Pascal Bruckner The Paradox of Love

ISBN 13: 9780691149141

The Paradox of Love

3.73 avg rating
( 274 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780691149141: The Paradox of Love

The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth control, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, greater equality between the sexes, women's massive entry into the workforce, and more tolerance of homosexuality. But as Pascal Bruckner, one of France's leading writers, argues in this lively and provocative reflection on the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules--without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the demand for fidelity, the war between constancy and inconstancy. It is no wonder that love, sex, and relationships today are so confusing, so difficult, and so paradoxical.


Drawing on history, politics, psychology, literature, pop culture, and current events, this book--a best seller in France--exposes and dissects these paradoxes. With his customary brilliance and wit, Bruckner traces the roots of sexual liberation back to the Enlightenment in order to explain love's supreme paradox, epitomized by the 1960s oxymoron of "free love": the tension between freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our sex lives fail to live up to such liberated ideals, we have traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: "Our parents lied about their morality," Bruckner writes, but "we lie about our immorality.?


Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, when it comes to love, we should side neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. Rather, taking love and ourselves as we are, we should realize that love makes no progress and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure and glory.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:


"Pascal Bruckner is one of the most original, and least academic, of the new French philosophers. He has a mordant wit, a feeling for the pregnant sentence, and his dissection of the myths of romantic love--too elegantly done to be called a 'deconstruction'--is ideal reading for lovers of paradox, and even for those still in love with love's paradox."--Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and The Table Comes First


About the Author:

Pascal Bruckner is the award-winning author of many books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Bitter Moon, which was made into a film by Roman Polanski. Bruckner's nonfiction books include Perpetual Euphoria (Princeton) and The Tyranny of Guilt.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Pascal Bruckner
Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J. (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
bookseller e.g.Wolfgang Risch
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. New. Bookseller Inventory # 000053

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Pascal Bruckner
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth control, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, greater equality between the sexes, women s massive entry into the workforce, and more tolerance of homosexuality. But as Pascal Bruckner, one of France s leading writers, argues in this lively and provocative reflection on the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules--without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the demand for fidelity, the war between constancy and inconstancy. It is no wonder that love, sex, and relationships today are so confusing, so difficult, and so paradoxical. Drawing on history, politics, psychology, literature, pop culture, and current events, this book--a best seller in France--exposes and dissects these paradoxes. With his customary brilliance and wit, Bruckner traces the roots of sexual liberation back to the Enlightenment in order to explain love s supreme paradox, epitomized by the 1960s oxymoron of free love : the tension between freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our sex lives fail to live up to such liberated ideals, we have traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: Our parents lied about their morality, Bruckner writes, but we lie about our immorality.? Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, when it comes to love, we should side neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. Rather, taking love and ourselves as we are, we should realize that love makes no progress and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure and glory. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Pascal Bruckner
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth control, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, greater equality between the sexes, women s massive entry into the workforce, and more tolerance of homosexuality. But as Pascal Bruckner, one of France s leading writers, argues in this lively and provocative reflection on the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules--without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the demand for fidelity, the war between constancy and inconstancy. It is no wonder that love, sex, and relationships today are so confusing, so difficult, and so paradoxical. Drawing on history, politics, psychology, literature, pop culture, and current events, this book--a best seller in France--exposes and dissects these paradoxes. With his customary brilliance and wit, Bruckner traces the roots of sexual liberation back to the Enlightenment in order to explain love s supreme paradox, epitomized by the 1960s oxymoron of free love : the tension between freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our sex lives fail to live up to such liberated ideals, we have traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: Our parents lied about their morality, Bruckner writes, but we lie about our immorality. Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, when it comes to love, we should side neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. Rather, taking love and ourselves as we are, we should realize that love makes no progress and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure and glory. Bookseller Inventory # AAU9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Bruckner, Pascal
Published by Princeton University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2012. Book Condition: New. 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought. The author argues that the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules - without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements. Translator(s): Randall, Steven. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: HPQ; HPS; JHBK5. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 221 x 148 x 22. Weight in Grams: 436. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Bruckner, Pascal
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. Book Condition: New. 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought. The author argues that the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules - without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements. Translator(s): Randall, Steven. Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: HPQ; HPS; JHBK5. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 221 x 148 x 22. Weight in Grams: 436. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Pascal Bruckner
Published by Princeton University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0691149143

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Pascal Bruckner, Steven Randall, Richard J. Golsan
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Paradox of Love, Pascal Bruckner, Steven Randall, Richard J. Golsan, The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth control, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, greater equality between the sexes, women's massive entry into the workforce, and more tolerance of homosexuality. But as Pascal Bruckner, one of France's leading writers, argues in this lively and provocative reflection on the contradictions of modern love, our new freedoms have also brought new burdens and rules--without, however, wiping out the old rules, emotions, desires, and arrangements: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the demand for fidelity, the war between constancy and inconstancy. It is no wonder that love, sex, and relationships today are so confusing, so difficult, and so paradoxical. Drawing on history, politics, psychology, literature, pop culture, and current events, this book--a best seller in France--exposes and dissects these paradoxes. With his customary brilliance and wit, Bruckner traces the roots of sexual liberation back to the Enlightenment in order to explain love's supreme paradox, epitomized by the 1960s oxymoron of "free love": the tension between freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our sex lives fail to live up to such liberated ideals, we have traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: "Our parents lied about their morality," Bruckner writes, but "we lie about our immorality." Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, when it comes to love, we should side neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. Rather, taking love and ourselves as we are, we should realize that love makes no progress and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes are not merely the sources of its pain--but also of its pleasure and glory. Bookseller Inventory # B9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.39
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Bruckner, Pascal
Published by Princeton University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2012. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # BB-9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.16
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Pascal Bruckner, Steven Randall, Richard Golsan
Published by Princeton University Press 2012-02-03, Princeton, N.J. |Woodstock (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press 2012-02-03, Princeton, N.J. |Woodstock, 2012. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Pascal Bruckner
Published by Princeton University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0691149143 ISBN 13: 9780691149141
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2012. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # EH9780691149141

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.57
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book