The Paradox of Love

By Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 4
The Noble Challenge of Marriage for Love

To have a proper notion of the abyss of pain in which
women have been forced to live, one has to be or
have been married.

FLORA TRISTAN, Les Pérégrinations d’une paria, 1837

Today, I received two text messages from my
girlfriend. The first to tell me that it was all over, the
second to tell me that she had sent the message to
the wrong address.

On the website Viedemerde.fr, 2008

To find reasons for living, I tried to destroy my
reasons for loving you. To find reasons for loving
you, I lived badly.

PAUL ÉLUARD, La Vie immediate, 1932

In the nineteenth century, an old lady lying on her deathbed in a chateau in Normandy remembers the brilliant years of her youth. At her side, her granddaughter, her blond hair in braids, is reading her the news in the local papers. Nothing but tragic events involving jealousy, a wife who throws vitriol in the face of her husband’s mistress, a shopgirl who

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