Much Ado About Loving

by Jack Murnighan, Maura Kelly | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1451621256 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chefcrossing of Brooklyn, New York USA on 12/6/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by chefcrossing from Brooklyn, New York USA on Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Released in Manhattan.

Journal Entry 2 by chefcrossing at New York City, New York USA on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (1/8/2013 UTC) at New York City, New York USA

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Released as part of a bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I'm claiming this from the Books about books bookbox. I don't need dating advice myself, but I love reading advice columns - go figure...

Anyway, this book makes use of fictional characters and plots as a way to examine the psychology of lovers, whether it's one's own romantic inclinations or somebody else's that are of concern. [Whether anyone can use this in an objective way isn't clear, but it's always fun to talk about books!]

The chapters are along the lines of "Overly Great Expectations", which (obviously) uses Pip and Estella from Dickens' novel to illustrate the perils of painting someone as too perfect in one's imagination, and "Moby Dickheads", on "why workaholics and other obsessives are bad news". And, charmingly, the not-so-bleak Bleak House chapter presents secondary characters the Bagnets as an ideal couple, jumping over several of the main characters.

Interestingly, the two authors don't always agree on the lessons to be found in specific books. They differ strongly on Pride and Prejudice, with Jack convinced that Darcy never does improve sufficiently to be worth Lizzie's affections, so she must be viewing him through "champagne goggles", while Maura, while granting Darcy's very unlikeable behavior early in the book, thinks that both he and Lizzie have adjusted their expectations and behavior suitably by the end of the story.

The authors bring their own romantic history into the book as well, which lets the reader work out just how well their views might match his or her own. And they explain why they're taking specific lessons from certain books, so you can determine whether that makes sense or not. But, overall, the lessons-from-books idea seems most valuable when it encourages people to think about their own situations from outside, and to talk about their concerns. [Also, it'd be more fun when having a marital spat to say "You're such a... Darcy!" instead of a cruder expression {wry grin}.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Market St. (see notes for details) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, August 10, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (8/10/2013 UTC) at Market St. (see notes for details) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I left this book propped up on a railing in the lovely little garden next to the Moffat House at 154 Market St., at about 1; hope the finder enjoys it!

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