15 May 2013

Book Review: How the French Invented Love

How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance by Marilyn Yalom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well. That was interesting! And mesmerising. The French, they have a way with love. The Italians and the Spanish, they can be passionate too, but the French? Only they truly understand love.

And you'll come to understand that if you read this book. You'll also come to understand a lot of other things about people, and yourself. Everybody will react differently to each chapter (which focuses on a different era and time of love). You'll recognise some of the famous lovers, and others you won't. You'll understand some of the viewpoints, and others you won't. Sometimes you might even be convinced to change your mind. This book is very good at corrupting your morals...

No stone is left unturned. Not even homosexuality (both ways). The French have a bit of a history for being a refuge. Most things go at some point in teh history of love (and love-making) in France. Its fascinating to see how they're playing out today.

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