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Nice, but a period piece indeed
am 23. Juni 2000
After reading several books by Fromm, and being his admirer (I find his insight into both the society and individual very clear and unburdened by personal agenda), I was dissapointed by The Art of Loving.
While providing some very valuable glimpses into the possibility of unselfish personal love, the author falls into the proscribed conditioning of his era (not very different from ours) that would turn off many that are looking for a non-judgmental and objective analysis.
From hard-nosed blanket statements (animals cannot experience love, the fantasy of "prehuman harmony" we have all somehow lost by the nature of being human, "homosexual deviation is a failure") to the uneasy mixture of the late 19th century mechanical Western Universe with only partially understood spirituality of Eastern philosophies, this is a study of Fromm's personal chip-on-the-shoulder more than a work about Love.
Recommended to a reader interested in Fromm as a person, not author, or one studying the society of the time. (I had great fun filling the margins of the pages with comments...)