Title: A History of the Wife
Author: Margaret Yalom
Publisher: Harper 2002
Genre: Nonfiction - Social Sciences; History
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Reading Assignment; Perpetual - Nonfic Ad
How did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a prerequisite for marriage today? And, if the original purpose of marriage was procreation, what exactly is the purpose of marriage for women now?
A very very very dense social science book but very interesting. I do appreciate Yalom's adherence to detail when examining marriage throughout history. This isn't the most uplifting book, but I was intrigued by the topic and the exploration of the historical record.
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