Illusions of the Heart

Love on the Internet

by Paul Breer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 27/03/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781441503787
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781441503794

About the Book

Illusions of the Heart contains two short stories, each revolving around the theme of internet romance. In Residues of Love two women explore the farthest reaches of intimacy in the privacy of an online chat room. Je T’ Adore tells the story of a man who falls hopelessly in love with a woman who wants nothing to do sexually with the opposite sex. Both tales can be read on a variety of levels. For the philosophically inclined they raise the age-old issue of appearance versus reality, an issue explored a century ago by Pirandello in his Six Characters in Search of an Author.

For readers of a sociological bent, the two stories speak to the way we increasingly relate to each other in a fragmented world where community ties are replaced by the anonymity of computer screens and keyboards.

Still others will read the stories as straight-forward tales of romance, both tragic and comic. Given their explicit nature, the erotic scenes may offend readers still clinging to Victorian sensibilities. For those less faint of heart, they can be seen as a voluptuous exploration of love-making in a setting (the internet) where conventional restraints yield to the primacy of desire. In this respect the stories properly belong to that literary tradition, primarily French, where erotica is raised to the level of fine art.

About the Author

Since retiring from a life as college teacher and researcher, the author has spent most of his time writing books, essays and music. Some of his books explore questions of value (sociology) and free will (philosophy); others focus on music and the fine arts. His essays offer analyses of humanistic psychology and Eastern philosophy. Some of his musical compositions feature full orchestra; others are written for smaller ensembles including classical guitar. The Lady and the Lord represents Breer’s most recent venture into literature, the previous four being Illusions of the Heart, a book-length work consisting of two novellas exploring the world of internet romance, Tashi, the tale of a young girl’s love for an older man, The Reluctant Savior, the story of a man who discovers the art of healing and spends the rest of his days exploring that gift, and The Unwanted, the account of two men whose lives intersect… a boy from Southern Mexico who journeys north to find a better life in United States, and a Phoenix Sheriff whose life is changed forever by their meeting.