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by Louisa Klein

Lost in Romance continues with a great review by Susan Ortlieb, blogger at http://www.sukosnotebook.net/ Visit this blog, you won’t regret it!
 
*Lost in Romance: Much Ado About Loving*
Just in the in time for Valentine’s Day, I read a book that covers
everything you always wanted to know about love, romance, and yes, sex, but
were afraid to ask.
 
Published in 2012,  *Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can
Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the
Time of Internet Personals*, is a compact book of about 200 pages, by
writers Jack Murninghan and Maura Kelly, who are also advice columnists and
book lovers.  *Much Ado About Loving* takes an honest and in-depth look at
questions about love, romance, and sex, using classic literature as a
source of answers to many of the perplexing questions surrounding love and
romance.  I think most of us struggle with these questions and issues at
least some of the time, whether we’re married or single, straight or gay,
male or female. *Much Ado About Loving* attempts to answer questions and
concerns such as “are relationship that start with wild passion doomed?”,
and “are men genetically coded to cheat”? In the span of 31 chapters, the
authors take turns writing about various topics, using examples from
literature to illustrate their words.
 
When I first started reading this book, I worried that the book might
become too depressing for me. Whereas ignorance is bliss, too much honesty
can be an absolute downer at times, and I found some of the early chapters
by Maura Kelly a bit depressing, although she’s consistently funny.
 
“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
~Ben Franklin, *Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738*
 
I’m married, and I do think you need to focus on the good points of your
spouse, as much as possible, and not dwell on the negative aspects of
marriage, if you want it to last. The book (indirectly) tells us to keep
our eyes wide open before and during marriage (or any romantic
relationship). Help!
 
Fortunately, though, these skilled writers charmed me and I enjoyed much of
the book; the writing is sharp yet unpretentious, personal, entertaining,
and down-to-earth. The authors have created a very clever book about love,
using classic novels to entertain and enlighten.  What’s even better still
is that the book entices me to read works of literature such *Light in
August* by Faulkner and *The Brothers Karamazov* by Dostoevsky, and other
classic novels by authors such as Tolstoy, Proust, Miller, and Hemingway.
While the authors admit that their own love lives have been rocky (and
interesting, I might add!), their love of literature shines through.
Although Maura is not a huge fan of Jane Austen, she uses her work to
discuss marriage, and the enthusiasm the authors have for the majority of
the books they discuss is outstanding.  I’ve added a few novels to my
to-be-read list.  What more could a book blogger ask for?

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