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Love : a century of love and passion
Montreynaud, Florence.
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Uniform Title:
Aimer. English
Publication Information:
[Köln] : Evergreen, [1998]

Physical Description:
463 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Aimer, un siècle de liens amoureux (Paris : Chêne, 1997).
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HQ16 .M565 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Love is a many splendoured thing, a diverse jewel, and nowhere is that more evident than in this unique publication. Offering a most distinctive take on its subject, Love lets us walk hand in hand through the twentieth century with some of its most famous couples. Their desire might have been to make a private world together, but they are also among those who have reformulated our ideas of what relationships could be, who have found equal status as independent but supportive partners, both making a difference to their times. Sometimes seen as threatening, they nevertheless show that, whether heterosexual or gay, there is no secret recipe to emotional success, no genetic elixir save commitment and trust. Presented in the context of their age, year by year and couple by couple, we watch the world change through their eyes, and learn at the same time about related topics like the Kinsey Report, psychoanalysis, lingerie, the role of the church, femmes fatales, and sex in pop music and the cinema. Whether you're JFK and Jackie O, Kurt and Courtney or Hillary and Bill, success in love remains the great unknown, and whether you're after lust or dreamy romance, you'll love this book.

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Library Journal Review

Sentimentalists beware: this history of love in the 20th century is tastefully illustrated and Pepto-Bismol pink, but Montreynaud (The Women's Twentieth Century) dissects the loaded, four-letter emotion like a skilled heart surgeon. For every year between 1900 and 1998, she profiles lovers‘both hetero- and homosexual, monogamous and adulterous‘who "either together or separately, accomplished something significant" and continue to shape the concept of modern love. Candid essays on "social phenomen[a]" like Pygmalion, the femme fatale, sex education, and the moustache balance the sometimes melodramatic profiles by providing specific cultural contexts in which the lovers met and lived. In doing so, Montreynaud also makes love, an abstract force, into a concrete art that humans can practice but probably never master. This will especially fascinate young Americans who have not had to love (and hate) during war. Despite minor spelling and typographical errors, Love entertains and educates and is recommended for all public libraries.‘Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.