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How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance - Marilyn Yalom
How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
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Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l'amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of smell or taste. Now... show more
Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l'amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of smell or taste. Now revered scholar Marilyn Yalom intimately examines the tenets of this culture's enduring gospel of romance. Basing her delightfully erudite findings on her extensive readings of French literature, as well as memories of her personal experiences in la belle France, Yalom explores the many nuances of love as it has evolved over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the present. Following along, step-by-step, on her romance-tinged literary detective hunt, the reader discovers how the French invented love, how they have kept it vibrant for more than nine centuries, what is unique in the French love experience, and what is universal.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780062048318 (0062048317)
ASIN: 62048317
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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4.0 How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
Because Valentine's Day!
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4.0 How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
So I was led astray by the title of this book How the French Invented Love--doesn't that suggest a sociological explanation of the significance of love in French culture? Now of course, love is important in every culture. But to my romantic American Francophile mind, the French seem to have cornered...
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What a fascinating book.
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4.0 How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
How the French Invented Love is a history of love in French society, particularly French literature, from around 1100AD to today. The author summarizes classic stories to give you a feel for the era, but leaves out just enough that you desperately want to read the complete work. These glimpses into ...
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4.0 How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
I'm a Francophile and I love reading; I love romance and I love -- for the most part -- the dramatic tensions that come with romantic stories. Writers on reading bring me joy and I get giddy delight when anyone geeks out about great books. This book is a breezy, accessible look at French attitudes...
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