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The Bleeding Heart: A Novel (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Marilyn French

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From the bestselling author of The Women’s Room comes a resonant novel about love and marriage

Dolores Durer, a divorced English professor and the mother of two adult children, has sworn off love after a series of disastrous affairs. Electronics executive Victor Morrissey is in England to open a branch office. He has four children and is unhappily married.

From the moment they meet—on a train—their connection is instant and passionate. The two Americans abroad embark on an affair that will have consequences in both their lives. Each carries baggage. Dolores is haunted by family tragedy; Victor is tormented by marital estrangement. Driven by an impending sense of urgency, knowing their time together is finite, they struggle to transform their pasts into a hopeful future.

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  • Editeur : Open Road Media (24 septembre 2013)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 étoiles sur 5  12 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books about broken hearts 24 juillet 2000
Par JulieS - Publié sur Amazon.com
I first read this book many years ago when my first serious relationship ended. I would definitely say that I saw myself a lot in the characters. This book talks a lot about the different roles of men and women in a love affair, and how the woman somehow always ends up doing more of the work. I think some people might say this is outdated, but there are some truths in this novel. But despite her cynicism, the female protagonist still embarks in this love affair and falls deeply in love with this man. This book is at turns didatic, romantic, and sad, and very enjoyable to read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who just got out of a relationship as I think that's the best time to read it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extraordinary! 14 octobre 2012
Par Paula James (pjames@prismnet.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a remarkable book--an unrelenting, brutally honest and insightful examination of the dynamics of gender relationships in a patriarchal world. And also a compelling, beautifully written novel. I notice that, astonishingly, it is hardly mentioned in articles about Dr. French. I have a Ph.D. in English, have taught at the university level, am 69 years old, and have spent my adult life reading the best fiction I could get my hand on. That said, this is one of the best I've come across. Dr. French has chosen intimate gender relationships as her topic and has brought more intelligence and courage to the subject than any other novelist I've come across. And she's done so while still telling a completely absorbing tale of love, grief, fury, and survival.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense picture of the way a woman feels 23 mars 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read the book after a long hesitation, but sometimes as I was reading it, I was gasping, since some of the things I was reading could have been my thoughts. But there was also a part I didn't like because it was too black and white. But I think women should read this book to understand the relation between men and women better.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Story about a Woman who has the Courage to Speak her Truth 10 janvier 2015
Par ronald a strapason - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
My name is Collette Marie,

and I love most of what Marilyn French has written.

It is true that Ms. French uses this story, at least in part, as a vehicle to express intelligent feminist concepts -- and I applaud her for doing so.

Throughout the book, the heroine "comes clean" with Victor. She works to set to rights a social system of rampant sexism, inequality, and discrimination against women. This is EXACTLY the kind of dialogue women and men NEED to have -- inequality between men and women is a horrible thing and it DOESN'T WORK -- in any way, shape, or form -- the whole world over. I love Delores's confrontations with Victor -- right on! All the more power to her! (However, with Victor, I think Delores is "beating her head against a brick wall." She is wasting her precious energy trying to get a very important message through to a fairly dense, disinterested guy. I think men should be free to make their own choices as to whether they want to continue to be sexist or work to unlearn sexism. Nobody can "force" a man to think and to care. So -- why waste time? "Take the best and leave the rest." Find a man who is aware and compassionate to begin with, regarding equality between men and women. More on this in a bit.)

I gave the book four stars instead of five because I didn't care for the ending -- I was hoping she'd leave Victor, as this seems to be a dead-end type relationship -- as in, "stuck," where no real growth is possible.

From what I gather, Delores's relationship with Victor will undoubtedly drag on and on. She will "forgive" him everything, for "love." Delores decides to "settle" for Victor, even though this can only negatively impact her self-respect and self-esteem. However -- "love" is poor compensation for the loss of self-respect and personal integrity that "selling out" entails. (Remember, Women -- you only get what you settle for. If you settle for inequality, for a relationship in which you are anything less than fully equal and equally respected, then you are accountable to yourself for having "settled." There ARE some wonderful men out there -- they may be far and few between, in that there may be relatively few men that are truly concerned about sexism and what John Stoltenberg calls "gender justice," but I myself would rather live alone for the rest of my life than settle for anything less. At least I will HAVE MYSELF. I am as good as any man -- as a human being, I am of equal value, entitled to the same degree of dignity and respect and all good things. Therefore, I won't put up with SEXISM in a personal relationship with a man, NOT ONE IOTA. I will always express how I feel about it, if my male partner "slips," whether intentional on his part or not. If other women want to "eat sh-- with a smile," that's their problem. But I WILL NOT. And I'm not saying I believe in name-calling, vicious attacks, and character defamation -- much of male sexism in not even conscious, but is simply due to HIS programming from birth on. Rather, it's a gradual process of consciousness-raising, in helping a man see the ways in which his programming isn't conducive to healthy relationships with women. It's a matter of men gradually de-programming a lifetime's worth of stereotypical messages about women. However, I am TIRED -- the next man I meet will have to be "on the ball," already aware of the injustice and true cost of sexism with regards to the health and harmony of male-female relationships. He will have to have "done his own homework," in this regard -- I can't "take any more men on," as Dolores does with Victor. He will have to be on the right side of things to begin with, or it won't fly. He necessarily will have had, at some point, to begin taking a hand in his own education and reprogramming...and yes, there are some very good men out there that have done these things. I have every faith that most men are decent people, capable of caring and learning. However -- I've been involved with men like Victor who have had no real, abiding interest in the concept that women are equal human beings -- best to let these men go entirely...as in, no contact. And "lip-service" is not enough -- where I'm concerned, a man will have to "walk his talk," because talk alone is cheap. Three years ago, I let go of a man who refused to stop listening to, laughing at, and no doubt relating sexist jokes himself with other men at his place of employment. Oh, well! No big loss! And there have been several others I've relinquished, as well.)

Here are a few words from a man who has done his homework, who gives a damn, and who understands. He is a marriage counselor/sex therapist (and an author as well) named Marty Klein, who did an article for Utne Reader, Nov./Dec. 1988. Still very relevant, as the article is about rape. It is entitled, "Stopping Rape: Women, Read This to Men." In it, Klein expresses his grief, horror, and outrage at what is done to women by (certain) men throughout our country, every single day. He not only discusses rape, but women's everyday relationships with men, as well. I quote: "A woman who takes herself seriously won't allow a man to ignore what matters to her. This goes beyond the issue of rape; if you can't count on him to be passionately concerned about something just because it's important to you, how can you trust him about anything? How can there be true love or intimacy in a relationship that tolerates one person ignoring the vital concerns of another? In a mature relationship, the statement, 'Make this important to you because it's important to me,' comes not from pleading, but from power. If you don't have that, what are you doing in the relationship?" Further on, Klein asks, "A disconcerting challenge? Don't want to deal with the rejection, the nagging proof that he may not respond to something really important to you? Can you imagine the opposite -- you not responding to something HE feels strongly about? Of course not. I sympathize. BUT WE ONLY GET THE KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WE INSIST ON. TAKE A BOLD RISK, AND MAKE DEMANDS. SETTLING FOR SECOND-CLASS STATUS MAKES YOU PART OF THE PROBLEM." (Capital letters mine.)

Yes, despite the fact that the character Dolores seems in the end to "settle" for Victor, I give her a lot of credit for having the courage to speak her truth -- it is better to "whine" (as some people have termed it, in an effort to trivialize legitimate complaints about unequal male/female relationships as per Patriarchy) than to sit there like a cowardly ninny and eat sh-- with a smile on your face.

I've read some of the pathetic responses in these reviews, by women who should know better. But -- it's your loss, and no one else's, if you think so little of yourselves, as women. There are many female apologists for a social system that is totally destructive to women -- this truly is pathetic. (I wonder -- where is the self-respect of these women?)

I think women need to wake up -- we are part of the problem, because so many of us think so little of ourselves that we stupidly "eat it with a smile," whereas no self-respecting man would do likewise. We women too help keep this sick system going by our refusal to challenge injustice -- even when it makes fools of us in a personal way.

Women have gotten our sexist society's message from birth on -- in blatant and subtle ways -- that we are worthless because we are female. And, deep down, many women believe it, gauging by female responses to sexism. As I said -- no self-respecting MAN would put up with the second-class treatment that women have been conditioned to put up with. This is why disempowered women try to silence or shame those women who do speak out -- "I put up with it, and so should you."

Black people who "brown nose" are called "Uncle Toms." There should be a similar word for female sell-outs and sycophants.

No woman would have ANY rights or power, were it not for the courage, hard work, immensely dangerous risk-taking, and personal sacrifices of feminists past and present. Women, until fairly recently in our country's history, had few rights at all -- we couldn't vote or own property. A husband was allowed by law to beat and rape his wife. The list goes on and on.

Those women who in all ignorance slam feminists (i.e., those who have the courage to speak out, fight back, and thereby make a difference that benefits ALL women) are in actuality their own worst enemies, and caring men like Marty Klein are in full agreement with this (as Klein says, "Settling for second-class status makes YOU part of the problem).

These are the kind of men and women I want in my life -- people whose lives make a difference.
2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Multifaceted Book 10 septembre 2010
Par SerenaBlackCat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Initially, I didn't think I'd like the book because I was turned off by the main character's use of absolutes; "all men" do [oppressive things], "women always" get the bum deal. It seemed like the story of a woman with a very big axe to grind; she got upset over small details, and I thought someone so embittered shouldn't go into a relationship.

Reading the entire book I would say her character, who was brilliant, passionate, as well as irritating at times, was very well illustrated. Further into the story we are told exactly what has made her so bitter, and I can't blame her--lots of people have become embittered over much less. We are also told her lover's story, and while he wasn't attentive to his wife and children, I felt that the book primarily blamed him for his wife's fate when she also had her part in it. Basically she NEVER told him her wishes, and then was angry that he didn't honor them--sure he didn't listen much, but she could have at least made an attempt to communicate, and if he was still neglectful, then the blame would be on him. I also thought it was unfair to directly blame his chauvinism for her ultimate condition, as he couldn't have predicted it.

This book can be looked at in a number of ways. It can be seen as a feminist statement, but it is also more than that. It is a debate between two points of view, both of them hold their own, and one side is not shown as clearly right. The views of the characters can be seen as simply their own views, and their arguments can be seen as things that couples go through in a relationship. For the most part, the relationship was realistic, except I kept thinking that most people fight about much more inane subjects.

Like other of French's novels, the portrayal of woman's plight can show us the things that have changed for women, as well as the things that haven't. Women in the present don't always just go along with men and some have the primary career in the family. Women don't always get the bum deal in divorce cases and breakups, and some men have been manipulated in the way that women are portrayed as manipulated in this book. Most of all, I don't think it is viewed as acceptable for men to have affairs and not women, and in some liberal circles, like polyamory, I think there is even an unspoken, probably unconscious prejudice that promiscuous women are enjoying sexual freedom, whereas promiscuous men are still kind of being womanizers. The main difference between then and now is that while there is still sexism in our society and the things she writes about still happen, I don't see these things as universal truths about our entire society anymore.
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