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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing
I wait now every morning, every day, for your voice, your call, your smile, your hand, your eyes... waitng for the phone to ring. i realize how hard i hope for a reason, an excuse a word, a game, an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cathyvil - LibraryThing
I'm so happy to be done with this. I can't imagine anyone, even in the 19th Century, could take most of what was written to heart and think it actual philosophy. Half of what he was on about he had to pull out of his rear. Read full review