Book Review #92 – Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Hello once again!

Here is my review for the audiobook of Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg.

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Synopsis:

A hilarious, eye-opening tour of the new romantic landscape, from one of America’s sharpest comic voices and one of its leading sociologists

In the old days, most people would find a decent person who lived in their village or neighbourhood, and after deciding they weren’t a murderer, get married and have kids – all by the age of 22.

Now we spend years of our lives searching for our perfect soul mate and, thanks to dating apps, mobile phones and social media, we have more romantic options than ever before in human history. Yet we also have to confront strange new dilemmas, such as what to think when someone is too busy to reply to a text but has time to post a photo of their breakfast on Instagram. And if we have so many more options, why aren’t people any less frustrated?

For years, American comedian Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at dating and relationships, and in Modern Romance, he teams up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to investigate love in the age of technology. They enlisted some of the world’s leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City. The result is an unforgettable picture of modern love, combining Ansari’s irreverent humour with cutting-edge social science.

 

Pros:

  • Probably the funniest audiobook I’ve ever read in my life. I laughed out loud a bunch of times and now I’m convinced my co-workers think I’m crazy
  • Aziz delivers fun and serious in such a subtle and smooth way. He’s simply an awesome narrator
  • Relevant information, although it’s admitted from page one that it won’t be as inclusive as they would want
  • Still, there’s bunch of data on hetero AND homosexual relationships. They even talk about polygamy and in a totally not judgmental way?? I was very pleasantly surprised
  • Very well researched and sustained
  • Presented in a why that’s enjoyable and not just boring statics
  • More personal and insightful than I was expecting

 

Cons:

  • Not particularly about a topic I really care about

 

Verdict:

I picked this book because Aziz always seemed like a super funny person and his work in Parks and Recs makes me want to see and read everything from him. This was a million times more enjoyable and funny than I expected. It’s a very interesting analysis on human behaviour and how things haven’t changed as much as we thing they have. At the same time that is has too. You’ll love this a lot more if you’re interested in romance and how humans relate to others but, either way, this is a damn good book!

Definitely recommend Modern Romance to any humour non-fiction fans! If you’ve given this one a go, please let me know what you though of it!

See you guys soon,

Cat.

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