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Has marriage for love failed? / Pascal Bruckner ; translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal.

Bruckner, Pascal. (Author). Rendall, Steven (Added Author). Neal, Lisa. (Added Author).
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New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 306.81 BRUC (Text) 39231032712818 Adult Non-fiction Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0745669786
  • ISBN: 9780745669786
  • Physical Description: xi, 87 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: English ed.
  • Publisher: Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Published first in French as Le mariage d'amour, a-t-il échoué?, Grasset, 2010.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
The catastrophe of the wedding night -- Divorce, a 'Judaic poison' -- The nuptial utopia -- From forbidden love to obligatory love -- The pathologies of the ideal -- Honey and Hemlock -- The round of disappointed lovers -- Towards separation in a state of euphoria? -- A ministry of broken hearts? -- An agony amidst glory -- The librating tradition -- Restoring reason to sentiment -- Together, separated -- The defeat of Prometheus.
Summary, etc.:
Today we like to think that marriage is a free choice based on love: that we freely choose whom to marry and that we do so, not so much for survival or social advantage, but for love. The invention of marriage for love inverted the old relationship between love and marriage. In the past, marriage was sacred, and love, if it existed at all, was a consequence of marriage; today, love is sacred and marriage is secondary. But now marriage appears to be becoming increasingly superfluous. For the past forty years or so, the number of weddings has been declining, the number of divorces exploding and the number of unmarried individuals and couples growing, while single-parent families are becoming more numerous. Love has triumphed over marriage but now it is destroying it from inside?
Subject: Love.

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