Lust in Translation

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Penguin Group Australia, Sep 29, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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Is what the French mean by infidelity the same as what Australians mean? Or the same as the Japanese, or the Finns? Do different countries have different rules when it comes to extramarital sex?

Delving into this taboo subject, Pamela Druckerman interviewed people all over the world, from retirees in South Florida to Muslim polygamists in Indonesia; from Hasidic Jews to the men who keep their mistresses in a concubine village outside Hong Kong. She talked to psychologists, sex researchers, marriage counsellors, and, most of all, cheaters and the people they've cheated on.

Russian husbands and wives don't believe that beach-resort flings violate their marital vows. Japanese businessmen declare, "If you pay, it's not cheating". And South Africans may be the masters of creative accounting pollsters there had to create separate categories for men who cheat and men who cheat only when drunk.

With all this bending of the boundaries of marriage, knowing that by international standards Australians are extremely faithful may come as comforting news. Or maybe not.

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Great research and writing. - Goodreads
However, the author's style of writing annoyed me. - Goodreads
Druckerman's prose are witty and astute. - Goodreads
She's a very entertaining writer :) Good read! - Goodreads

Review: Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I enjoyed her study/cultural research on parenting so much that I wanted to read this book too. They both seem to be valuable and interesting studies of American culture. Read full review

Review: Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee

User Review  - Brooks Kohler - Goodreads

I took this book with a grain of salt, realizing that for some it would be used for research and others as way to deal with a failed relationship, etc. I came across this book while visiting a ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Pamela Druckerman is a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She has a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and has reported from Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Paris and New York. She lives in Paris.

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