Along the (mis)adventures of Neil Strauss, you do get some laugh out loud moments, some eye opening moments, and some thought provoking moments. I never thought I would say this but I would recommend reading this book.
No doubt this is the best release after "The Game". It is a must-read if you want success in any relationship and creating your best self.
You can really really really enjoy this book. I am sure almost any man, (not sure about the women, probably not) will get a lot from reading... (and though he never mentions it I think a very Jewish book too...Being myslef a MOTT I feel entitled to add this conjecture, sorry if I'm wrong about that...but there's so much Woody Allen and Philip Rothian essence here) Anyway, what you get for reading are genuinely well thought out and valuable psychological insights. For example, the notion of "parental enmeshment" is really compelling (especially if you were a son with a miserable mom who looked to you for the love she didn't get from her husband/your dad...that must be rampant in society and explains a lot), or also the way he conveys how we - as adults - are still living to fill empty holes hidden deep underneath our selves, rather than (to use a Neilism) being our whole selves ("authenticity" comes up a lot too, the philosophically tuned-in crowd can run this through a Heideggerian analysis for a fun Sunday conversation) ....I'm saying, you dont have to love the guy to love the book, which I did. Probably I wouldn't want to be friends with Neil because he is too intense, but I respect him and can say with conviction he is a very bright and informative chap on the topic of emotion, love, sex, desire, disappointment, and actually friendship too.
Way worth the reading time, won me over.
But seriously, this is a great book, not what I expected at all and it goes very deep into how the mind works and what could go wrong. I'm familiar with some of the characters and the work that was done in this book and I can say it's the real deal! Congrats Neil! Another great one!