Love, the noblest emotion of humanity, has long been a factor in both our biology—instinctive maternal love—and our history. It has been a main concern of humans since the earliest days of our existence, influencing art, music, and literature down through the ages.
In Seven Grim Love Stories, author Jack Drumgold seeks to portray the beauty and nobility of love in its various manifestations, from the urge to procreate to the parental bonds that make us who we are. He celebrates the honour and decency we have inherited from our rural past in many countries. And yet the world’s most iconic love stories are always fraught with difficulty, even tragedy, before love prevails, if at all. These stories are not necessarily tragic, but the deep and uncompromising nature of life helps to create these scenes and paint love in brighter colours, as it so often does.
Exploring a wide range of emotions involved in humanity’s experiences, this collection of short stories offers a unique exploration of the misery and beauty of love.