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Le Marin de Gibraltar

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  334 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Un homme qui veut changer sa vie s'engage sur un bateau. Sur ce bateau il y a une femme qui court le monde à la recherche du marin de Gibraltar qu'elle a aimé et qui a disparu. L'amour naît entre l'homme qui veut changer sa vie et la femme qui cherche le marin de Gibraltar. Ensemble, ils vont rechercher avec scrupule ce marin disparu. S'ils le trouvent ce sera la fin de le ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Gallimard (first published 1952)
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If Le Marin de Gibraltar Were A Woman

- Yo, DUDE!

- Uh, sorry. I didn't see you.

- I've been waving to you for the last five minutes.

- Um... I was thinking about something else.

- And where've you BEEN? I've called a bunch of times, and you never get back to me.

- Oh, you know, busy...

- Who is she?

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Mar 05, 2009 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess that in spite of having studied French I had never read Marguerite Duras until picking up The Sailor From Gibraltar. It is a stunning gem of a book. I found myself wanting to put it down not because it wasn’t good but because it was too effective. The kind of malaise, boredom, and drunken, sun-addled stupor in which the characters are adrift comes off the page and settles on the reader.

The plot is deceptively simple; it starts with the narrator, who is on vacation from a Bartleby-like
Sep 23, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sailor from Gibraltar is a marvellous dreamy book – reading it is like drifting away from all that’s mundane and real.

The University of Rochester’s Open Letter Press is a non-profit literary translation press, dedicated to opening cultural borders. I’ve never heard of most of their author list, but I like the idea of expanding my horizons and when they recently had an offer to good to ignore, of course I succumbed. I bought the first 25 of their titles to be published for only $200. (Yes, th
Karlo Mikhail
Aug 28, 2011 Karlo Mikhail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sailor from Gibraltar, that enigmatic creation of Marguerite Duras, that unattainable figure that you go on in search of your whole life aimlessly, akin to that of the Zahir in Borges’ fictions or the Grail in Arthurian legends. In The Sailor of Gibraltar, Anna searches for her wandering lover – a sailor who was once retrieved off the coast of Gibraltar – all over the world in a luxury yacht.

But before this whole pursuit of the sailor from Gibraltar takes the main stage, we are first told of
A Man, A Woman, A Search For Love and Happiness:
The Sailor from Gibraltar by Marguerite Duras

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 27 September 2013

The story of The Sailor from Gibraltar begins on a hot day in August 1947. The nameless narrator and his fiancée Jacqueline are on holidays in Italy. He’s fed up with virtually all aspects of his life: he hates his job, loathes his colleagues and stays together with Jacqueline out of habit. The couple moves from Florence on t
Feb 22, 2012 Allan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book, early, reviewer
A languid, tropical meditation on boredom, desire and an obsessive quest. [return][return]Cigarettes, whiskey and the ironic conversation of a broad cast of interesting characters carries what is, essentially, a travel novel that journeys across Italy, through the Mediterranean, Tangier and the north coast of Africa, south to the tropics, leaving the sea and ending in the dense humidity of the Congo.[return][return]The book is narrated by a man vacationing in Italy shortly after the war, bored a ...more
May 27, 2014 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book. The travels of Anna and the dude result in a poetic journey in their hearts, minds and the vastness of the world. I think Duras does a lovely job of exploring the themes that will later be central to her work: love, alienation, distance, obsession and the meaning of life. I'm not giving it 5 stars only because I found the main male character to be a dick to his girlfriend, and even though I understand that he is an archetype similar to many other protagonists of existentialist ...more

Bored with his job, tired of his fiance, a civil servant walks away from it all. He joins a mysterious, ridiculously wealthy woman sailing the Mediterranean and the African coast in search of her lover (the sailor in the title).

During the course of the voyage, she tells him the story of her life. Former crew members contact her with reports of "sightings" of the sailor. These take them on onshore adventures.

But mostly they talk - and drink. She has nothing in life to do except look for the sail
Jan 10, 2016 Lola rated it really liked it
Apr 19, 2015 Sophie rated it liked it
J'ai apprécié ce roman dans l'ensemble, qui est très hétéroclite tout de même .
Des personnages intrigants notamment !
Barbara Giegerich
Mar 06, 2015 Barbara Giegerich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-german
I enjoyed the first part: the heat, the anguish, the dreaming about possible futures, but then suddenly a beautiful woman appears and stuff stops happening. There's only so much flaner-ing around on a boat a reader can take. There was so much drinking and sitting around that I started to feel drunk while sitting around, hoping, hoping against hope that something, anything would happen. I realise this generation needed to work the war out of their systems, but this is not compelling. Perhaps I'm ...more
Graham Binner
Sep 15, 2010 Graham Binner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Another wonderful novel from Marguerite Duras. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like this as much as the 2 previous novels that I read - Cantabile Moderato and The Lover. This novel is about twice the length and in Part One of the Sailor from Gibraltar I felt that there were a few passages that lacked the conciseness and intensity that I had found in her other novels. However, it is not long before Duras starts to work her usual magic. The whole of Part Two (the bulk of the novel) is spellbind ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Aug 14, 2012 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, fiction
عشق، سرکشی، هیجان، درد و هجران آن، رسیدن به معشوق و سپس فارغ شدن و ملال و دلزدگی. تبدیل عشق از حالت رویایی و افسانهوار به حالتی زمینی، انسانی و شاید معمولی. دوراس عشقی را برمیگزیند که فارغ از ملال و روزمرگیها باشد. دریانورد جبلالطارق تا وقتی که آن موجود آزاده و سرکش و فراری و غیر دست یافتنی است میتواند شعلهی عشق را در دل زن برافروزد، در غیر این صورت مردی میشود شبیه همهی مردهای دیگر ...more
Oct 30, 2012 S'hi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: escapists from love
A relentless book, pushing on in its steady pace in such a way that makes it difficult to leave. Though little action, its line of narrative through conversations of retellings make it compelling to the point of obsession. There are hints of escape, yet such escape is still threaded at a distance only to be coiled back in by the central theme. Intriguing.
Jun 17, 2009 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MARVELOUS! The story rolls along like the Mediterranean, its easy to picture the characters against an unchanging backdrop of endless sun and sea. Emotional distance has never been so enthralling.
Jul 23, 2007 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book - one of my all-time favorites - (although I didn't read it in French...this site doesn't have an english version so I had to choose the French one)
Jul 19, 2009 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well not a lot goes on really. She sure keeps us interested but up until the bitter end I still hoped for the big pay-off but there really wasn't one.
Jun 21, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's not only the changes within a person, but a journey, both figuratively and actually.
Marc Dupuy
Oct 03, 2011 Marc Dupuy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marurite Duras dans tout sa beauté littéraire... Je redécouvre le Marin de Gibraltar, et toujours aussi séduit par son style unique !
Jan 08, 2010 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Perfectly captures the feeling of post-WW II malaise. But, is that a good thing?
Mar 30, 2012 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A search for life!
A search for love.
A search for identity.
Stef Onthesea
Jul 27, 2011 Stef Onthesea rated it liked it
Very beautiful story. A flavor of sailing and love.
Clemente Jacques
if you can, read this one in french. is Fantastic!
Jan 03, 2010 Amina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's no Ravishing of Lol Stein, but I liked it.
Ester Silva
Aug 09, 2013 Ester Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O meu livro preferido de sempre....5* é pouco!
Apr 07, 2013 0027310887 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my new favourite book
Sep 09, 2009 Helena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
marguerite duras universe at her best.
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Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras (pronounced [maʀgəʁit dyˈʁas] in French) (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996) was a French writer and film director.

She was born at Gia-Dinh, near Saigon, French Indochina (now Vietnam), after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony.

Marguerite's father fell ill soon after their arrival,
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“Anna sonunda dönüp bana baktı.
-Ya öyküyü baştan sona ben uydurduysam, dedi.
-Tümünü mü?
-Evet tümünü.
Aramızdaki şeyler kaçınılmaz hale geliyordu. Bana sanki bunu söylemiş gibi oldu.
-Bu pek bir şeyi değiştirmez, dedim...”
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Hayır, dedi, bunu anlatmıyorum...Her şey herkese anlatılmaz...”
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