Books: L'Amour the Merrier

LOVE AND THE FRENCH (368 pp.)

Nina Epton—World ($5).

Whether or not the French deserve their frequently self-bestowed laurels as great lovers, few would deny that they are consummate kiss-and-tell artists. Over the centuries, they have told all in diaries, letters, memoirs, novels and the social chronicles of boudoir, salon and brothel. With one eye on the lofty mystery of love and the other hovering at the keyhole, British Author Nina Epton scans the Gallic love parade in an amusing though helter-skelter review.

Romantic love did not always exist, says Author Epton. It was invented...

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