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Falling in Love: A History of Torment and Enchantment Paperback – 4 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (4 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333753542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333753545
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,196,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A history of torment and enchantment
Everyone – or almost everyone – falls in love. It is such a commonplace event that the world hardly notices it happen. Sheila Sullivan explores the psychological, social, sexual and cultural processes that allow normally rational people to lose their reason. Reaching out to the happy in love as well as the broken-hearted, FALLING IN LOVE speaks to both those who scorn love and those who celebrate it. Clear-headed and wise, this is an indispensable guide around the strange territory of a love affair.


‘Sweepingly erudite, smartly reflective . . . a delightful journey, full of unexpected detours’ OBSERVER

‘Sullivan comes into her own as a true enthusiast for romantic love’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘A well-researched and well-meditated book, which surveys the experience of falling in love . . . and which does not blanch at exploring the problems as well as the promises involved’ FINANCIAL TIMES

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Not what one expects. It is an immensely well researched book -- quoting from literally many hundreds of sources, books, surveys and documentary programmes. Yet it is so constantly darting from one to the next, and then to the next, that (a) one is left bewildered over what exactly one is being told, and (b) one is not even left with a simple paragraph that one can quote as summing up what the author has been trying to put over in a particular chapter Every paragraph one might wish to use needs an explanation of the obscure source from which Sheila is quoting. Oh dear! Something less complex would have been better.
A book for scholars perhaps, giving them a wonderful bibliography of other books to turn to; but distinctly a disappointment for the more general reader who might be seeking examples of why love affairs can go wrong, or how they can succeed against the odds if one or both parties recognises the problems and takes steps to circumvent the pitfalls.
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