intense sensations

A serious book about love

Posted on: August 8, 2011

The LoverThe Lover by Marguerite Duras
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tried to read this in French and I was lost. It is so simple and short, I kept thinking. Why don’t I understand it? Then I tried to read it in English. It was still really difficult for me. I was puzzled because I had read other books by Marguerite Duras and I understood them intuitively. Then it dawned on me that the reason this is so hard to understand is that it is intensely real. The author near the end of her life is carefully delivering to the world the painful and beautiful secrets that she has carried buried deep within her since childhood. I imagine each sentence took an age to write. Some are beautiful. Some are achingly sad. It is a book to be taken seriously. It is the very best kind of book.

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