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Love (Part 4 of 'The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everone Should Read')

"So, what makes a great love story? Initially, this seemed the easiest of the seven categories . All great novels are essentially about love, aren't they? As it turned out, things weren't so easy. There is often precious little loving going on in these famous love stories and ,with the exceptions of Jane Austen and sometimes Dickens, there are very few guaranteed happy endings. "Reader, I married him" is quite definitely the exception to the rule — unless our poor heroine has married the wrong man, or he is in love with someone else. The contemporary novel, for one, has fallen out of love with love. When our most successful and popular authors choose to write love stories, they look to the past, and you can be sure that in any poll of the nation's favourite novels Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights will be somewhere at the top. So perhaps we haven't become disillusioned with romance itself, just distrustful of its ability to thrive in such a cynical age" (Guardian)
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Le Grand Meaulnes
Le Grand Meaulnes
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Dom Casmurro
Dom Casmurro
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Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
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Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
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Emma
Emma
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Persuasion
Persuasion
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Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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Nightwood
Nightwood
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The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis
The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis
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Love for Lydia
Love for Lydia
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More Die of Heartbreak
More Die of Heartbreak
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Lorna Doone
Lorna Doone
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The Death of the Heart
The Death of the Heart
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The Heat of the Day
The Heat of the Day
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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Villette
Villette
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Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
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Look at Me
Look at Me
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21
Rubyfruit Jungle
Rubyfruit Jungle
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Possession
Possession
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Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's
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Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda
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A Month in the Country
A Month in the Country
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My Antonia
My Antonia
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A Lost Lady
A Lost Lady
28
Claudine at School (Claudine)
Claudine at School (Claudine)
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Cheri
Cheri
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Victory: An Island Tale
Victory: An Island Tale
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The Princess of Cleves
The Princess of Cleves
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The Parasites
The Parasites
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33
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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The Lover
The Lover
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Adam Bede
Adam Bede
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Daniel Deronda
Daniel Deronda
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The Mill on the Floss
The Mill on the Floss
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The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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