- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
- Morgan’s Passing by Anne Tyler
- Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love
A Let’s Talk About It Book Discussion Series
Developed by Thomas Van Nortwick
Romantic love is surely one of the most universal and one of the most puzzling features of the human condition. Sexual desire, the need for self-authentication, the urge somehow to complete oneself through another, all are fuel for the fires that sweep over nearly everyone at least once. By turns open and secretive, generous and mean, sanguine and despairing, the lover struggles with the forces loosed within. Veering erratically between intense pleasure and debilitating pain, he or she wanders in a no-man’s land between volition and compulsion. Conventional piety, the polite rituals of society, the bonds of friendship, the demands of work and family–all can be rendered insignificant in a moment by the onset of passion.
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