October 01, 1979 12:00 PM

by Jill Tweedie

Tossing away the rose-colored glasses, this award-winning British journalist cold-bloodedly examines the nature of love through the ages. She analyzes, for instance, the love exhibited by Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun, and Charlie Manson groupie Susan Atkins: “Such women are pet dogs, unaware of the grisly work done during the day by the masters who caress them at night. Or, if reluctantly made aware, too staunch, too steadfast in love’s name to blame or judge.” Tweedie also questions the function of marriage: “Monogamy as we know it today—sacrosanct, heterosexual, reproductive, life-long—no longer adequately fulfills either the individuals concerned or the society.” It’s a lively, thought-provoking first book, and of interest to those who have experienced love, have spent a lifetime looking for it, can’t live without it and can’t live with it. (Pantheon, $8.95)

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