by William Irvine Publish: Sep 28, 2016New Adult RomanceErotic RomanceWomen's FictionLiterary FictionReligion & Spirituality
One man, many wives
In The Polygamist, William Irvine explores love, sex, and marriage within the context of an unusual household. An exploration of sexual fantasy and desire, ultimately The Polygamist is a coming of age story with a strong spiritual theme.
Set at the end of the seventies, a time when experimentation with alternative lifestyles and sexual relationships was rife, The Polygamist follows the fortunes of Omar Al Ghamdi, Saudi-born but educated in the West; a man who is the product of two irreconcilable cultures.
After two decades he has come to experience philandering as increasingly superficial; but vehemently opposed to monogamous fidelity, turns to polygamy as the solution to his high turnover existence. His hope is that taking several wives will provide him with a more honest and satisfying alternative, allowing him to engage in deeper relationships whilst still giving a long enough leash to his sexuality.
Having pursued his goal without compromise by entering into serial arranged marriages, he lives with his household on a remote house on Colva Beach in Goa. Does the reality live up to the dream? And, what is it like for the women? How can one man possibly satisfy multiple female partners?
Written from an unashamedly male perspective, The Polygamist will appeal to those wishing to understand male sexuality and the desires that shape all of our lives and relationships.
BIOGRAPHY When the author was aged eleven, one of his four sisters married someone whose family had lived in India for four generations. Weaned by his brother-in-law on stories of snakes, vengeful servants and panthers, it is perhaps no surprise that he jumped at the chance to live, aged nineteen in rural Bihar as a volunteer worker when the opportunity arose. He spent the best part of a year there at a leprosy hospital. He went on to read philosophy, his other great love, at the University of Sussex, attracted by its then reputation as a hotbed of radicalism. He has since returned to South Asia many times in pursuit of his interest in Eastern philosophy. Not finding much demand for philosophers in the workplace, he went on to pursue a career in IT and has ended up working for one of modern India’s new technology behemoths.
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