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Of all his books, Love was Stendhal's favorite. Written at a critical time in his life when his own love had been rejected, the book is a thinly disguised picture of the author's innermost feelings. Though it ranges over a wide variety of topics from courtly love to the emancipation of women, central to the book is Stendhal's account of love - an intense, romantic and gene ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 28th 1975 by Penguin Classics (first published 1822)
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David
At first I really loved Stendhal's essays on Love. His theory is that the pains of love are necessary in order to "crystallize" the object of one's love, which basically is a process of transcendence from the real to the ideal, a state which is necessary in real, passionate love. Furthermore, Stendhal dissects love into a number of classifications which range the gambit from passionate romantic love to egotistic physical love to mannered love, etc. It is these meandering discussions of love, wha ...more
KamRun
Jan 23, 2017 KamRun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
یک اثر کلاسیک درباره عشق. کتاب در قرن 19 ام و متاثر از تجربیات شخصی نویسنده به نگارش درآمده و از این بابت نباید توقع داشت با یک اثر دانشگاهی و روشنگرانه روبرو شویم. در واقع این کتاب، شکل تغییر یافتهی رمان رئالیستی ناموفق استاندل به نام عشق بوده و طبقهبندی صرف کتاب در جرگه آثار روانشناسی اشتباه است (کتابی که من خریدم در فروشگاه فرهنگی سروش در راسته کتب روانشناسی قرار گرفته بود). ارزش این اثر ادبی که در نوع خود شاهکاری به زبان فرانسه محسوب میشود، در توصیف ضمنی جو فرهنگی و شرایط اجتماعی و عرف دوران ...more
Sketchbook
Jan 25, 2011 Sketchbook rated it really liked it
Stendhal exorcised his unrequited love for a Milanese
beauty w this philosophical buffet-chaud. Does he grump
or whine? He's too civilized. He offers no practical lessons
but rather extravagant literary exercises. With his awareness
of life's absurdities and human imperfections (including his own), he presents - most seriously - worldly ideas on intimacy, jealousy, pride and national differences. Americans : "They are just, they are rational but they are not at all happy. Is the Bible - or rather th
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Sunny
Jul 25, 2011 Sunny rated it it was amazing
I thought this was brilliant. The author uses the effect of crystallization to descibe the bejewelling (word?) effect of love on the person you love. He gives some really startling examples of how people can get fascinated with the feeling that loves gives them and find it difficult to dichotomize that from the person they are supposed to be loving. This is the type of book you should read at 18 because it makes you realise a hundred things you probably acknowledge when you turn 30. Although he ...more
Jane
Mar 14, 2007 Jane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: smitten kittens
If your fires of classical romance need fanning, turn to this gem. This is one of those books that can convince you of humanity's pervading spirit; the timelessness of emotions and experiences that in the moment seem so seethingly personal, yet to discover that they are shared, almost exactly, by others who lived hundreds of years before you.... I am only giving it 4 stars to prove that I can review something without giving it 5 stars but this book probably deserves all of them because it can be ...more
Х. Б. Ачболд
Oct 31, 2016 Х. Б. Ачболд rated it it was amazing
This very proper and apparently dry book on ‘love’ is actually pouring with warmth and feeling. It explains . . . everything. If you think you are not interested in love, you should pick this up. Don’t skip the prefaces.

As a writer, Stendhal is like those conductors (e.g. Mravinsky) who refrain from sentimentality in most of the notes, so that the notes that are allowed to break free come in to a sharper contrast (i.e. tear your heart out). But he’s never cold or detached: or detached in appeara
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Tatiana
Oct 30, 2011 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
A scientific research, called "On Love" by Stendhal is presenting love in all forms, such as Passion, Desire, Jealousy, Courtesy, Platonic, Savage and Pure. He crystallized all stages through his own experience, tormented by a going astray love affair. It's a bible of love!
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 12, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it

Quatro tipos de amor:
-o amor-paixão
-o amor-gosto
-o amor físico
-o amor-vaidade."
Morgan
Mar 26, 2009 Morgan rated it really liked it
Many truths in this book, but the pain was still there when I finished.
Howard Olsen
Sep 28, 2007 Howard Olsen rated it it was amazing
This is a work belongs with Stendhal's works of social and cultural criticism, rather than his brilliant noves. Regardless, all of the qualities he brings to his fiction are present here-irony, psychological acuity, poetry, satire, radical politics, etc. "On Love" is not a roses-and-candlelight affair, nor is it a 19th century version of "How to Pick Up Girls." Stendhal is interested in the psychology of love, especially the question of what makes someone focus their passion on a particular man ...more
Tristan
Apr 07, 2012 Tristan rated it really liked it
Not a book you have to read all at once. Neither do I feel there is a need to read it in a chronological fashion. Stendhal does a good job analysing the very difficult subject that is love. Particularly amusing is concerning the love life of nations. Here France, Italy, Spain, England and Germany are some of his examples.
Maybe a bit stereotypical, but definitely some truths in his observations!

There is a section called various fragments that consist of quotes, anecdotes which is very interestin
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Eduardo Pereira
Jan 03, 2013 Eduardo Pereira rated it it was amazing
Havia no tempo de Stendhal minas de sal em Salzburgo. Qualquer corpo estranho, como um ramo seco, que viesse a cair na salina, acabava por perder a forma inicial e cristalizava. Ficava irreconhecível. Assim S. associa o amor, em seus efeitos no nosso psiquismo, à uma espécie de cristalização. Para além de seu êxtase originário, desconfiança, ciúme, insegurança, mesmo decepções (o impressionante capítulo "Da diferença do amor nos dois sexos"), fazem parte da maturação desse sentimento (o caso da ...more
Olga Vallinsgren
Sep 16, 2012 Olga Vallinsgren rated it it was amazing
I think this is essential reading in the topic of love, or passionate love more precisely. No matter how much you think you know already, the insights in this book will still fascinate you.
Karen
Jun 07, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
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" and I underlined passages furiously throughout. The anecdotes are very tender and romantic, and make me want to live in the 19th century forever. The second part of the book, the "Fragments" I found a bit disjointed. I think my understanding of some of the themes would have been enhanced by a more ...more
Richard
Aug 03, 2007 Richard rated it really liked it
I still don't have a girlfriend, but then it was never marketed as a self-help book. I am consoled by knowing that as of 1822 this could already be said of the United States: "love there has become impossible."
Donald
Aug 14, 2009 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"That you should be made a fool of by a young woman, why, it is many an honest man's case." (The Pirate, vol. III, page 77)...
Deborah
Feb 25, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
A witty book with lots to chew on.

Marie Henri Beyle, known through his writings as Stendhal, was born in Grenoble in 1793. He followed Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy, Germany, Russia and Austria. In between wars, he spent his time in Paris drawing-rooms and theaters.

After the fall of Napoleon, he retired to Italy, adopted his pseudonym and started to write books on Italian painting, Haydn and Mozart, and travels in Italy. He left Italy in 1821 due to the political situation, and returned to Paris
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AGamarra
Sep 06, 2015 AGamarra rated it liked it
Shelves: clásicos
Del amor o "De l'amour" en francés es una obra muy particular de Stendhal, según algunos una de sus obras favoritas. Lo leí debido a que le tengo en muy alto gracias a sus novelas "Rojo y Negro" y "La cartuja de Parma" que son mis favoritas y las he releído varias veces. Pero Del amor, a pesar de su título que pudiera parecer novelesco es más bien un ENSAYO del autor muy personal pero al fin y al cabo hecho para probar algunas de sus afirmaciones sobre todo lo relacionado a las relaciones sentim ...more
Tony
Mar 19, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
LOVE. (1822). Stendhal. **.
Marie Henri Beyle (a.k.a. Stendhal) was born in Grenoble in 1783 and died in 1842 after suffering a stroke. Most of his life was spent as a political correspondent, but he managed to fit in quite a bit of writing on his own behalf – mostly lives of musicians and travel books. This book was called his first novel, although it is certainly not a novel. It reminds me more of Burton’s “Anatomy of Melancholy” than of any novel I can think of. offhand. “Stendhal always cons
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Kate Savage
Feb 21, 2014 Kate Savage rated it liked it
All my favorite French authors gush about Stendhal, so I gave him another chance.

I still may be a bit underwhelmed by this plotless hodgepodge of ideas. This doesn't mean I'm not charmed by Stendhal. Maybe even a little seduced. Stendhal's belief in equality and justice doesn't come from dry politics, but from an impulse toward pleasure and joy. He wants everyone to enjoy leisure and education because then you can be in raptures together over Shakespeare and cumulonimbus clouds. Outlaw the educa
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Jewel
Jul 07, 2015 Jewel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
aha! finally, finished. yet, this is one of those books that are meant to be studied rather than hastily devoured, thus I will retract any penalty upon myself. in fact, I will probably re-read this one again, which doesn't happen very often in my world.

to think that someone was so dismantled by rejection in love that he set out to travel the continent and write an entire two books about the ins and outs of love. and this is what Love by Stendhal is. although dated (duh), whatever angle in romant
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Octavian
Feb 09, 2014 Octavian rated it liked it
I consider this book a history of love, because Stendhal draws his conclusions on one hand form the multiple ideas that were expressed in different ages of the past and on the other from his own experiences. This, I think, is the only way you can explain love; you experience it, you create your own explanations and when you get to a point where you don't understand what is happening, you go back in time to see how others saw it. Everybody knows how hard it is to express feelings and how hard it ...more
Kaylee
Jan 03, 2014 Kaylee rated it really liked it
"There is no Italian word for small talk. You speak when you have something to say in the cause of a passion, and only rarely for the sake of making random conversation."

Love is completely riddled with amazing statements like that.

I won't pretend to have loved this more than I really did; I found it difficult to stay engaged at times, and felt like I missed more than I would have liked simply due to untranslated phrases or references.

Still, what I did comprehend, I enjoyed immensely. The satiri
...more
Anamaria
Apr 05, 2012 Anamaria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people in love,
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Patrick
Jan 14, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and perceptive thoughts on the madness of love. Stendhal has one striking metaphor, crystallization, to describe the process, and then it's one telling anecdote after another about passionate love, mannered love, the habits of various nationalities in love, and, above all, Stendhal's accounts of his own failings and his compassion for those of others.
Serafinabelacquawalks
живяла съм в тийнейджърска заблуда, че е мъж.
всъщност въпреки рода, в който пише, личи че е представителка на нежния пол.
кой мъж би написал книга "Любов"?
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хареса ми - 3 звезди. :)
Goldnick
Jan 23, 2016 Goldnick rated it it was amazing
A harbinger novel and yes, nowadays everything is suitable,matching Love by Stendhal perfect with one plus, Internet
Nicoleta Risteiu
Aug 25, 2015 Nicoleta Risteiu rated it really liked it
Timeless
"Adeseori, in dragoste ne indoim de ceea ce credem mai mult. In oricare alta pasiune, odata dovedit un lucru, nu ne mai indoim de el."
Scott Wilson
Jan 09, 2015 Scott Wilson rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Stendhal's other books, but this just seemed like the ravings of a pissed off teenager.
Zorica  Zoric
Jan 29, 2017 Zorica Zoric rated it really liked it
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Henri-Marie Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal , was a 19th-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism in his two novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839).
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