Books on Love

Books that educate readers about the many possible ways to practice love. Books that encourage readers to be imaginative about the arts of loving. Books that value the joys, and pleasures, and ecstasy of love. Books that teach about the ecology of love. Books that tell passionate and juicy love stories. Books that encourage readers to love our hostess Gaia, the third planet, where love exists. Books that encourage practices of love that are diverse, healthy, compersive and inclusive. Books that propose love as the cure, not the disease, the medicine, not the affliction.
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message 1: by Serena (new)

Serena Anderlini Hey! I've created a list for books on LOVE on GoodReads. Please get in, add books, and vote for your favorites!


message 2: by Derya (new)

Derya Well, I am not sure whether Love in the Time of Cholera represents love as a sort of disease from time to time, or not.


message 3: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Dec 20, 2010 07:02AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Ah, but ultimately it's a cure! :)

ETA: What about Othello, though?


message 4: by Serena (new)

Serena Anderlini right, is Othello really about love? more about jealousy and fear.


message 5: by Serena (new)

Serena Anderlini but thanks for all the adds, just what i needed. i teach a course on love (western civ in a global context) and can use some diversification for my readings.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) It's a great list!


message 7: by Derya (last edited Dec 22, 2010 12:47PM) (new)

Derya "She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I loved her that she did pity them."

Thus, one of Othello's themes is obviously love. Yet, as you've clearly pointed it out, it's not only about pure love. The plot is enriched with many major & minor themes such as; jealousy and revenge. Well, it's Shakespeare! His works are never based on, or shape with a single theme.


message 8: by Serena (new)

Serena Anderlini yes, and of course the is the theme of racism and racial crossings too, Othello is a "Moor" which in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance was a euphemism for the darker skin tone of people from North Africa, who were also Muslims. Shakespare's English lends itself very well to encoding this, with the word "fair" meaning 'just,' 'beautiful,' 'blonde,' and 'pale skinned,' all in one word! (It's the only language I know where such an 'unfair' word, as it were, even exists.) No coincidence, in this context, is the Bard's description of his "two loves" in the sonnet sequence, the 'fair young man,' and the 'woman coloured ill.'
Thanks for the posting and the attention to this list.
Namaste


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl How is "Our Daily Meds" about love?


message 10: by BookLovingLady (last edited Aug 21, 2015 09:07AM) (new)

BookLovingLady J wrote: "But there is no poetry book in this category..."

Isn't there? I would certainly consider Love Poems and Sonnets (#6) poetry....

By the way, I noticed your comment on another Listopia as well. Seems to me you are just promoting your own work... Yuk.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells Serena wrote: "right, is Othello really about love? more about jealousy and fear."

I agree.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. I thought Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality was about monkey sex and NOT about love. Love originated with knights and their fair ladies which they loved from afar. Love is something more than sex IMO!


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