oa Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - Pivotal love relationships
Love's Pivotal Relationships : The Chum, First Love, Outlaw and the Intimate Partner, Richard Alapack : book review

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1445-7377



Richard Alapack's book takes one on a journey through what are probably the four "pivotal love relationships". His focus is nevertheless only on heterosexual relationships. The book is at different times thoughtful, delightful, funny, moving, and tragic. At all times it seduces the reader into his or her own memories, complete with their warmth, tenderness, regrets, unresolved griefs, defenses and anxieties. Alapack's calling to join him in entering, descriptively and thoughtfully, the phenomenon of transformative love is one that this reader, at least, will never forget. There were times I was moved to tears.

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