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The Lover by Marguerite Duras
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Sep 12, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: in-translation
Recommended to Katherine by: Maria Calandra
Read in July, 2008 , read count: 1

I learned that if you read 'The Lover' on the subway, men will look at you extra. Good to know.

Update: Having finished the book, what I admire most about it is Duras' combination of verge-of-lurid subject matter with an utterly deadpan tone of voice. The latter makes the former possible, and the combination creates an impression of a very complicated character, a bad-ass woman who probably carries more pain and other difficult feelings than we'll ever know. The tone here is like 'a tell-all that tells you, primarily, how much you'll never understand.' It's almost the Frenchest thing I can possibly imagine.
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