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The Lover

The Lover

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by 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

Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Boston Herald
As seamless and polished as a pearl.
Diane Johnson
[An] authentic and completely successful work [that achieves] a felicitous and masterly balance between formalism and powerful emotional effect.
New York Times Book Review
Diane Johnson
[An] authentic and completely successful work [that achieves] a felicitous and masterly balance between formalism and powerful emotional effect. -- New York Times Book Review
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"Powerful, authentic, completely successful . . . perfect."
The New York Times Book Review

“An exquisite jewel of a novel, as multifaceted as a diamond, as seamless and polished as a pearl.”
Boston Herald
 
 
“A vivid, lingering novel . . . a brilliant work of art.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307801203
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
182,670
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Marguerite Duras is the author of many novels and screenplays, including the film script for Hiroshima, Mon Amour. One of France's most important literary figures, Duras died in Paris in 1996.


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Lover 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie first, which moved me. Perhaps because I did see it on screen first, I had no problem knowing the outcome. If you take the words as they flow and just let yourself be drawn along, the outcome is beautiful and painful.
dupontemmamay More than 1 year ago
“He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why.” Duras writes a cool and emotionless account of a fifteen year old girl taking a wealthy Asian man as her lover. He becomes both her savior and her downfall. It is a lavish and beautiful tale, slow like the opium the older lover consumes. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it took you to another country in the past. The fedora hat, like another character, gave the story something special.
crafterjtf More than 1 year ago
I did not like this one could not get into it at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the writing is beautiful, for the first time I enjoyed the movie version better than the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didnt like this at all. It skipped around so much and for me it was really confusing. It took me a long time to finish it just because I barely had any interest in it and it was real hard to comprehend.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I walk in, looking around for the one who had posted to go here, from 'liam' res 1.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Carrie!!!
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I love clasics and I hope, stranger, that somday you will read this book and many others
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