In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two-year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.
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I read this book in one sitting for my French Culture class. The author, Annie Ernaux, focused on describing her passion-filled relationship with a man she calls A. Her goal was not to analyze every little detail of her relationship with this married man, but rather provide the solid facts for the reader to think about.
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well written, interesting depiction of what an love affair does to a person Read full review