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Richard

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  • How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Marilyn Yalom
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Spanning the Middle Ages to the present, How the French Invented Love explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature, interlacing the author’s charming personal anecdotes. This fascinating history will particularly delight fans of Alain de Botton, Adam Gopnik, and Simon Schama. The author examines almost a thousand years of divine culture in search of the intimate moments that reveal how the particularly French concept of l’amour has endured and evolved.

    hope says: "Nothing Spectacular"
    "Romancing the frog"
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    Pity men of France. The principal manly art, warfare, has mocked them since Napoleon's apogee. since then, the English, Germans (3x), Vietnamese and Algerians have kicked french butt, er, derrière.

    But ah, the manly arts of love, where "French" is a verb, noun and modifier. Along comes M. Yalom, "How the French Invented Love…." She applies the scaly hands of a feminist to the history of French love and romance. There is a heavy emphasis on cuckolds and adulterous moms. Yikes. Over nine centuries then, we have no exchange of fluids, and only one dirty word. After reading this book, I have discovered why French men are arrogant little frogs.


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