The Lover (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Paperback | May 19, 2016

byMarguerite Duras

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A sensational international bestseller, and winner of Frances' coveted Prix Goncourt, 'The Lover' is an unforgettable portrayal of the incandescent relationship between two lovers, and of the hate that slowly tears the girl's family apart.Saigon, 1930s: a poor young French girl meets the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family. Soon they are lovers, locked into a private world of passion and intensity that defies all the conventions of their society.A sensational international bestseller, 'The Lover' is disturbing, erotic, masterly and simply unforgettable.

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A sensational international bestseller, and winner of Frances' coveted Prix Goncourt, 'The Lover' is an unforgettable portrayal of the incandescent relationship between two lovers, and of the hate that slowly tears the girl's family apart.Saigon, 1930s: a poor young French girl meets the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family. Soon th...

Marguerite Duras was one of Europe's most distinguished writers. The author of many novels and screenplays, she is perhaps best known outside France for her filmscript Hiroshima Mon Amour and her Prix Goncourt-winning novel THE LOVER, also filmed. Her other books include LA DOLEUR, BLUE EYES BLACK HAIR, SUMMER RAIN and THE NORTH CHINA ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pagesPublished:May 19, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007205007

ISBN - 13:9780007205004

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sentimental done right Marguerite Duras (even in the English translation) maintains a unique writing style and a tone that builds with every moment. She doesn't shock or jolt readers, only takes them to an exact place and time to feel the looming sadness her heroine is experiencing. It's slow, languid and perfectly tuned to the story of the child and the lover. Every detail counts and adds something desperately tuned to the gripping poignancy of the story. A careful reader depends on authors like her to produce work with so much sentimental perspective done properly.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Lover Not the best book I've read. I didn't like how the author would start a scene in the story than all of a sudden skip to another scene and then go back to the first scene. The way the story was written was dull and it had me waiting for the point. But I do have to say that the author was successful in capturing the mood and her descriptions were good...quite depressing and sad.
Date published: 2000-02-09

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'Rarely have I read a novel so flawlessly written.' Spectator'Very beautiful, highly intelligent, enjoyable and original.' Sunday Times'Perfect, a "tour de force".accessible in the way Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" or D.M. Thomas's "The White Hotel" are accessible.dealing successfully with the strong themes of erotic love and death.' New York Times Book Review'A spectacular success.' Edmund White