The Republic of Love Summary
Carol Shields

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The Republic of Love Summary

To be a romantic, notes Fay's brother, "is to believe anything can happen to us."

Despite sometimes remarkable odds, people find love and happiness in this world. The Republic of Love is a celebration of love as ordinary occurrence, and it is an ambitious task in this age of cynicism.

The subject of love is treated neither with pure romanticism nor with out-and-out mistrust. Shields is very much aware of the fashionably dim view of love taken today. As Fay notes: We turn our heads and pretend it's not there, the thunderous passions that enter a life and later its course.

Love belongs in an amateur operetta, on the inside of a jokey greeting card, or in the annals of an oldfashioned poetry society . . . It's womanish, it's embarrassing, something to jeer at, something for jerks.

Just a love story, people say about a book they happen to be reading...

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