- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (October 6, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595008070
- ISBN-13: 978-0595008070
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times
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If longevity is the proof and ménages à trois is the pudding, then Three in Love is an appropriate recipe for this classically suspect concoction. Claiming that their own 16-year relationship is as valid an arrangement as marriage, the authors offer their defense with a mild dose of psychology amidst examples of famous threesomes--the more familiar (Lord Nelson and the Hamiltons, June & Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin) as well as some surprises. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
This study, or triography, claims to be the first written on the topic of love triangles for a general audience. After "a quest for the origins, tradition, and current standings of the menage a trois," the authors, recently profiled as a threesome in the New York Observer, examine famous and infamous groupings. From the obvious (Anais Nin and Henry and June Miller) to the far-fetched and fictitious (Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Superman), the reader is exposed to the details of the relationships among these and other trios. The sightings seem to be held up to make the point that multipartner arrangements are, if not natural, at least common enough. Cited quotes from sexual pundits Camille Paglia and Dr. Ruth won't make this a must for the library, though the sexually liberated and curious might find the gossipy anecdotes titillating. The Fosters also wrote Forbidden Journey: The Life of Alexandra David-Neel (Overlook, 1997. 2d ed.), while Hadady has authored the alternative health self-helper, [Asian Health Secrets] (LJ 9/1/96). --David Nudo, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
In the book you will discover the differences between a love triangle, a blood triangle and a ménage á trois. Also, you will discover the power of love in the service of mankind. Some of the stories went sour other went like a tale. In some of the ménages there was devastation because the members were insane, teaching us that a healthy relation is directly interconnected with the mental health of the persons inside it. Also the book teaches us a lot about the importance of the human qualities in a relation.
A ménage á trois is an exposé of the good and the bad of the relation. It is not a one sided book pro ménages without a very and extremely and deep perspective that shows all types of ménages (heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian and [..]). At the end of the book I discovered why mine did not work. People involved in a ménage á trois, quatre or even cinq have to have very special qualities of honesty, respect, admiration and love among many other qualities seldom encounter in one single individual. What about in three?
Three in love is the maximum expression of love. It is the alternative to a divorce and the destruction of the family. It is the alternative to safe and real sex for the sex starved marriage. It is the alternative to the financial destruction that a divorce causes an individual. It is a real act of love; it teaches you that you do not have to abandon your life long partner for you to be happy. It is an act of honesty and a reaffirmation of love and commitment of the individual.
After reading this book my respect about ménagers have increased because I see them as courageous people willing to live as they want and not conforming with the hypocrisy of societal mores.
This is simply a 100 star book on a subject that no one dares to touch!
On the other hand, the comments made by the 2-star critics are solid. A menage, which is what this book is all about, is hardly the end-all-be-all within the category "threesomes," of which there are many varieties. The authors even acknowledge this, apologizing for the fact that their own arrangement -- a couple with a longterm female partner, a menage in the women never engage in sex together, only the man has intimate access to each of the others -- is somewhat limited. It resembles Big Love more than Modern Threesome. That alone diminishes the book's power for me.
Further, in their zeal to attack Hollywood for promoting negative examples of "triangles," the authors describe many successful arrangements; but they also pile on less than encouraging examples of menages. They barely touch on other types of threesomes that have worked.
Still, literature in this field remains largely absent. Hollywood still shapes the public imagination regarding threesomes. And for the most part, threesomes of all types remain laughing stock for conventional thinkers who like to deride the threesome as a "typical male fantasy" (conveniently ignoring that it's often women partners who initiate these arrangements). In that light, this book's countervailing point of view is worthwhile. Without it, there would be a complete void on the bookshelf between endless volumes praising the virtues of monogamous dyads and those many now championing completely open alternative sexual lifestyles.
I hoped that by now, in response to plaudits and criticisms like these, the authors or others would have produced a second book more on point and completely compelling. It hasn't emanated yet. Three in Love may be the best we have for now. I do share it with nonbelievers, gritting my teeth as I do, because at least it is polished and provocative. But not complete or compelling. A fun read descriptive of one alternative sexual reality. Which is something. But not everything; not enough.