As I mentioned in my Books of Autumn post, after my C.S. The Four Loves read-along I’ve been interested in reading more books on the same subject with two in mind: The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm and On Friendship by Marcus Tullius Cicero. So with a little prodding (you know who you are, lol!) I’ve decided to host a read-along for both of them during the month of October. It’s a little bit of short notice, I know, but The Art of Loving is a mere 120-ish pages and On Friendship is an essay, so please join in any time you can; if you can’t start on the 1st, it will be easy to catch up.
Fromm’s book is a great companion to The Four Loves; he deals with the same subjects as Lewis does but approaches them from a different perspective and his insights are often quite amazing. And, of course, Cicero deals with only one aspect of the Loves: Friendship. His essay is interesting because in Roman times friendship was seen as a relationship that had a mutual practical benefit but Cicero takes it a step farther, dealing with intangible aspects that benefit a person’s soul.
On Friendship I’ll read first and (hopefully) post a review so whenever you finish the essay, please feel free to comment there.
With The Art of Loving, I’ll split it up as follows (somewhat difficult, as one book is super short and one super long):
October 1 – 2 Part I: Is Love An Art?
October 3 – 19 Part II: The Theory of Love
October 20 – 25 Part III: Love’s Disintegration in Western Society
October 26 – 31 Part IV: The Practice of Love
So come along for more exploration and enlightenment into that complex, and sometimes elusive emotion of Love! ❤️