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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Zen and Sex" is a humorous modern day love story. The main protagonists are Martin, a 24 year old guy, and Frances, aged 38 years. The story begins with Martin's musings about life, love and sex. He hates to admit it, but he is lovesick, at least that is what his room mate Mike tells him. Martin is obviously in search for a meaningful relationship with the opposite sex. To make matters worse, his girlfriend Roxanne invites him to her wedding. Resorting to an internet dating site, Martin starts seeking dates, having been unsuccessful in finding a love interest in the park, at the bank and at work. He starts dating women in Cafe Luna where he meets Frances, who has been a witness to his dating efforts. What follows is a relationship that combines Zen and Sex. With the age difference between them and the Zen principle steering their relationship, can Martin and Frances find happiness together?
Dermot Davis's "Zen and Sex" is a great mix of man-woman relationship content, humor and Zen. It is actually about how far human beings go in trying to find their partners in life or their soul mates. Martin is in the process of learning how to have a meaningful relationship through Frances and her Zen principles on relationships. To my mind, the main focus of the book is how we deal with relationships in our age and time, and at the same time, trying not to lose ourselves. It is told in a humorous way, and it makes it is easy to see myself and my friends in the same situation as the characters in the novel. The story is told in the first person perspective and the narrator is Martin, so we get to look inside the male mind while he goes through this self discovery. As I turn the pages of the book, I cannot help but wonder what goes on in the head of Frances too. This book is a must for all of us who have experienced sadness as well as happiness in our romantic lives!