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The Lover
The Lover | Marguerite Duras
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An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France's Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras's childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France's colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.Long unavailable in hardcover, this edition of The Lover includes a new introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston that looks back at Duras's world from an intriguing new perspective--that of a visitor to Vietnam today.From the Hardcover edition.
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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

This is not just the semi-autobiographical story of a young girl (15) having a relationship with a man quite older (27), but the also fraught relationships between her and her mother and her brothers. Beautifully written/translated but its structure made it difficult to follow. Between a pick and so-so.

Read this for #1001Books — I need to up my game because the app now tells me I need to read 4 books/month from the list, instead of 3 😱

writerlibrarian Duras is almost always amazing. Not easy, sometimes painfully hard emotionally but even then it's amazing. 💜 1mo
MellieAntoinette Such a good book! Beautiful cover! The French cover is plain manilla!! 1mo
Reggie I loved this book and I will always remember that passage about how they throw water on the floors to wash them as her mother plays the piano. Such beautiful writing. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @writerlibrarian you say it so well! I do look forward to reading her again in spite of it all — two of her other books are on the #1001Books list , plus I have one in my TBR already that is not on the list: 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @MellieAntoinette yes it‘s lovely — that photo is herself as a young person ! (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie yes that passage stood out to me, too! How she described the smell of the wet wood floors and the soap and all. 1mo
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BeaG
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Panpan

I didn't like it. Someone recommended this book to me last year and I'm just now reading it. It jumped around and was kinda confusing. It was kinda slow moving too. I didn't like that the girl was 15 and her lover was 27.

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Books4Ever
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New Read 😊 so far so good 😊 the photo is a throwback to reading in Hawaii 📚

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QueeneMare
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AshleyHoss820
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Pickpick

Holy crap on a cracker! I LOVED this book! And not just for her relationship with said Lover! Her mother‘s depression, her descriptions of the country, all of it! It was beautiful! I‘d re-read this anytime! We have a 15-year-old French girl who begins an affair with a 30-year-old(?) Chinese man, in pre-war Indochina. The narrative jumps around a bit, but I never found this distracting. I absolutely fell in love w/her writing. 145/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB I read this at least 20 years ago. Maybe it is time for a reread. Great review! 1y
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Oh, thank you!! 😊 My copy was only 117 pages long, so it wouldn‘t take up too much time! 😄 1y
batsy It's one of my favourites! The writing, the way she conveys mood and atmosphere and temperaments... Great review. 1y
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AshleyHoss820 @batsy Yes! It‘s a favorite for me now, too!! So lovely! And thank you! 😊😊😊 1y
ValerieAndBooks This is in my TBR and I really should get to it soon to knock off another #1001Books and because of your positive review!! 1y
AshleyHoss820 @ValerieAndBooks It won‘t take you long, I promise! 😄 I just loved the prose in this! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1y
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AshleyHoss820
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The prose in this book! 😍😍😍 #1001Books

SeaToSkyes That last paragraph though ❤️ 1y
AshleyHoss820 @SeaToSkyes Right!? This whole book was just filled to the brim with sigh-inducing prose! 😄😄😍😍 1y
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AshleyHoss820
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I‘m almost done with Sons and Lovers, so I decided to get my next book on deck! THE #TBRBowlOfDestiny HAS SPOKEN...and I feel like it‘s trying to tell me something...two titles in a row with the word lover!? #1001Books

MrBook Love this!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cinfhen Bowl of destiny ~ that‘s awesome 😎 1y
AshleyHoss820 @MrBook Thank you!! 😄😄 It takes a lot of pressure off, letting THE BOWL choose for me! 1y
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AshleyHoss820 @Cinfhen 😂😂😂Thank you!! 😂😂😂 my 9-year-old daughter is obsessed with it! And I say BOWL OF DESTINY just like they talk about the Glow Cloud on the Welcome to Night Vale podcast...😂😂😂 1y
Clare-Dragonfly All hail the bowl of destiny! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I accidentally bought this book twice. I really should get to it soon! 1y
tracey38 Love the bowl of destiny! 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Clare-Dragonfly YES!! 😂😂😂 1y
AshleyHoss820 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s a short one! 😄 And I‘ve done the double buying more than I care to admit! 😂😂 1y
AshleyHoss820 @tracey38 Haha!! Thank you! I love it too! Makes my book selecting way easier! 😄😂 1y
AudreyMorris I need a TBR bowl of destiny! I think I‘m too lazy to make one though! 1y
AshleyHoss820 @AudreyMorris I should‘ve done this ages ago! 😄 But I‘m also a bit lazy...😂😂😂 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Lcsmcat
L'Amant | Marguerite Duras
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It‘s also Marguerite Dumas‘ birthday. @maximoffs @Reecaspieces You were born on an auspicious day! Duras and Angelou! Happy Birthday to you both! 🎂🎉 🎈

Reecaspieces Wow! Didn‘t know that! Thank you so very much! 1y
Kaye Happy birthday 🎁🎉🎊 @Reecaspieces 1y
maximoffs Thank you!!!! 1y
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Reecaspieces @Kaye thank you! 1y
Reecaspieces @maximoffs happy bday to you! 1y
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zezeki
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It was dark, and sad, and erotic (and autobiographical as well), which is my favourite combination. Marguerite Duras was certainly an interesting woman, and I'll be definitely exploring her other work. #tbr #romance 📚📚📓

batsy Excellent description... That's my favourite, too. Loved this book. 2y
Suet624 I wish I gravitated more toward light and happy but I go for the dark and sad 98% of the time. 2y
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Centique
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#fiercefeb #imaposeur

This prompt made me think of the hyper self consciousness of the teenage girl in The Lover. (Also chosen by @batsy for another prompt this month!)

She becomes so aware of the face and body and how it is seen by others. The addition of the hat changes her, makes her something new. This book spoke so thoughtfully about being the object of others gaze. And such beautiful language, rightfully a classic!

batsy Nice one! 👏 It didn't occur to me for this prompt; you're so right. 2y
CSeydel That‘s beautiful! 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful passage 😍 2y
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Centique Thanks @CSeydel @Cinfhen 💕✌️ 2y
Centique @batsy seeing herself in the mirror with the hat - that scene just stays with me. 💕 2y
readordierachel Good choice! 2y
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batsy
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#IsThisDesire It's both desire and a power struggle, I think, and that's the disturbing fact that makes this brutal, sad book memorable for me.

#FierceFeb @Cinfhen

OSChamberlain You had me at brutal, sad. I love a good sad story. Lol 2y
batsy @OSChamberlain Haha, glad to hear it! It's embarrassing how many of my favourite books can be classified as such 😂 2y
Cinfhen This one sounds wayyyy depressing.... 2y
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RachelO Hey @batsy. Which song- PJ Harvey or Years and Years? 2y
batsy @RachelO My girl PJ 🙌🏽❤️😊 I'm gonna look up the other one... 2y
RachelO @batsy Thank you! The other one's stuck in my head, but probably not even those words! Will go dig out some PJ! 2y
Reggie Omg, I love this book. There is a whole page about how they throw water on the floors to clean their house while they‘re mother plays piano and it is amazing. @Cinfhen give it a try, it‘s not that bad. I got somber more than depressing or heartbreak. There is also a movie with Jane March playing the girl. It‘s pretty decent. 2y
Cinfhen There‘s only 128 pages in the whole book...and one whole page is about cleaning the floors ~ I‘m not so sure @Reggie 😂😂 2y
batsy That's a great scene @Reggie I love how she casually drops in the line that the clean house reminds her mother of "whiteness". I need to watch the movie! 2y
Leftcoastzen @batsy you‘ve posted about this wonderful book before ,and I remember it being so beautifully written and one of the most atmospheric books I‘ve ever read. 2y
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Eugeniavb
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Mehso-so

It was a bit of a hard read in french for me, a lot of jumping back and forth in time, between characters, places and such. Some parts of it seemed incredibly well written to me and others were totally whatever. I must say I was expecting much more. Will have to see the movie again, since I saw it over 20 years ago and compare.

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Eugeniavb
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“Un jour, j‘étais âgée déjà, dans le hall d‘un lieu public, un homme est venu vers moi. Il s‘est fait connaître et il m‘a dit: “Je vous connais depuis toujours. Tout le monde dir que vous ètiez belle lorsque vous ètiez jeune, je suis venu pour vous dire que pour moi je vous trouve plus belle maintenant que lorsque vous ètiez jeune, j‘aimais moins votre visage de jeune femme qui celui que vous avez maintenant, dévasté.” #firstlines

sofiaga J'aime ce livre! 2y
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batsy
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"I've never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door."

I loved this beautiful, stark, haunting book but practically everyone in here gives love a bad name. #yougiveloveabadname #Rocktober @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Yes! I remember. Good chosen 2y
ValerieAndBooks I‘ve had this in my TBR for a long time! Also one of her others — both are short so I don‘t know why I haven‘t read them yet. 2y
batsy @ValerieAndBooks I have not heard of that one! Thank you, that went straight to the TBR ☺️ 2y
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readordierachel Love Margeurite Duras! Have you read The War? I didn't see it on litsy, but maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. 2y
Leftcoastzen Loved this book. One of my all time favorites! 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel No, I haven't! If I remember I think this is the only Duras I've read, which I must remedy soon. The War is on my TBR 😊 2y
batsy @Leftcoastzen It's a slim masterpiece that packs a punch. 2y
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paradise_found92
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"I've never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door."

Word. #globalliterature #margueriteduras #thelover #literature #books #fiction

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Centique
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Man I have read some 5 star books this year. This is probably the most beautiful of them. It‘s told in glimpses and memories. A paragraph or two at a time and then jumping to another moment. The writing is almost unbearably beautiful. You have to stop and draw breath! At the same time it‘s sad and lonely, brutal in its honesty, unique in its insights. How can it do so much in so few pages?!!! That‘s why it‘s a classic right?

Centique I‘d like to know more about many things in this story - but if it was twice the size and explained itself fully it wouldn‘t be so perfect. 2y
Cinfhen Great review❤️ 2y
books_from_my_shelves It sounds great. The author is new to me - another book to put on my tbr.😃 2y
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batsy @Centique Yes, that's a great point. That sense of mystery is central to many great novels, maybe... 2y
LeahBergen I've been meaning to read this for years! 2y
Centique @Cinfhen thanks! 2y
Centique @batsy yes - I think so too. Something unfinished leaves room for the reader to interpret. But I know some readers hate that (my book club for starters! 😳😂) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome review 😊 2y
Cathythoughts What a beautiful review, you make me feel like I really need to read this 💫💫💫 2y
Centique Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts 💕you guys are lovely 2y
Hollie Great review!! 😘 2y
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Centique
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I am in love with this book already.

Reggie Have you seen the movie? It's pretty decent. And my favorite passage is about how they throw water on the floors to clean them. It's a beautiful book. 2y
Centique @Reggie no I haven‘t. When I picked up the book I had a vague notion that the movie Indochine might have been based on it. Totally wrong of course! Thanks for the recc, I will watch it 😊 2y
batsy This book is something else 👍 2y
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merelybookish I read this book when I was 19 after seeing the movie. And it was EVERYTHING! Would be interesting to re-read... 2y
Centique @merelybookish I think you‘d still have that reaction! I just did. 2y
Centique @batsy it certainly is! 2y
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Caryl
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#addiction led me to alcoholism led me to Hemingway & Fitzgerald led me to this article:
"The long list of male alcoholic authors is well known, but what about their literary sisters?"
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/13/alcoholic-female-women-writers-mar...

#anditsaugust

DebinHawaii Really Interesting article! 2y
batsy The Lover ❤️ 2y
Caryl Glad you liked the article, @DebinHawaii ! @batsy - I think I read it long ago, but I don't remember it at all. I should read it again! 2y
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evelando
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Raw, terrible and somehow tender.

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Kimboling
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Knowledgelost
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Pickpick

This stunning masterpiece will stay with me forever. I love the way Duras plays with multiple narrative devices to explore her salacious love affair with a Chinese man.

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Beachesnbooks
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Pretty used books I picked up in Washington 📚

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Lauren
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It's so good. Finally stopped being embarrassed I had never read it / am reading it. Omg.

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sneirr
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Pickpick

An old woman remembers the affair she had as a 15 year old French girl with a 27 year old Chinese man in Saigon in the 1930s. Beautifully written, I would describe it as stream-of-consciousness but more postmodern.

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KRISNTL
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Mehso-so

In the beginning the writing style seems very confusing, very excessive. Sentences seem incomplete to me. I think that's the style, but it was agonizing to read through. This book definitely has the "diary" entry type of feel to it. It romanticized death and pain. But honestly, I just saw mental illnesses everywhere in the main character, in her family etc. It's nothing to romanticize about in my honest opinion.

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downtherabbithole
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"Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn't understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her."

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jdtchicago
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Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn't understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her.

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moniquereads
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Panpan

I have never read a more incoherent book than this. Everything was disjointed. I read somewhere (credible, believe me) that Marguerite Duras herself claimed that she wrote this book when she was drunk. Boy, did she.

KRISNTL Man! I totally agree with with this. A couple of pages in and I'm like.. having trouble following because of the way she writes and repeats phrases, and then says them backwards as if it was totally normal. Normal it is totally. You know what I mean? Ahaha 3y
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Haley_Noel
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On a trip to Maine I checked out ELEMENTS: Books Coffee Beer. Scored a copy of The Lover for 25 cents off the sale cart. 🙌

MrBook This place is on my bucket list now 😁👍🏻! Great deal! 3y
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PurityofEssence
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This fantastic little book can be read in one sitting, and deftly plays on some of Duras' pet themes, namely memory and sex. It's a swift and atmospheric story that I often feel compelled to revisit. Also make sure to check out Hiroshima Mon Amour after you finish. 🤘🤘🤘

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Stephkent
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Panpan

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