Love Among the Ruins: A Novel (Google eBook)

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 13, 2011 - Fiction - 335 pages
17 Reviews

A beautifully written story of love, idealism, and our recent history.

Amid the crises of the summer of 1968, two teenagers become lovers. Emily is a good Catholic girl, for whom an incarnate God means joy and contentment in the life of the body. William is preoccupied, in a vague sort of way, with politics and the evils of the System. Together, impelled by physical passion and the idealistic notion that "all our life is some form of religion, and all our action some belief," they run away to create a new life in the wilderness. In their absence, their parents' predictable lives take an entirely different course, and America itself seems to lose its innocence, never to be quite the same again. Not since Alice McDermott's That Night or Scott Spencer's Endless Love has there been a novel that portrays with such immediacy and respect teenagers' first loveits intensity, finely calibrated moods, and worldly innocenceand the elusive nature of adult loveits passion and fragility, comforts and betrayals.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
5
3 stars
4
2 stars
5
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - agnesmack - LibraryThing

The entire time I was reading this book, I kept wondering why I'd picked it up. I have a huge to be read pile and everything in it is there because it's either on the Syllabus of a writer / professor ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - hayduke - LibraryThing

This is a hard book to review. I didn't really like it, but I enjoyed Clark's use of language. For this particular story line though, I felt that his style gave the book an emotional distance that ... Read full review

Related books

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
17
Section 3
21
Section 4
26
Section 5
32
Section 6
39
Section 7
44
Section 8
47
Section 23
213
Section 24
228
Section 25
233
Section 26
243
Section 27
246
Section 28
252
Section 29
258
Section 30
265

Section 9
51
Section 10
62
Section 11
72
Section 12
77
Section 13
83
Section 14
101
Section 15
104
Section 16
116
Section 17
123
Section 18
133
Section 19
157
Section 20
166
Section 21
183
Section 22
204
Section 31
279
Section 32
285
Section 33
290
Section 34
295
Section 35
297
Section 36
299
Section 37
306
Section 38
311
Section 39
317
Section 40
319
Section 41
322
Section 42
325
Section 43
328
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Robert Clark is the prize-winning author of In the Deep Midwinter, Mr. White's Confession, and his recent memoir, My Grandfather's House. He lives in Seattle.

Bibliographic information