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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067144784X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671447847
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,019,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A monumental achievement by any standard COSMOPOLITAN Not so much a novel as an act of communication it deals in home truths rather than literary truths... I am Marilyn French's fervent admirer FAY WELDON --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By the author of the groundbreaking feminist novel THE WOMEN'S ROOM, THE BLEEDING HEART is a compelling novel about the devastating power of marriage -- and the unexpected power of love. A love story for and about adults, it speaks to the hearts and minds of women and men everywhere.
Dolores and Victor are both both successful, both Americans living alone in England. They meet and fall instantly in love, only to discover they agree on nothing. From the start they know they have only one year together. Their affair is sometimes bitter, always passionate, and, in the end, an extraordinary revelation for them both.
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And also a compelling, beautifully written novel.
Paula James (pjames@prismnet.com
For me, it read a bit like a handbook for man-hating and the main character/narrator came across as a spoiled and pretentious prat the majority of the time.
Ionia Martin
I began to wish the end would come and that's never a good sign.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JulieS on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book many years ago when my first serious relationship ended. I would definitely say that I saw myself a lot in the characters. This book talks a lot about the different roles of men and women in a love affair, and how the woman somehow always ends up doing more of the work. I think some people might say this is outdated, but there are some truths in this novel. But despite her cynicism, the female protagonist still embarks in this love affair and falls deeply in love with this man. This book is at turns didatic, romantic, and sad, and very enjoyable to read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who just got out of a relationship as I think that's the best time to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula James (pjames@prismnet.com on October 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book--an unrelenting, brutally honest and insightful examination of the dynamics of gender relationships in a patriarchal world. And also a compelling, beautifully written novel. I notice that, astonishingly, it is hardly mentioned in articles about Dr. French. I have a Ph.D. in English, have taught at the university level, am 69 years old, and have spent my adult life reading the best fiction I could get my hand on. That said, this is one of the best I've come across. Dr. French has chosen intimate gender relationships as her topic and has brought more intelligence and courage to the subject than any other novelist I've come across. And she's done so while still telling a completely absorbing tale of love, grief, fury, and survival.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the book after a long hesitation, but sometimes as I was reading it, I was gasping, since some of the things I was reading could have been my thoughts. But there was also a part I didn't like because it was too black and white. But I think women should read this book to understand the relation between men and women better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magsaxxo on October 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dolores meets Victor on a train, they seduce each other without a word being spoken, fall into bed and embark on an affair loaded with baggage. They fight the baggage of many relationships and Victor's marriage in their relationship while trying to live a lifetime in the year they have together before returning to their previous lives. They fight and they love intensely. They tear each other up and put each other back together again. Both have damaged lives filled with tragedy, pain and moments, moments of pure joy, the moments that keep them moving forward.

I found much of it stereotypical, as in Delores' references to all men, but understand the author is a feminist and is passionate about her subject. Her passion and pain screamed from this novel, so often I hurt with her.

I believe Delores couldn't live with men but could not live without them and could not accept this in herself and perceived it as a flaw. The novel read a bit like Women are From Venus, Men From Mars, and should be required reading for any woman or man looking for a relationship.

Though as I neared the end of the book I, like Victor became bored with Delores' diatribes, she made her point and made her point and yet again made her point.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SerenaBlackCat on September 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Initially, I didn't think I'd like the book because I was turned off by the main character's use of absolutes; "all men" do [oppressive things], "women always" get the bum deal. It seemed like the story of a woman with a very big axe to grind; she got upset over small details, and I thought someone so embittered shouldn't go into a relationship.

Reading the entire book I would say her character, who was brilliant, passionate, as well as irritating at times, was very well illustrated. Further into the story we are told exactly what has made her so bitter, and I can't blame her--lots of people have become embittered over much less. We are also told her lover's story, and while he wasn't attentive to his wife and children, I felt that the book primarily blamed him for his wife's fate when she also had her part in it. Basically she NEVER told him her wishes, and then was angry that he didn't honor them--sure he didn't listen much, but she could have at least made an attempt to communicate, and if he was still neglectful, then the blame would be on him. I also thought it was unfair to directly blame his chauvinism for her ultimate condition, as he couldn't have predicted it.

This book can be looked at in a number of ways. It can be seen as a feminist statement, but it is also more than that. It is a debate between two points of view, both of them hold their own, and one side is not shown as clearly right. The views of the characters can be seen as simply their own views, and their arguments can be seen as things that couples go through in a relationship. For the most part, the relationship was realistic, except I kept thinking that most people fight about much more inane subjects.
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