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Books for love and marriage

In the February 10-11 Wall Street Journal, author Barbara Dafoe Whitehead suggested five books about love and marriage for Valentine’s Day.

Elegy for Iris by John Bayley
John Bayley fell in love with Irish Murdoch when he saw her riding her bicycle past his window. “Amid a life dramatically altered by Iris’s decline, Bayley’s memory protects her dignity and redeems their marriage.”

Middlemarch by George Eliot
“Interweaving themes of love and work, it is a meditation on the freedom to choose – and the moral consequences of choosing wrongly. . .This novel of marital disappointment leads. . .to hope."

Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage by Mary Soames
It would be an understatement to say that Clementine’s marriage to Winston was demanding. “I reproach myself for many shortcomings,” he once wrote to her. “You are a rock & I depend on you & rest on you.”

Commentators thought Pride and Prejudice should have been on the list because Jane Austen gives examples of good and bad marriages, and suggests how character affects marriage.

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