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Decaying Romance: A Review of Jumoke Verissimo‚Äôs The Birth of Illusion

Love, attraction, cohabitation and marriage are few of the dozen topics that have intrigued individuals, cultures and civilizations. Psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and poets have already written and sang volumes on those subjects yet every new generation takes it upon itself to explore them and try to understand them. The third part of The Birth of Illusion, which starts from the 52nd page, revisits those age-old subjects once again.
Our first real experience of love as youths is in its romantic dimension- that widely emotional state in which tender and sexual feelings, pleasure and pain, anxiety and relief, altruism and jealousy coexist in a confusion of feelings. At this point, we hardly know, or do so but choose to not care, that this facet of love is most often short-lived. Eventually, we will exhaust the thrills that come with the peaks and troughs except those posed by the inevitable problems of ordinary life. In some cases, this romantic love will metamorphose into indifference or active dislike. In some other cases, it will transform into a related but gentler state of affairs which we should term companionate love. Continue reading

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