Such a transcendent force as romantic love can have great power to destroy or redeem, and this ambiguity is a central theme in these five novels. Perhaps the most basic aspect of this kind of love is its potential to transform us in some way, however briefly.
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
- The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
- Morgan’s Passing by Ann Tyler
- A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail Godwin
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