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The Sharp Hook of Love: A Novel of Heloise and Abelard
Nov 15, 2014
** spoiler alert ** Mon Dieu, this book is terrible. Being a Francophile, I am familiar with the legend of Heloise and Abelard, the original pair of star-crossed lovers. Their story is told in a few letters that they wrote in old age which contain beautiful, beautiful passages even if I find the whole story far-fetched. So I was interested to read a fictionalized account of how their grand passion started. My first complaint with this book (which I did not finish), is that Heloise is reduced to brain-dead teenager. According to history, Heloise was the most famous female scholar of her time, renowned throughout Europe for her brilliance, and an accomplished physician. Here, it's a wonder she can string two sentences together. She "falls in love" with her new tudor, Abelard, who seems to only desire her for her beauty from the beginning. I would share what Abelard taught the great Heloise, but in this book it appears to only be sadism. (If I wanted to read Fifty Shades of Gray, I would.) And then he rapes her! And we're supposed to believe that - I am not making this up - that no sooner does she wake up and realize that she is being raped by drunken man that she starts to enjoy it and falls even deeper in love with him! I know that in the original letters there a line that suggests Abelard did rape Heloise. However, it's open to debate, which has been very vigorous. So, as a author, you want to write the one of the world's greatest love stories, and you decide to use this version of events? How is that acceptable, let alone romantic and loving?
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November 14, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 15, 2014 – Shelved