This book contains, in places, intense terminology, and is directed at mentally-mature audiences
Now back to our regularly-scheduled bog post
And then I read The Art of Seduction.
(I haven’t read his work The 33 Strategies of War – but it’s in my queue. I anticipate, perhaps wrongly, that it will be very similar to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (which I reviewed then reprinted hereon); but I’ll have to wait until I’ve read it to know for sure.)
This book strays quite a bit from Greene’s core strengths, in my opinion, ranging into an arena of thought and action that feels far more “reported upon” than “acted upon”. Maybe it’s just how I had gotten used to his previous style (or, at least, his style in the books of his I read previously), but I liked this book the least.
- Part One – The Seductive Character
- The Siren
- The Rake
- The Ideal Lover
- The Dandy
- The Natural
- The Coquette
- The Charmer
- The Charismatic
- The Star
- The Anti-Seducer
- The Seducer’s Victims – The Eighteen Types
- Part Two – The Seductive Process
- Phase One: Separation – Stirring Interest and Desire
- Choose the Right Victim
- Create a False Sense of Security – Approach Indirectly
- Send Mixed Signals
- Appear to be an Object of Desire – Create Triangles
- Create a Need – Stir Anxiety and Discontent
- Master the Art of Insinuation
- Enter Their Spirit
- Create Temptations
- Phase Two: Lead Astray – Creating Pleasure and Confusion
- Keep Them in Suspense – What Comes Next?
- Use the Demonic Power of Words to Sow Confusion
- Pay Attention to Detail
- Poeticize Your Presence
- Disarm Through Strategic Weakness and Vulnerability
- Confuse Desire and Reality – The Perfect Illusion
- Isolate the Victim
- Phase Three: The Precipice – Deepening the Effect Through Extreme Measures
- Prove Yourself
- Effect a Regression
- Stir up the Transgressive and Taboo
- Use Spiritual Lures
- Mix Pleasure with Pain
- Phase Four: Moving in for the Kill
- Give Them Space to Fail – The Pursuer is Pursued
- Use Physical Lures
- Master the Art of the Bold Move
- Beware the Aftereffects
- Appendix A: Seductive Environment / Seductive Time
- Appendix B: Soft Seduction: How to Sell Anything to the Masses
Skip all of the sketchy, individually manipulative material – and there’s nothing left to the book except some dry reporting … and an acknowledgements page that includes two cats and his parents.
I do still love the layout used in all of Robert Greene’s books (maybe it’s a “Joost Elffers Book” thing?) – with abstracts under each chapter title in the table of contents, callouts/sidebars in the margins and funkified* typesetting for emphasis in many places.
- Is this a book worth reading? I believe that answer is a cautious “yes”.
- Is this a book worth owning? I cannot answer that for you – borrow it from your library first, and then decide.
Come back tomorrow for chapter abstracts.
* urbandictionary.com defines this term in many negative ways – I definitely intend to convey a positive one here, eg entry 4 on UD