In this book, Stedhal attempts to analyze the phenomenon of love. I'd highly recommend it to any fans of Proust, as it presents many of the ideas which were more completely and satisfyingly developed in novel form in _Remembrance of Things Past._ The first half of the book contains the meat of Stendhal's ideas, which I found very interesting. However, the second part, in which Stedhal attempts to give examples of his ideas, was uniteresting and would have been better left out. Stedhal spends a lot of time discussing the particular ways that different nationalities approach love. Perhaps a European reader might find this parade of national stereotypes interesting, but I thought the second half of the book was tedious and didn't add anything to the ideas developed in the first part.