The Lover

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Pantheon Books, 1997 - Fiction - 117 pages
517 Reviews
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.

(With an introduction by Maxine Hong Kingston; translated from the French by Barbara Bray.)

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Spare, powerful prose. - Goodreads
Writing style is long-winded. - Goodreads
A fabulous, sensual love story. - Goodreads
The ending left me stunned. - Goodreads
Gorgeously written, but I'm hardwired to need plot. - Goodreads
sensuality in 10 point typeface. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Liana - Goodreads

I read this in starts and stops a year ago, maybe, and I must have remembered it somehow because this time, in a single sitting, every line sunk in deep and gripped me. Duras is the sort of writer I wish I could be, succinct and aching. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

I liked a lot about this, especially the bitter push and pull between the narrator and her family dynamic as they throw shade at the Chinese lover throughout. Some really fantastic sentences on each ... Read full review

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MARGUERITE DURAS is the author of many acclaimed novels and screenplays, including The Lover, The Ravishing of Lol Stein, and 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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