Love: A History - Simon May
What does Valentine’s Day celebrate, exactly, besides greeting cards and the consumption of chocolate? What is love? Simon May explores the foundations of Western ideas about love—– from the Bible to the Greeks to the troubadours –in order to understand our modern assumptions about what love should be like—and why it fails to meet our ideals. Even on a subject as ineffable as love, May writes articulately and persuasively on themes of fidelity and infidelity, idealized women, and vulnerability. Though he is not sentimental (a key theme of the book is that we must give up our divinization of love), the understanding of love that he proposes is ultimately a truer, deeper, and more fascinating emotion.