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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (Penguin Classics) Paperback – April 27, 2004
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Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Peter Abelard is a far more complicated human being than any artwork could deal. This is a man who was blessed with talent that's so distinctive, born with the charisma that's so appealing, and yet, tormented by the tragedy that's most appalling. The letters included reveal the connections of Abelard and Heloise years after both of them took vow to monastery life. You'd feel that the tragic consequence of their love relationship had created a different Abelard, from whom the words were more focused on his devotion to God and his advice to Heloise on the same subject, also his keenness on his study, and his somewhat apathy towards their previous relationship, for which it could be easily mistaken as selfishness or indifference. But it'd be very unfair to blame Abelard for negligence.Read more ›
The story of Abelard and Heloise is "star-crossed lovers" yarn akin to something out of Shakespeare. This is the story of Peter Abelard, an outstanding scholar from twelfth century France, and Heloise, a beautiful young girl with a reputation for brilliance. Abelard is impressed with her, and manages to talk her uncle into making her his pupil. They fall in love, and eventually are secretly married and have a child. However, Heloise's uncle becomes suspicious of Abelard's motives and has him castrated. Abelard seeks refuge in the monastic life, and insists that Heloise follow his example. In the midst of their hardships, they keep in touch through the letters contained in this book. The letters are beautifully written and really manage to bring the story to life.
And I would just like to add that I don't agree with the reviewers who criticized Abelard. Abelard was a fine man, and there are no real grounds for anyone to suspect him of deceit. Sure, he was reluctant to renew his relationship with Heloise, but that is completely understandable. He had been mutilated, for crying out loud--the guy was humiliated. If he didn't love her, why wouldn't he say so outright? He had nothing to gain from lying. Cut the poor man a break! He was persecuted viciously enough during his lifetime. Do you people really have to keep pecking at him a thousand years after his death? Stop trying to turn a classic love story into an episode of Jerry Springer, okay? Potential readers, please don't let a few overly suspicious critics fool you--the book's demmed good. Buy it now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to read this book for a class and I was so bored by it. It's a bit difficult to follow and isn't set up well but if you like history its alright. Would not read it again.Published 4 months ago by vicky
Great book. Classic literature. Arrived on time, excellent condition.Published 6 months ago by Fernando Formelli
A classic in literature of a love affair gone wrong and its horrific consequences. A collection of letters of the two participants, most of them
much later in their lives. Read more
I really enjoyed reading the letters in this book. When they were writing their letters back and forth, it made me want to read on to see what the response was going to be. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Broadwater
If you like medieval religion and oppression of women and whatnotPublished 6 months ago by john mcfaddin
Keep it in my minivan - our house is surrounded by many railroad tracks, and I get stopped for long periods of time when going to and fro. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LuLu