Book of the Week/Free Press Book Review 2/14/12

In a world of Internet dating, speed dating, bar hookups, and personal ads, authors Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan write about dating and relationships from perspectives of citing many literary classics inMuch Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals (Free Press, 2012).

With clever and witty banter between authors, Murninghan and Kelly take turns blending their personal experiences with citing memorable literary characters from Jane Eyre to Moby Dick, and everything else in between.

The authors not only outline the difficulties of finding and keeping strong love relationships, but also point out that how some of the aforementioned “innovations” in dating options both increase choices and lowering morale.

Much Ado About Loving’s chapter titles make plays on many classic literature titles such as “Not-So-Great-Gatsbys”, “Moby Dickheads”, “Farewell To Charms”, and “The Hell Jar,” just to name a few.

In one of the book’s chapters,”Bride and Prejudice,” Jack Murnighan delves into the reasons why some people set the ultimate goal of getting married. In this chapter, he labels rushing to the altar as “champagne goggles, the distant cousin of the distorting beer goggles you get from too many Heinekens at the pub.”

Meanwhile, Maura Kelly is more open to sharing her personal dating and relationship experiences in chapters of Much Ado About Loving’s while elaborating on relationship examples from the classics.

Much Ado About Loving’s will give readers a whole new real-life perspective on dating, relationships, marriage, and even sex.

Is it all worth going through modern headaches in finding “the one?” Searching for love is what led to the authors to spend more time at home with the classics and absorbing a stack of timeless literature. Perhaps on Valentine’s Day, instead of fretting over being dateless, we can all follow Murnighan’s and Kelly’s examples.

Much Ado About Loving is indeed enjoyable with a charming outlook and an overall delightful read.

Rating: 5.0/5.0