A Vindication of Love
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A Vindication of Love : Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century

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"A fierce and lively book. . . .This is one of those rare books that could make people think about their intimate lives in a new way." -- New York Times Book Review

"A rousing defense of imprudent ardor and romantic excess. . . . It's difficult to deny that [Nehring] is on to something." -- Wall Street Journal

A thinking person's "guide" that makes the case for love in an age both cynical about and fearful of strong passion. Bold and challenging, A Vindication of Love has inspired praise and controversy, and brilliantly reinvigorated the romance debate. A perfect choice for readers of Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life and Pierre Bayard's How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 135 x 205 x 22mm | 268g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060765046
  • 9780060765040
  • 984,068

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In the twenty-first century, political correctness, cynicism, prag-matism, and the commodification of sex have reduced romantic love to a discredited myth or a recreational sport--"a cause for embarrassment," says Cristina Nehring. In A Vindication of Love, Nehring wrests romantic love from the clutches of retrograde feminists and cutting-edge capitalists, thrill-seeking convenience shoppers and safe-sex moralists. With help from lovers ranging from Heloise and Abelard to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Nehring celebrates the wild, irreverent, and uncompromising models of love we have inherited--as she rediscovers romantic love's fearless and heroic provenance, and challenges readers to demand partnerships that fully engage body, heart, and mind.
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A wild appreciation of men and women . . . who passionately and fearlessly and recklessly redefine romance. . . . The passionate creatures who refuse to play it safe and settle down now have an intelligent, like-minded advocate. --Jessa Crispin, The Smart Set"
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162 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 19% (31)
4 36% (58)
3 27% (44)
2 15% (24)
1 3% (5)
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