On the Nature of Things Erotic(amazon)
F. Gonzalez-Crussi (View Bio)
Trade Paperback: Kaplan Publishing, 2009.
“Many readers surely will identify with this physician-essayist's lament that the modern woman is too dependent on facial makeup and men's opinions of her. But when he argues that women still represent an embodiment of the life force, at once redeeming and dangerous, he seems to endorse an old-fashioned biological view of female destiny. Turning to men, Gonzalez-Crussi (Notes of an Anatomist) links their need to dominate and devalue women to the Greeks' elevation of homosexuality and the medieval church's antifeminism. One essay offers a perceptive diagnosis of male jealousy, another reassesses the Marquis de Sade as a taxonomist of cruelty. Topics dissected in the eight erudite essays gathered here include lovers' need for secrecy, a Chinese novelist's clinical account of seduction and the concept of romantic passion as a feverish illness.” –Publishers Weekly
“Gonzalez-Crussi writes elegant, ruminative essays grounded in both medicine and the humanities. In Notes of an Anatomist (HBJ, 1985) he dissected the human body; here he examines the heart with results nearly as intriguing. Of the eight pieces in this collection, the best are ‘The Divine Marquis,’ a defense of Sade, and ‘On Male Jealousy,’ a fascinating study of the Spanish concept of honra . Gonzalez-Crussi writes most eloquently on subjects distant in time or space; when he treats the familiar, as in the latter section of "Some Views on Women, Past and Present," he turns trite and predictable. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.” –Library Journal