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How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
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How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance [Format Kindle]

Marilyn Yalom
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“By the end of this book, it is hard not to feel both breathless and dowdy. Am I living sufficiently by my passions? Shouldn’t my husband be making more declarations? Perhaps the French are on to something.” (Pamela Druckerman, Wall Street Journal)

“[An] amiable tour through changing French attitudes toward love during the past millennium....Engaging.” (New Yorker)

“Marilyn Yalom’s new study, How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance, reaches beyond the stereotypes by focusing on literature, making an erudite, elegant, and charming case for France’s love ‘invention.’” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“This superbly realized and wonderfully engaging work of analytical cultural history creates a class by itself.” (Booklist)

How the French Invented Love is absolutely marvelous, so lively and learned....Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.” (Diane Johnson, author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce)

“Seductive and fascinating. Marilyn Yalom is the perfect companion for this delightfully candid tour de l’amour.” (Diane Ackerman, author of One Hundred Names for Love)

“The author employs an enjoyably downright style, blending in her own experiences in France over the course of 60 years as well as the personal stories of French friends. . . . Her first-person confidences give this an engagingly informal tone.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Marilyn Yalom is a charming guide on an exploration of desire, romance, sex and passion à la française. Like a detective on a steamy case, Yalom digs through literature and life, uncovering the mysteries of l’amour. How the French Invented Love will surely seduce you.” (Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons)

“Marilyn Yalom reclaims her enchantment with love stories from France. She explores the mysteries and complexities of love as they have been bequeathed by the French from centuries of their literature....She goes beyond the recognizable clichés to offer a comprehensive study, a rich psychological and cultural survey.” (Pierre Saint-Amand, Brown University; author of The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment)

“Marilyn Yalom combines a witty and conversational style with impressive erudition….[She] is no misty-eyed idealist when it comes to love, or to the French, but her personal involvement in the story is part of the charm of this highly readable book.” (Susan Rubin Suleiman, Harvard University; author of Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature)

“Enchanting….At the heart of this delicious book is Yalom the reader, whose fascination with the French way of love and pleasure in sharing her enthusiasms is highly contagious. Readers will want to run to the library and stay there for a year, reading everything she deconstructs.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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“Absolutely marvelous…lively and learned….Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.”
—Diane Johnson, author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce

“[An] enchanting tour of French literature—from Abelard and Heloise in the 12th century to Marguerite Duras in the 20th and Philippe Sollers in the 21st.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

How the French Invented Love is an entertaining and masterful history of love à la française by acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom. Spanning the Middle Ages to the present, Yalom explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature—from Moliere’s comic love to the tragic love of Racine, from the existential love of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to the romanticism of George Sand and Alfred de Musset. A thoroughly engaging homage to French culture and literature interlaced with the author’s delicious personal anecdotes, How the French Invented Love is ideal for fans of Alain de Botton, Adam Gopnik, and Simon Schama.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 421 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062048317
  • Editeur : Harper (23 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable to the end 22 février 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For anyone if a slight attraction to France and the French, this book has to be part of your repertoire; you will be handle yourself confidently within any French circle.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yalom's Best Book to Date 27 octobre 2012
Par Constance Borde - Publié sur
In full disclosure, I am an avid fan of Marilyn Yalom's books: rich in detail, academically factual, and so readable that you can't put them down. But How The French Invented Love is a real tour de force. Yalom puts herself and her long experience as an expert in French literature into this fascinating history of how notions of love have developed over the centuries from Middle Age France to our present day and how they have influenced the Western world. Yalom's style is engrossing and informative. Putting herself and her reflections into the work is a delicate writing trick. It never turns against the subject, never banalizes it. She has mastered the art in this one. There are so many wonderful passages where she passes from the historical past to her own past, and then to the present. Sheer genius! Feminist, erudite, informative, Yalom decodes culture in a way that makes us understand the world in which we live.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A charming and informative foray into French literature 1 avril 2013
Par Jill - Publié sur
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 the market on love. Stereotype or not, it seems to me that the French, both throughout history and today, are much more devoted to the pleasures of love. I was expecting a sociological exploration of this belief. I wanted to learn: why do we associate the French so strongly with love? is the French emphasis on love fact or fiction? how do the French treat love differently from other cultures?

Unfortunately, this book somewhat broaches these questions but not sociologically. Rather, Yalom, who writes both congenially and informatively, takes us on a sweeping adventure through French love literature. She begins with the tragic story of Abelard and Heloise, whom she names the "patron saints" of French love. From there we discuss Chrétien de Troyes' Arthurian romances and his focus on courtly love before moving to the invention of gallantry during the reign of Sun King Louis XIV. Then we investigate the Romantics' fixation/fascination on love as the absolute purpose of life and finally we explore the more modern cynicism toward love as found in Proust and Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Yalom does not limit herself to heterosexual love either--lesbian and gay relationships are well-covered. What I found most interesting about this chronological expedition through French literature was the oscillation between periods of romantic attitudes toward love followed by periods of jaded attitudes toward love. A lot of French love literature is motivated by backlash toward these ideals.

While this book left me with a long list of French love stories to seek out, I didn't get the answer to my most pressing questions: do the French actually love differently? and if they do, why? This omission was somewhat assuaged by Yalom's inclusion of several personal anecdotes on French love. She tells charming real life stories of French lovers that are so utterly French in character that I can't help but believe that l'amour à la française is not merely imagined but truly exists.

Here's a LONG list of French works focused on love that Yalom has inspired me to read as soon as possible:
The Lais of Marie de France
The Princesse de Clèves
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Manon Lescaut
The Misanthrope
Claudine at School
Madame Bovary
Cyrano De Bergerac
Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove
The Lover

So obviously that list suggests that you probably shouldn't pick this book up if you're not looking to add even MORE books to your already towering TBR pile. The Francophile in me, however, can't wait.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mailyn Yaloms Discovers How the French Invented Love 10 novembre 2012
Par Julius Kaplan - Publié sur
Allow me to be frank. I have had the experience of reading virtually all of Marilyn Yalom's books. The titles are always intriguing, the writing is exquisite, the scholarship is always impressive, and I have always learned from them; however, they have never fully reflected the warm personality and enormous sensitivity of the author as does her latest book: "How the French Invented Love".

In this beautifully written work, Marilyn Yalom has imbued this book with her own personal experience. She knows and admires the French people,French culture and language,French sensitivities, and she has many French friends and experiences in France. But most importantly, she has a genuine love of France. These personal elements permeate the book and bring it to life.

The book, can be viewed, on its most basic level, as a study of the evolution of the role of love - and sex - in the history of French literature. Marilyn Yalom explores it from the twelfth century view of love, as reflected by the romance of Abelard and Heloise, through the ages, as it evolves and changes.

This delightful book, however, goes further. It is infused with the author's fascination with a subject of overriding importance to the French, to their weltanschauung, and clearly to the author personally. After reading the book you feel that you have experienced an elaborate and elegant dinner with each course reflecting a different period of the culinary history of French attitudes, passions and tastes of love.

It is no surprise, as the author reveals, that when older French and Americans were asked whether "true love can exist without a radiant sex life," the overwhelming majority of Americans concluded that it could, while only thirty some percent of the French said that it was possible. It is not surprising, as the author reveals, that throughout French literary history, and French life, marriage and passion, are not necessarily viewed as being inseparable. Indeed, a French man or woman without erotic desire is viewed as defective.

In short this is a delicious book written by a very gifted writer who cannot disguise her love of France, French literature, and the French people - and, most importantly, of love itself.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 900 Years 20 août 2013
Par thomas oconnell - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The title says it all. Mostly a French History lesson. Not what I thought it would be. If your interested in Historic lovers from France this book just may be your cup of tea.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Frothy survey of French lit and love 9 août 2013
Par Nowhere Man - Publié sur
A delightful tour of nearly a thousand years of literary history, "How the French Invented Love" shows how French authors fashioned a conception of love that would link physical desire with emotional attachment. The author, Marilyn Yalom, writes in a breezy yet learned style and introduces us to a range of literary and historical figures such as Abelard and Heloise and Madame de Lafayette's "The Princess of Cleves" through to Emma Bovary and the erotic autobiography of Marguerite Duras. Her argument holds up better in some places than others - after awhile, the book reads more like a series of entertaining vignettes than a fully thought-through analysis on the French contribution to love.

But if it is ultimately more froth than substance, more meringue than tarte, its fairly tasty nonetheless. Yalom is clearly in love with her subject and uses her narrative to chart out her own life-long passion of French literature and the influence it has had on her life. And at its best, the book makes you want to delve more into the lives and works of those she chronicles: especially the eighteenth-century writer Julie de Lespinasse and her nineteenth-century counterpart, George Sand. Her writing carries you along effortlessly through her different vignettes and, by the end, even if you aren't quite convinced that the French invented love (the Italians, I'm sure, would something to say about that), it's clear that the French developed a particular style of love and romance that is as much a part of their cultural patrimony as Camembert and Pouilly-Fuisse.
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