The Lover's Dictionary
A sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries
There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.
If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever y...more
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I really wish I had had the mental energy to review this book back when I finished it, but I just wasn’t in the right psychic place to do so at the time. I read it soon after finishing AM/PM, and it fit right in with that sort of flash-fiction vi...more
I was neither both when I read this in one sitting last Saturday. Then last night, I happened to catch some scenes of the Korean movie Love Phobia at Cinema One. Korean filmmakers have been producing excellent, i.e., very sensitive, love stories that are much attuned to Filipino’s notion of love. That’s maybe one of the reasons why we patronize not only their movies but also their many television series.
That movie put me in th...more
The format of this book is very clever. Each page starts with a word dictionary style, and that's the format for the whole book which te...more
People who get super creative with books are always taking a big risk, you know... writing in verse, two authors writing a POV each, and now this: a novel wrote like a dictionary. A series of random words from A to Z each representing something about the protagonist's most recent relationship:
Love is one kind of abstraction. And then there are those nights when I sleep alone, when I curl into a pillow that isn't you, when I hear the tiptoe sounds that aren't yours.
It's a very qu...more
When I first heard about David Levithan's latest book, The Lover's Dictionary, I wanted to read it only because of the clever idea behind the book. I love anything that involves wordplay. I loved the idea that this book is told using dictionary words, and for some reason, this gives me the feeling that this book has a universal feel to it, like anyone could relate to an entry here at one point. I ordered a copy off Book Depository a few weeks ago after I realized t...more
In a nutshell, The Lover's Dictionary is the simple love story of a couple, left unnamed by the author, told in dictionary form. Through carefully-chosen words, their love story unfurle...more
‘I spent all this time building a relationship. Then one night I left the window open, and it started to rust.’
This was a delightfully unique story of a relationship’s major occurrences told by short entries in dictionary format. I gave major points for the originality of the entire concept of the story; I’ve never read anything like it before. The writing was beautiful and the story bittersweet and poignant.
‘It was th...more
It tackled what's familiar from all the possible angles. One need not strain one's imagination to see how a word applied, because it just DID. Each...more
If there really is a manual or dictionary about love, will it even make a difference?
WatchingStrangers Againin YouTube made me read David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary . The emotion the movie clip left me made me want to look for a book that will give me the same emotion I felt with the film.
I don't want to think the couples fromStrangers AgainandThe Lover's Dictionaryended up together. I'm not being negative. It's just my opinion and I'm only being...more
Abstraction, arrears, blemish, breathtaking, disarray, juxtaposition, only and yearning.
My favourite's being:
Sacrosanct and posterity.
But if I had to pick one....
rest, v. and n.
Rest with me for the rest of this.
That’s it. Come closer.
The slight acne scars. The penny-sized, penny-shaped birthmark right above your knee. The dot below your shoulder that must have been from when you had chicken pox in the third grade.
The scratch on your neck- did I do that?
This brief transcript of moments, written on the body, is so deeply satisfying to read.
Wow, this book was gorgeous.
It took me about an hour to read (well, technically about 40 minutes... the other 20 minutes was taken up with me scrawling large chunks of this book i...more
There is so much poetry in the choices of words listed in this dictionary, and how each word is related to the unfolding of a couple's relationship.
Favorite entries (promise I won't type them all):
Awhile - "It is easy for me to s...more
A love story told in the form of dictionary entries. The words are - not picked at random, but not exclusively "love" or "relationship" words. And because of the format, the story is told in a more or less non-linear way. I liked that a lot - it allowed the reader to piece the story together one by one. I also liked that it's obvious that love and relationships aren't simple -...more
The format of this book works. It takes words and defines them based on a relationship. So it reads all jumbly and out of order, and I love it. It mimics both love and memory. Life isn't a straight forward story, it's more o...more
I first became aware of this book through friends on Goodreads (they read it and rated/reviewed it extremely favourably) and became curious enough to want to read it too. And what a great read. I literally just finished it in less than an hour, because it's that good.
If you want a quality read in the shape of a rather short book, then look no further - this is it, I tell you.
The book's ch...more
Last year, my bookish friends and I went out of town. Being the bookish lot that we are, we brought books with us that we could read while on the road, if we are not too busy relaying random stories to each other. I brought a Hemingway novel, which is not a very smart choice because I now realize that books for traveling should only be light (literally and metaphorically).
Anyway, my friends were passing around this novel-dictionary, and my cur...more
It scares me how hard it is to remember life before you. I can’t even make the comparisons anymore, because my memories of that time have all the depth of a photograph. It seems foolish to play games of better or worse. It’s simply a matter of is and is no longer.
and later this,
I have never wanted a lover. In order to have a lover, I must go
Is it possible to love the way a story is told, but dislike the story itself? I hope so, because that’s what I’m feeling about this book.
What did I love about the book? First, I loved the way the story was presented – a dictionary in which each definition pieces together the story of a relationship. Second, I loved how poetic the writing felt – sparse but weighty.
The Lover's Dictionary masih bertutur tentang cinta tapi dengan cara yang tidak biasa. Perjalanan cinta sepasang kekasih yang dibiarkan anonim, dituturkan kata per kata, alphabetically, seperti sebuah kamus. Perkembangan kisah mereka tidak diurutkan secara kronologis akan tetapi mengikuti urutan abjad-abjad. Meski begitu, perkembangan kisahnya, mu...more
Nachdem ich das Buch vor 2 Jahren auf Deutsch gelesen hatte, war es nun Zeit für das Original. Diesmal hat es mir noch viel besser gefallen, lag vielleicht an der unverfälschte Sprache oder daran, dass ich älter geworden bin. Auf jeden Fall hat mich diesmal die Partnerin (und ihre Untreue) nicht so sehr gestört. Ich konnte das ganze irgendwie mit mehr Abstand betrachten und einfach als Zeugnis einer irgendwann fehlgeschlagenen Beziehung sehen. Ansonsten kann ich meiner ersten Mei...more
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is a creative and clever A to Z telling of a relationship. I have shouted my love of Mr. Levithan’s language and words from the rooftops many times, so this format really made me smile. Each entry in the dictionary, whether long or short, will make you stop and think.
Favorite Word Overall: kerfuffle :D
Favorite Entry: panoply
Worst Word: concussed (Yuck! I just really dislike the feel, look, and sound of it.)
Hidden behind alphabetically sorted terms, that call out for sophisticated definitions, it covers the ordinary, yet inexplicable stuff that the relationship entails: Its beginning, the (almost ?) end, highs, lows, changes, effects, fears, irritations, dependencies, surprises, misunderstandings, lies, laughter, resentments, pas...more
I'm not a big fan of simple love stories. This book was very realistic and I think that's why I didn't enjoy it very much. When I read a book I want to escape reality and this just made me realize how lonely I really am. The book was a quick rea...more
|What's The Name o...: word for every letter of the alphabet and a paragraph/anecdote about a situation in his relationship that has to do with the word (bought at anthropologie) [s]||9||37||Nov 08, 2012 02:09pm|
|What did you think the relationship in this book was?||10||192||Oct 08, 2012 06:30pm|
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Fuck You for cheating on me. Fuck you for reducing it to the word cheating. As if this were a card game, and you sneaked a look at my hand. Who came up with the term cheating, anyway? A cheater, I imagine. Someone who thought liar was too harsh. Someone who thought devastator was too emotional. The same person who thought, oops, he’d gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Fuck you. This isn’t about slipping yourself an extra twenty dollars of Monopoly money. These are our lives. You went and broke our lives. You are so much worse than a cheater. You killed something. And you killed it when its back was turned.”