Happy Valentine's Day! I know from reading everyone's posts this week that love has been on everyone's mind. I figured the subject of love in literature had pretty well been covered but I started to wonder what books might have been overlooked. A lot of books show up on almost every list: Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Notebook, The Time Traveler's Wife and Gone With The Wind. Three works that receive less attention, but provide unique tales of love are:
According the the publisher's blurb, "Sayonara," by James Michener, "tells the story of Major Lloyd Gruver, son of an army general stationed in Japan, dating a general's daughter, and happy with his life. He didn't understand the soldiers who fell in love with Japanese girls. Then he met Hana-ogi. After that nothing mattered anymore. Nothing but her...." I may just have to pick this one up for The Michener Challenge.
"Possession," by A. S. Byatt, is a Man Booker prize winner. It explores the love lives to two present day scholars as they research the romance between Victorian era poets. Amongst readers of Byatt, this one definitely seems to be a favorite.
"Beneath A Marble Sky," by John Shors, "recreates the remarkable lives of those responsible for the Taj Mahal's existence" according to the books website. How can I not want to read about a love so great that it inspired one of the most incredible buildings in the world?
What's your favorite love story ever?