Any man or woman who wants to hear nothing or no about love should put this book downAnna and Louise could be sisters, but they don t know each other They are both married with children, and for the most part, they are happy On almost the same day, Anna, a psychiatrist, crosses paths with Yves, a writer, while Louise, a lawyer, meets Anna s analyst, Thomas Love at first sight is still possible for those into their forties and long married But when you have already mapped out a life path, a passionate affair can come at a high price For our four characters, their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down by the deliciously inconvenient arrival of love For Anna, meeting Yves has brought a flurry of excitement to her life and made her question her values, her reliable husband, and her responsibilities to her children For Louise, a successful career woman in a stable and comfortable marriage, her routine is uprooted by the youthful passion she feels for Thomas Thought provoking, sophisticated, and, above all, amusing, Enough About Love captures the euphoria of desire through tender and unflinching portraits of husbands, wives, and lovers


10 thoughts on “Enough about Love

  1. Kelly Kelly says:

    Okay, so if you all missed Elizabeth s first installment of this drunk review then you should probably start there I have decided in the wake of her drunken brilliance BRILLANCE that I can only cover what I feel to be The Drunken Review The Recast Lost Footage And by the Lost Footage, I of course, mean that we are trying to redeem our reputations on national television after we turned over the table and screamed prostitute whore at this book No I will not explain that housewivesofne Okay, so if you all missed Elizabeth s first installment of this drunk review then you should probably start there I have decided in the wake of her drunken brilliance BRILLANCE that I can only cover what I feel to be The Drunken Review The Recast Lost Footage And by the Lost Footage, I of course, mean that we are trying to redeem our reputations on national television after we turned over the table and screamed prostitute whore at this book No I will not explain that housewivesofnewjersey reference And yes, I feel ashamed for knowing it We didn t mean it We liked it Elizabeth is totally right about that I swear I am going to explain why.Well, one, let s be honest was because of all the vodka and the wine But it was all in the service of DBR so I m going to give us a pass on that.But really, we like this book Here s why, 1 This book was actually quite complex In exploring the every day experience of love and desire, the author often separated out his chapters into pairs of characters who were in love, or connected by love to another character He was excellent in depicting the shifting geometry of the whole shifting dance We discussed that maybe this could be condemned as a total Hollywood rom com, but the author did everything possible to save it from that, including a really good job depicting the mindset of the mens around the place Elizabeth I felt like Yves the author stand in was the only one who understood love at all, maybe Stan, and that the ending was just him mocking us, and particularly Anna, of that I think he wrote it after a bad break up.me I d believe that However, I defend his depiction of Stan.I think he really got inside his head and dealt with the realistic questions of a man who is in love with his wife and doesn t want to leave her.Elizabeth I liked Stan I did want him to punch someone though.me he fucked someone instead.Elizabeth yeah, well, he is french.I think he really did well with the menme yes Yves is pretty sympathetic I did not like Thomas.but I definitely know that guy.Damnit, okay, so this sounds like why we hate things about men here again, but I swear it isn t I think the author did not make his characters sympathetic, but he had two women going, OH, THAT GUY, so I think that he s really not that far off, right I went further and talked about his psychological depiction of the white knight complex of men who only want to rescue people like the long dead heroine of Thomas heart Even after he s in love with someone else his life decision revolve around this completely unhealthy person who needed to test his love by almost jumping off a cliff But we only find out the whole story at the very very end Le Tellier shows us how much is hidden from view, despite whatever we might try Elizabeth What I mean, the author popping in and out with all the discussion of writing books by the characters really made it seem to me like there were two levels we were looking at the love stories, the level of the characters and the level of the author and what it meant to write about love It reminded me a lot of SNOW for that reason.me Cool parallel But in Snow didn t we get the sense that everything was unreliable That the translation through a translation was only and ever a myth I felt like here it was omnipotent and movie like in its documentary we see what we see.Elizabeth hmm it s unreliable here too We heard about the pregnancy scare of Anna only as a passing remark in the past tense when everything else had been present tense We realize there is a lot we weren t being told.me Oooh, that s true.Elizabeth The tenses were really fascinating.me I totally agree trying to co opt the audience into the action or was it a statement about love, like, this will always be happening or am I getting too french We get tons of characters telling their stories over and over again and we still don t know WTF happened on the last page, not really We find THAT out later There s wheels within wheels within novels within dominoes, and it repeats over again There s no logic to the little vignettes we get of the various relationships going on It s just a scene out of a life which you have to figure out without knowing what anyone said to each other yesterday Which is fun when we get to the part where we find out 40 memories about one of our characters in our novel within a novel Elizabeth I actually lost track of the two women When I was reading the book at the end, the 40 impressions, I forgot which one he was supposed to be writing about.me hahahaha.Anna s the one with the weird Jewish thing Louise is perfect and does not matter at all because she is perfect at least Anna had a neuroses.I actually thought she washuman than Louise.Elizabeth I think they could have been interchangeable Either man could have been with either woman.Okay, goddamnit We both liked that part I swear We did It was sweet He spent time talking about their trips to restaurants, or her smell in the morning, or okay, her red lacy special underwear, but still Yves wrote down forty times that he loved Anna, and was unashamed about talking about why, straightforwardly, and sincerely and even sat there while she read this little book he created just for her about how great she was even though she kind of wasn t It was this really sweet rhythm where not even pussy could interrupt the flow As Elizabeth has already pointed out, I think Not sure, I m a little drunk we were confused about the insertion of pussy into this lovely French world of love and L AMOUR But we liked this Why is this proving so hard to justify I thought this would be easy.Well There is always its accessibility Elizabeth decided to spare you all ie, spare me my humiliation in our bad movies from the 90s conversation But I will TOTALLY not, because I have far less shame than she and also deserve to be publically castigated for the travesty that follows So yeah Very accessible This author drew from all sources possible, I maintain Me did you notice the part where Yves quoted Clueless It happened Elizabeth no.Where me So there s the part at the beginning where he talks about all these questions he comes up with while jsut wandering, thinking his deep writerly thoughts and one of these deep questions is I know you can be overwhelmed, and underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed Elizabeth oh rightme which is like, verbatim, out of Clueless Which I think was unintentional.and therefore evenhilariousElizabeth That was in 10 Things I Hate about You.me.wow.Elizabeth me i remembered ditzy teenagers.Elizabeth Gabrielle Union says it.I know my shakespeare adapations.me OMG I can t believe I got the wrong teenage movie.Elizabeth they re really all the same.me I am so ashamed.I think I lose my American passport or something I was just wrong about what teenaged movies that draw from classic sources he was inspired by AKA, Elizabeth owns me at 90s movies AND Virginia Woolf Just unfair Either way, Frenchmen love American teenagers and find them deeply insightful into the clich s of love and life they observe, which I feel is the important point here Hear that teenagers Stop wearing black and smoking up while reading Sartre you don t have to try that hard Just throw on someglitter and sassy soundtracks and you re fine Or at least, you are with this author who loves him some younger women Just like certain other great authors of our not acquaintance coughPamukcough Elizabeth did you see Moira s post of a picture of him and some young woman at the beach That makes me think of Thomas and Louise here and Le Tellier and Sarah to whom he dedicated this book.me yesyesyesyesewElizabeth This book has that weird feeling of being completely accurate and complete fantasy.me you know he wrote a book just before this or just after it about an aging writer in love with a young woman he follows to Ireland who is in love with someone else Elizabeth Is that him I thought that was someone else.me Nope, it s him Fuck, why do we sound like we hate this novel AGAIN Why is this the most negative review of a book that we ve both actually liked Please, explain, booze I hold you responsible I didn t even talk about the hugely icky part that randomly talks about Jews and the Holocaust like it is an acceptable discourse of justification for adultery For real, there s a part where the woman is literally like He s not Jewish, so he s so not part of my world He doesn t go to synagogue, so I m totally not breaking my vows Also, Jews and Christians are so essentially different that I can t imagine a future with him anyway just fucking Because that s a productive way to imagine relations between conflicting groups Goddamnit Again But what about his depiction of women Elizabeth and I clearly agreed that he had some issues with his idealization hating on women by reducing them to a few character traits However, the real problem was that there were apparently no other women who existed in the world of each woman At all Ever Like, not even a salesgirl, or a mistress hooker for when their lover hadn t seen them in a few days Me The only time we saw women in a room with each other was with Anna and her mom in that one scene where yves came to pick her up.Elizabeth sorry, it was also about what they like in bed He was sure to point out that Anna liked to be bit.me And then it was about how women agree that there are different kinds of shoes.Elizabeth Anna and Louise are in the botique at the same time, shopping.me Oh right There is that 30 seconds.Elizabeth Oh WHAT THE FUCK was it about when Anna breaks up with her lover and then 30 seconds later buys a new outfit me Um, she s the shallow one Didn t he underline that enough for you with her liking clothes Clearly that is the only reason she didn t leave her husband.Elizabeth and, right, when I m cursing in all caps, it s novodka for me.me God Maybe he needs to reference the Holocausta gain for you And hot dresses.hahahaha I m totally getting another glass of wine.Elizabeth you go me Okay though seriously Anna got hit with the weird jewish thing AND the clothes obsession Is his point that only shallow women don t leave their husbands I don t get it.Fuck it, I give up Elizabeth and I are clearly a tough crowd What is it going to be like when we review a book that we DON T like Stay tuned, intrepid viewers.We clearly had wayfun discussing this than the novel could ever be Everyone should definitely read this And smile And twirl around in a dress that feels French with large sunglasses and then smile at each other That s kind of the way to read this one And then talk about postmodernism, the real French translation, and trainers It all makes sense in context I promise So does Hevre Le Tellier I think


  2. jeremy jeremy says:

    herv le tellier s fiction, like that of his oulipo brethren, is based on the use of literary constraint of the french writer s three works yet translated into english, enough about love most closely resembles a proper novel with abundant charm, le tellier relates the lives of four individuals encumbered by a middle aged malcontentedness that yields easily to amorous, extramarital activity while le tellier never explicitly states the constraints employed in the work s construction, one of his herv le tellier s fiction, like that of his oulipo brethren, is based on the use of literary constraint of the french writer s three works yet translated into english, enough about love most closely resembles a proper novel with abundant charm, le tellier relates the lives of four individuals encumbered by a middle aged malcontentedness that yields easily to amorous, extramarital activity while le tellier never explicitly states the constraints employed in the work s construction, one of his characters, himself an author, outlines his own idea for a book that mirrors the format of enough about love yves wants to write a novel around six characters he will associate each of them with the numbers on dominoes, with the blank applying to a secondary character, though never the same one the novel will reproduce the trajectory of a game of abkhazian dominoes every double played will give rise to a chapter with just one character, a tile with two different numbers to a chapter with two characters, very occasionally three if one of them says and does nothing yves s novel will be called abkhazian dominoes , but nothing about its structure will be explained to the reader particularly as yves ends up never entirely respecting his own rules. we are thus treated to a glimpse of le tellier s methods, espying the scaffolding upon which the book was built later on, as we follow the ensuing doubts and double dealings, the games are brought to a head as the characters are faced with decisions affectingthan their mere love lives enough about love is an alluring story, despite its few forays into pedestrian philosophizing about the nature of romance and relationships le tellier is an imaginative writer, and his works are often intriguingly composed as each of his three books available in english differ so greatly from one another, any new le tellier translation would be a welcomed gift to readers, as one never really quite knows what to expect from the frenchman s books, save, of course, for abundant creativity and charm i measure the scope of your declaration it s not the emergency itself you re talking about here, but the requirement for truthfulness that emergencies demand of us all at once i grasp for something else, between the lines that, with me, you would leave the serenity of an illusory eternity where your days are not counted, for an unreliable world in which they are illness would finally launch you into that world where time actually passes i understand what it is that i give you, it s being afraid.


  3. Rissa Rissa says:

    Enough about love was very descriptive which was a good thing but also not You get all the details, every single detail it was a bit much at times but other times i was able to picture the room and the people and felt like i was transported into the book.


  4. switterbug (Betsey) switterbug (Betsey) says:

    Thomas loves Louise, a lawyer Louise is married to Romain, a scientist Louise loves Thomas Yves, a writer, loves Anna Anna, a psychiatrist, loves Yves, a man she found unsettling Anna is married to Stan, an ophthalmologist Thomas is Anna s psychoanalyst No, this isn t an LSAT logic problem or a torrid soap opera These are the characters that comprise Le Tellier s urbane, au courant Paris comedy, a droll romp that is nevertheless intimate and complex within the playful pages It s packe Thomas loves Louise, a lawyer Louise is married to Romain, a scientist Louise loves Thomas Yves, a writer, loves Anna Anna, a psychiatrist, loves Yves, a man she found unsettling Anna is married to Stan, an ophthalmologist Thomas is Anna s psychoanalyst No, this isn t an LSAT logic problem or a torrid soap opera These are the characters that comprise Le Tellier s urbane, au courant Paris comedy, a droll romp that is nevertheless intimate and complex within the playful pages It s packed with contagious quotes that you want to spread Everyone should have analysis It should be compulsory, like military service used to be Or, let s say you are jealous of a woman and want to share a canny reproach with a friend She sees herself as slim, lives being slim as synonymous with being rigorous Gaining weight, she is convinced, is always a lapse Lots of light, saucy bon mots flash through this story, but there are small earthquakes that convulse now and then At 228 pages and 51 short chapters and an epilogue , most chapters are structured in pairs, such as Thomas and Louise and Anna and Yves, alluding to couples, as well as Abkhazian dominoes, a game that is close to Yves heart He is a writer who has readers, but not a true readership He may obscure himself further by titling his next novel after that titular game.Throughout the wry novel, the coupling and uncoupling of husbands, wives, and lovers overlap and cross, and sometimes meet The themes and ideas may be common but the characters are genuine and close The dialog is inspired, not prepared or clich d The prose slides creamily off the tongue, like a filled croissant, and is peppered with paradox and the double entendre, pointed aphorisms and learned allusions And life can be turned into aphorisms, instructs Thomas to his patient, Anna, as a way of fixing life into words what attracts us about another person has hadto do with what makes them fragileLove is kindled by the weakness we perceive, the flaw we get in through, wouldn t you say There s a gravitas that manifests subtly, an accretion of observations and details that examine love from every curve and angle You can visualize this dialog heavy book as a film, or a play There is no way not to compare Le Tellier to the best of Woody Allen a little bit Lubitsch, a little bit Jewish, some Annie Hall, some Stardust Memories, a profusion of Freud But this is French, and you will imagine that you are walking through Jardin du Luxembourg or running across the Quai des Grands Augustins on a grey, Paris day It s eclectic, though, with American as well as other infusions The savvy prose serves up a savory atmosphere, drifting through outdoor caf s and public squares Some of the time, though, you are indoors, near a bookcase, and often a bedCultural icons, such as Fran ois Truffaut, are included, not just as a reference, but as meaning to the story at hand Thomas emails Louise, after they first meet, that doesn t a scene in Stolen Kisses anticipate the future of email But the scene he shares, in detail, is the buttering of his desires.There is even a postmodernish, double column chapter on one side is Yves dry, but increasingly inventive lecture of the word foreign, with emphasis on the fact that the French have only one word for it, l etranger Juxtaposed on the other side is the cuckolded Stan, seated in the back row, agonized in a stream of invective consciousness The linguistic stunt work by the author isthan a showcase it concludes in a probing, poignant place of alarm and discovery.The characters in these triangular love affairs share universal elements sex and death, guilt and virtue, grief and ecstasy, illusion and certainty, passion and ennui And, of course, love But enough about love.Eminent credit goes to Adriana Hunter for her luminous translation from the French


  5. Holly Holly says:

    So you know what it s like where you re browsing the library s New Releases shelf even though you have 500 books on your nightstand already and you notice a couple of new titles you d probably never purchase but one is a novel by an author you ve heard of but never read and the other is that quintessential French novel of the season with the provocative premise and the promise of being witty and luminous, and you could really use something witty and luminous because you need a respite fr So you know what it s like where you re browsing the library s New Releases shelf even though you have 500 books on your nightstand already and you notice a couple of new titles you d probably never purchase but one is a novel by an author you ve heard of but never read and the other is that quintessential French novel of the season with the provocative premise and the promise of being witty and luminous, and you could really use something witty and luminous because you need a respite from working all week on the scholarly study of misogyny in the Middle Ages so you decide what the hell I ll take these and give them a shot and maybe I ll be impressed and pleased and gratified Yep When I began reading the first novel Graham Joyce s The Silent Hand I was so disappointed by the prose I had virtually no inclination to read beyond the second page To wit He cruised to an elegant stop beside her Jake had close cropped black hair and baby blue peepers that she d fallen in love with instantly, even if his large ears had taken her a little longer The baby blue peepers I simply cannot abide, and a quick skim of other pages revealedof the same I read between the lines of the hardcover s sole blurb and realized that no, Jonathan Lethem hadn t been praising the writing at all.So when I pick up the other novel, Herve Le Tellier s Enough About Love, I am already possessed of that stingy feeling of requiring a book to prove it s worth to me Immediately I find the syntaxinteresting and the telling less direct, calling on me to do a littlework as a reader I can detect promises of literary ingenuity that might not be showy and shallow But then, before page 20, a character at a friggin cocktail party shamelessly tosses off a disturbing and horrifying story about a Romanian pimp s act of unimaginable violence and cruelty an anecdote so vile I couldn t get it out of my mind for hours and this story is told so blithely as to seem gratuitous It s immediately followed by the partygoer s pretty flick of her hand as she pushes a drooping lock of hair and then flirtatious, coy banter on another topic I just didn t trust Le Tellier after that point I kept reading, though, and soon grew weary of the urbane, pretentious, smartly dressed, vapid, adulterous Parisians and I m bored with the assumption that all educated people are in psychotherapy I did read to the end,or less, but with growing apathy if not outright disdain C est la vie.


  6. Lolly K Dandeneau Lolly K Dandeneau says:

    This wasn t your usual love story There is mature love, jealous love, love that continues to change The love triangles merge into each other, and we see insidethan just one character and how they are effected by love, by extramarital affairs, by age I have read reviews that say the women were too much alike in the novel and I have to say I agree The women should have been better developed This story reads a bit like a play I loved it though, I loved the thought of people thinking lov This wasn t your usual love story There is mature love, jealous love, love that continues to change The love triangles merge into each other, and we see insidethan just one character and how they are effected by love, by extramarital affairs, by age I have read reviews that say the women were too much alike in the novel and I have to say I agree The women should have been better developed This story reads a bit like a play I loved it though, I loved the thought of people thinking love was done with them to discover love comes regardless of the chronology of our hearts


  7. Julie Christine Julie Christine says:

    To appreciate this novel is to understand that it is written with Gallic sense and sensibility That is to say, it is not a linear story with a predictable arc that reaches a climax and culminates in a resolution In substance and style it is a novel of process, of conversation, of debate It is, like the culture which it represents, maddening, thoughtful, intriguing, and seductive To enjoy this novel is to not expect a romance or a comedy for it is not but to delight in the romantic or comed To appreciate this novel is to understand that it is written with Gallic sense and sensibility That is to say, it is not a linear story with a predictable arc that reaches a climax and culminates in a resolution In substance and style it is a novel of process, of conversation, of debate It is, like the culture which it represents, maddening, thoughtful, intriguing, and seductive To enjoy this novel is to not expect a romance or a comedy for it is not but to delight in the romantic or comedic moments when they occur To read this novel is to be reminded that none of us truly knows another s marriage, even that of a close friend, a sibling, or a colleague with whom you spendtime than your own spouse Enough About Love is a perfect title It sound like a command, as in Enough, already or Let s not talk about it any It could be the plea of psychoanalyst Thomas Le Gall, who pays off a small villa in Italy by listening to the angst ridden memories and confessions of his patients It could be the irritated and guilty brush off of stunning Anna Stein, a just forty psychiatrist and mother of two, to her husband, the devoted Stanislaus It could be the impatient demand of lithe Louise Blum, hot shot attorney, as she instructs her husband, biologist Romain Vidal, on the fine art of speech delivery It could be the jaded sigh of esoteric writer Yves Janvier, disagreeing with the suggestion that his next novel should have love in the title, to attractreaders These characters lives intersect whether in a therapist s office, in a cafe, on a sidewalk, or in a bed, the smallest ripples of chance force waves of change By meeting, they are each compelled to examine their belief in love and where it diverges from passion or converges on friendship Le Tellier manages to make you care about characters whose lives are vastly removed from most These are exceptionally attractive, successful, well read, well bred Parisians conditions that are determined by birth into France s upper middle class, largely unavailable even to the hardest working The women live up to the impossible French notion of the ideal woman she who brings home the bacon, fries it up in pan, and never lets Monsieur forget he s a man The men are alloweddiversity a paunch in the belly, a thinning pate, weaker of character and of heart For this I fault the male and the French in Le Tellier and the American in me Perhaps his French readers expect no less I weary of female characters whose physical perfection turns them into caricatures.Le Tellier, through his intellectual elite characters, also brings out the question of Jewish identity and French remorse and guilt about the treatment of Jews in France during the Second World War At times it is poignant, at times shocking how contemporary France embraces and rejects its Jewish past and present Considering the style of Enough About Love There is enough conventional novel structure to seduce you into a story of love and infidelity But anticipate being walked through a maze of literary flourishes a chapter that is one long inventory of Anna s clothing purchases a speech and a internal dialogue that run simultaneously for several pages, mirroring a game of Abkhazian dominoes a game that takes on a life of its own within the story a love sonnet comprised of forty distinct memories All aspects conventional and odd are delivered by an anonymous and omniscient narrator that is so close to the characters innermost identities it borders on theintimate second person narrative This is a quick read, but it is not light There is a beautiful economy of words that is so quintessentially French I commend the translator Adriana Hunter for the conveying the precision and clarity of the French language in the rich and muddled mess of English Someday I will have the courage and time to tackle reading anOulipowork in French Le Tellier has been anOulipomember for some twenty years Enough About Love would be an encouraging place to start There is enough familiar and straightforward storytelling to ease into theOulipoexperimental methods


  8. Mojgan Mojgan says:

    I liked the author s style of story tellingthis book was a light enjoyable read.There is a short number of character s involved 6 main characters and the author spends adequate time to explore them Spoiler alert I really liked when the idea that Yves has for his next book, kinda turns out to be the book that we are reading.that was neat


  9. Maggie Maggie says:

    If you re in your 30s 40s and you loved Eat Pray Love, huzzah, this is the book for you Unfortunately, that is not me and I felt little connection to the book or the characters If you re in your 30s 40s and you loved Eat Pray Love, huzzah, this is the book for you Unfortunately, that is not me and I felt little connection to the book or the characters


  10. Edwin Lang Edwin Lang says:

    I enjoyed the book and enjoyed all the characters too I found the story well stated mathematically precise and creatively written a book difficult to put down and one that s deep and worthy and memorable.The story centers primarily around two women, unrelated and approaching 40 one, very conservative, traditional, filled with mid life angst the other has had affairs before All the book s characters seem to be upper middle class, and for the most part, endowed, educated, successful and p I enjoyed the book and enjoyed all the characters too I found the story well stated mathematically precise and creatively written a book difficult to put down and one that s deep and worthy and memorable.The story centers primarily around two women, unrelated and approaching 40 one, very conservative, traditional, filled with mid life angst the other has had affairs before All the book s characters seem to be upper middle class, and for the most part, endowed, educated, successful and pretty well lacking little At the beginning of the story I felt considerable anger at the seeming superficiality of their lives or as a male protagonist quoted there are some works so luminous that they fill us with shame for the meagre life to which we are resigned I also wondered why the author had chosen upper middle class characters, who seemed to have had it all Was it because they didn t in spite of appearances It left one wondering if they weren t all just spoilt and undisciplined, and whether the book had enough elegance to be made into a slick love story Or was it to reassure us who perhaps don t have it all that we are all, all of us, simply humans in need Both my initial annoyance and distrust passed, and even on a 2nd read, the story retained its vibrancy I sympathized with all the characters, even the minor ones, liking them and appreciating their plight Each of the characters we met in the story seemed to be likeable and good people, and each has a vulnerability, a chink in their armour through which we can see them and like them.I also enjoyed the many observations, many of which were insightful and some of which were chilling The adventurous life that will have required many transgressions a husband wronged I know I let the magic slip away, it s my fault, all the laziness and routine Why won t she dare to want to fail it seemed that success is frequently becomes a prison of its own And my favourite, from Pascal I believe but it s a notion of vulnerability that those who for example in L Arche or work with the handicapped know well what attracts me to a person hasto do with what make them fragile, the chink in their armour.One of my favourite chapters was when the author had a cuckolded husband attend a presentation given by his wife s lover, and while narrating what the presenter was saying having us listen in parallel to the husband s thoughts, with them spanning curiosity, anger, envy, regret, confusion and pain One wonders how we take this behaviour so lightly, given the pain it causes I remain troubled by how morally wanting all the characters seemed to have been As if Western civilization has no ethos and no history, as if we wander about almost aimlessly and empty, desiring what another has I wonder if the superb writing only serves to document or maybe even further popularize a winner takes all opportunism It reminds me of the words from a Dolly Parton song which at least on CBC had become popular again under Norah JonesJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JoleneI m begging of you please don t take my manJolene, Jolene, Jolene, JolenePlease don t take him just because you canYou could have your choice of menBut I could never love againHe s the only one for me, JoleneOr, when one character says, and not unkindly but for readers heart wrenchingly sadly It must be me then I know you can leave a man Edwin