In 1818, when he was in his mid-thirties, Stendhal met and fell passionately in love with the beautiful Mathilde Dembowski. She, however, was quick to make it clear that she did not return his affections, and in his despair he turned to the written word to exorcise his love and explain his feelings. The result is an intensely personal dissection of the process of falling - and being - in love: a unique blend of poetry, anecdote, philosophy, psychology and social observation. Bringing together the conflicting sides of his nature, the deeply emotional and the coolly analytical, Stendhal created a work that is both acutely personal and universally applicable.
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Review: LoveUser Review - Wes Zickau - Goodreads
Interesting and erroneous. Stendhal seems incapable of deciding the mode of the writing itself: witty, playful criticism, or serious social and philosophical inquiry. The prose is well crafted, but "wobbles" between these two modes, rendering the lot of it structurally unsound. Read full review
Review: LoveUser Review - Karen - Goodreads
This is not a novel, but more of a dissertation of Stendhal's poignant, intense and sometimes hopeless view of passionate love. A lot of his ideas resonated with me, particularly the "crystallisation ... Read full review