Category Archives: Relationships

LOVE PERSONAL OR COMMODIFIED

The ancients may not have experienced love as people do today. Relationships depended more on fulfilment of duties. When Christianity and God’s love came to prominence, people could love unrelated others. In the 12th Century, romantic love was idealistic about individuals but cynical about institutions, with gallantry and seduction continuing until today. In the Enlightenment (1685 – 1815), there was more idealism about institutions, laws and governments. 

In the 1960s the Youth Revolution in America had the Beatles proclaiming ‘All You Need Is Love’ and it was taken up by a hippy social movement. Then a Frenchman, Guy de Bord, in 1967 pointed out in his book ‘The Society of the Spectacle that the appearance of commodity products and images was displacing reason and truth in the production of public goods, causing worker and consumer alienation. 

Love was commodified and extraneous qualities flooded society until it was awash with commercial renditions of love. The appearances and images projected by capitalist producers colonised social life. The marriage industry produced identical experiences depersonalised events. The spectacle became less and less active and more and more contemplative and people were getting hurt.

My satire ‘Short of Love’ set at that time has a commodified love relationship that runs into unexpected problems with an unfortunate result. Love is usually more personal today.

‘Short of Love’ is available on Amazon. Reviews: martinknox.com  

LOVE CLOSURE DELAYED

Short of Love is a fiction novel by author Martin Knox, based on a true story of a couple’s romance, delayed by a series of obstacles. Tom meets Vicki at university, in the Beatles era and falls in love, but something happens that destroys trust and they are unable to connect on the same level. He tries to defer the relationship until later, when he satirically trades love in a commodity short. But his plan goes badly wrong. They remain friends and try again, but his emigration, career, brother, marriage and children get in the way. Will they get together? The epic story will keep you guessing until the last page.

Available on Amazon. Blog with reviews: martinknox.com 

LOVE TRADED SHORT 

Martin Knox’s novel Short of Love traces Tom’s and Patti’s relationship from a UK university in the Beatles era to recent times.

Tom’s priority is his career and when he meets Vicki he is distracted. 

When a relationship with her would be too demanding, he places her in a holding relationship with his flat mate, until later when she should become available on better terms, like in a commodity short? It is a solution that reveals his nerdy philosophical imagination.

He goes to work as an engineer in Canada and waits for terms with her to improve. He achieves a top management position and strives to connect with her, despite several accidents which keep them apart.

This is a fictional rendition based on a true story which reveals how love can have conditions that create difficult choices and unexpected consequences, revealing controversial ethics in the international petroleum industry.

Available on Amazon. Reviews: mertinknox.com  

WILL LOVE FIND A WAY?

Short of Love by Martin Knox is a biofiction thriller novel available on Amazon. 

Bride and bridegroom dowries are in the past but trading in love is still common everywhere. When Tom is unable to get with Vicki and she tricks him, he puts her aside until later when he can afford the time and he has a good job. He does a short trade with a friend, as if she were a consenting commodity. But the scheme backfires. The two try to get together but their ambitious careers are obstacles, his being overseas. Knox’s explanations of commodity trading and petroleum production reveal dramatic events.

The story is a satire, a romp through normal human mating conventions.

Their love is ill-fated but he remains hopeful. His work is CEO of an international oil company caught up in civil war in a famine-stricken African country. When Vicki confronts him with his responsibility, will love find a way?

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