What's Called Love by Jim Paul
A Real Romance

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The author of Catapult interweaves the whimsical narrative of his own ill-fated romance with anecdotes about the successful and unsuccessful love affairs of men throughout history, from the ancient poet Petrarch to the present day.

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Jim Paul, author of Catapult: Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon, What's Called Love, and Medieval in L.A., is a poet and translator. A recipient of a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in San Francisco.
Published May 11, 1993 by Villard. 275 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The two are already ``going together'' back home and have slept together, but we don't learn that Paul has marriage in mind until we're so far into his hazy tale that we can no longer summon up the sympathy to care about his quest.

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This minutely detailed record of the author's unrequited love affair is played against accounts of the amatory troubles of Stendhal and Petrarch and extended comments on Rabbi Akiba and the Song of So

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