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Un amore senza fine

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  3,300 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Fra i romanzi più celebrati degli ultimi decenni, 'Un amore senza fine' è forse il libro più potente che mai sia stato scritto sull’amore giovanile. Trascinante, furioso, di forte ed esplicito erotismo, racconta la storia di due ragazzi, David Axelroad e Jade Butterfield, e della discesa agli inferi di un amore assoluto e devastante.
Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published June 25th 2015 by Sellerio (first published 1979)
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Josué G. Malpica Absolutely. Page number 39 or 42, I think, that is quite a boner to be with.

The way it is written is just awesome. I am currently reading it in page…more
Absolutely. Page number 39 or 42, I think, that is quite a boner to be with.

The way it is written is just awesome. I am currently reading it in page 101.

I finished last month, in Sep 27th, I think.
I have to say that it is truly a fascinating story that catches you from the first page. I enjoyed the reading of this book, especially the grief of a love so intense it looks more like an obsession.
As a non-native speaker of the English language, this was truly a joy to read because, not only was it a challenge, but also I enjoyed the scent of teen affair.(less)
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mark monday
man, this book. this book! this is the second intense reading experience I've had in a row. do you like "intense reading experiences"... and by that I mean a narrative that unspools from one feverish narrator and that deals primarily with escalated, deeply emotional highs & lows? if you do, then this is your book. the book is all David Axelrod, all the time. that boy has the fever, for real.

it doesn't start off in an escalated state. one of the most striking things about the novel is how muc
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana

Storia d’amore senza fine e film indimenticabile: “Casablanca”, 1942. Qui Ingrid Bergman/Ilse e Humphrey Bogart/Rick all’aeroporto nella scena finale.

L’amore è forse un sentimento semplice, di quelli dove sembra sempre che uno più uno faccia due: ma, certo, non è un sentimento facile da vivere.
E non è un sentimento facile da vivere perché arde agita sconvolge tempesta, carica d’impeto desiderio passione impazienza...
È un sentimento che consuma
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't knock it 'til you've read it--the movie doesn't hold a candle to the book. Scott Spencer blew me away. Depicts first love, er,.. obsession, perfectly. I want to believe this book was a catharsis for him, and only those who have experienced loss of love, or have had a misunderstanding of mature love, can really be impacted by the book. He brings to the surface the insanity we have all experienced in relation to our first (and perhaps second? Third?!) loves. After reading the very last page, ...more
Aishu Rehman
Absolutely a literary masterpiece, written with precision and pure talent by an author who defies description, a writer who can create character, thought, situation, depth, and who has a true sense of time and place. And above all, he can create passion. He opens the door and lets us "live" that passion, along with David. This is an unusual love story, and it will capture the reader who is tenacious enough to hold on through some very heavy (long and wordy) passages. I was engaged in the author' ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non è niente, se non due eguali

“Non l'ho scritto e ancor meno letto/Il libro dell'essere mio, semicelato sempre/A chi in un bacio scorge/L'informe oscurità vorace di un abisso/ Come potei pensare che i brevi anni bastassero/ad affermare la realtà d'un amore senza fine?” Delmore Schwartz

Amore e follia; amarsi alla follia. Quale amore giovane non è segnato dalla pazzia? Appena esplode, è un'ossessione oscura e incontrollabile, appena nasce, è un inabissarsi di corpi e sensazioni e energie. Intensa
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
I used to believe that there is no such thing as an endless love. After reading this book, however, I certainly know better. I can no longer be cynical about it: endless love is, indeed, possible.

If two blind men play tennis, there'll be an endless love. Create an insane character like David Axelrod here, and you'll also have someone who endlessly loves.

No wonder a woman's heart is broken every second. All women like endless loves with endless lovers not realizing that they can only have one wit
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Non quei bei stampati di tipo antico che di solito usa la gente

Che una casa editrice importante possa permettere che un libro sia pubblicato con errori di grammatica come “bei stampati” mi mette già di cattivo umore. Questo gioiellino si trova a fine libro, ma l’insofferenza personale nei confronti del romanzo di Spencer (o Scott?) e insorta fin dall’inizio. Quello che mi ha disturbato per tutte le interminabili 500 pagine è la sensazione di leggere l’ennesimo libro scritto a cottimo, un tanto a
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-american
l'unico film veramente bello di jim carrey venne tradotto in italia con un cacchio di titolo che non si può sentire e non starò qui a citare. quello originale, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, lo splendore eterno della mente senza macchia - un verso di eloisa to abelard di alexander pope, per richiamare già due che conobbero la passione più sfrenata - era effettivamente poco portabile da noi come argomento di conversazione: metti anche solo pronunciare quel groviglio di dentali, liquide e ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

If endless love was a dream, then it was a dream we all shared - the dream of never dying or of travelling through time, and if anything set me apart it was not my impulses but my stubbornness, my willingness to take the dream past what had been agreed upon as the reasonable limits, to declare that this dream was not a feverish trick of the mind but was an actuality at least as real as that other, thinner, more unhappy illusion we call normal life.

David Axelrod's account of his passion for Jad
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to soul-search and examine lives; People interested in psychology

David Axelrod is in love. Deeply, deeply in love with Jade, a girl who lives in his neighborhood. He is 17 and she is 16. And her parents are hippies, so free and open that they welcome David into their home and into their hearts. He spends hours and hours there. Then he starts sleeping there. Then they buy him a double bed that he and Jade share. Isolated in this family environment and in their love for each other, Jade and David spend endless hours talking, making love, and staring
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Vedo il tuo volto, ti vedo, ti vedo, in ogni posto ti vedo

Pensavo che "Un amore senza fine" fosse un Harmony, storia d'amore tormentata con lieto fine d'obbligo, ed ero già pronto a scappare a gambe levate.

Invece l'ho iniziato, scettico, dando fiducia a recensioni particolarmente interessanti. E... beh, mi sono proprio dovuto ricredere.

Il sentimento che viene descritto nel romanzo è assoluto, trascinante, ossessivo, unico. I due ragazzi, David e Jade, si amano di un amore troppo forte, troppo es
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In certe storie d’amore c’è chi distrugge l’altro"

David e Jade sedicenni si innamorano.
E detto così... nulla di più naturale.
Si amano, son giovani e spensierati... vien da dire: "Beati loro!"

E invece... questo amore non ha quasi nessuna caratteristica dell'amore giovanile.
È un amore esente da leggerezza e spensieratezza, si compone piuttosto di ossessione e dipendenza.
Un amore tossico, che come un incendio brucia, divora e risucchia tutti coloro che ne entrano in contatto.
È un amore che lascia
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This is either a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 star book. Seriously, I would understand any one of these ratings. It is about one young man's obsessive (to say the least) relationship with his high school girlfriend. I'd give a "1" for character likeability. Every character is seriously screwed up/deranged/sick in the head, with the possible exception of David's mother. I wish we saw a little more of his parents' relationship because, as Jewish Communists in the late 60s, they are pretty damn interesting. I' ...more
May 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved this book. A nice primer on love and sex. It's a great portrait of obsession. Mesmerizing prose.

I remember getting a scornful look from Mrs. Bendick for passing it around freshman English when we were supposed to be discussing the similarities/differences of "Romeo vs. Juliet" and "West Side Story." How could I not share that crazed, blood-soaked lovemaking scene with everyone? So much more interesting than Rita Moreno dancing on rooftops!

I try to read it every couple of year
Jun 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking. I expected a lightweight story of teenage love; instead, I read a dark tale of delirium and reckless obsession.
As a constant reader, it’s always a magical moment when one particular book stands out from the rest. It happens every so often and it was certainly the case with Endless Love. It saddens me whenever I discover a book too many years too late. This book was published in 1979 and I probably would have been more shocked reading it during my younger years. I feel maybe I read it at the right time in my life. I'm still young enough to identify with this story, but old enough to be wise in seeing how ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970-present, prose
I'd seen the horrific Zeffirelli film several years ago, and had no idea it was loosely based on this novel, because I didn't know this novel existed until a couple of my GR friends added it to their shelves. It sounded interesting, and quite unlike the movie, so I thought I'd read it.

To its credit, I managed to read Endless Love fairly quickly, so it wasn't intolerable. The book is, not so much to its credit, consistently tedious, because David Axelrod is just a tedious character and reading p
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book only moments ago. It feels like I sustained some kind of wound. The emotional intensity, made more acute after (sometimes long) periods of lull, replicate exactly the mania of obsessiveness. I was drawn in by the prose, which was just this side of popular fiction, having heady ideas and great turns of phrase, artful syntax, but so readable with nothing to break the story's spell. I was drawn in and kept there by the emotion, emotion associated with the unbridled highs of you ...more
It's nearly thirty years since I first read Endless Love . Now when I pick it up, I notice an awkward sentence, an odd rhetorical decision that wasn't visible to me in 1982, but still I love everything about this bighearted book.

Read this book, and if you can, recommend other books that evoke first love so powerfully or seem to understand how dangerous it can be when you've never wanted anything in your life as much, and you feel out of control, off balance and utterly devoted.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Allora capii che ero entrato a far parte della vasta comunità dei condannati, uomini e donne: l'amore s'era contorto in me precipitandomi in un caos".
Il lungo racconto di questo amore e delle sue infauste conseguenze viene narrato dal protagonista, David, e inizia con una distruzione, compiuta attraverso l'ineluttabile simbolo della passione: il fuoco. Fuoco che arde e si diffonde, fuoco che si autoalimenta e si dirama, incessante, fuoco che divampa e tutto brucia, tutto spazza via.
È la storia
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite quotes from Endless Love:

"I was totally victimized by the irrational navigation of my unconscious."

"I was, I knew then, a member of a vast network of condemned men and women: romance had taken a wrong turn within me and led me into mayhem."

My Two Cents: This is a classic book which has been reviewed by hundreds, if not thousands of readers and admired by the most credible book reviewers and magazines. So, instead of composing a traditional review, I'm choosing to blog about the impressi
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quanto mi è piaciuto, quanto mi sono sentita risucchiata dalla storia, tirata dentro per i capelli, coinvolta dalla vicenda dell’amore adolescenziale di David per Jade, un amore che si trasforma in un folle motivo di vita che trascina David in un baratro di azioni drammatiche, distruttive ed autodistruttive, negli USA yuppie, psichedelici e alternativi a cavallo degli anni Settanta.
Più di tutto ho amato la fisicità con cui è scritto il testo: sono continui i riferimenti al corpo, a come il corpo
Paul Dinger
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book twice and each time it has gotten better. My ex tells me it is newer version of Wuthering Heights which is a book we both admire, I strongly disagree while conceding she does have a point. Jade is the love of David's life and losing her will cause him to burn down her house, and that is just the beginning of this wonderful book. Is it love or obession, what is the difference? Why is it that everyone connected to this sees it as something that dramatically changes their lives, bu ...more
Katherine McDermott
I've never felt so strongly about a book that I felt the need to write a review. I don't understand how this book has such great ratings. It is so slow and so boring. 70% of it is just David's inner ramblings that are irrelevant and horribly uninteresting. There are no actual plot points in the beginning that even remotely grabbed my attention. When I saw the great reviews and was reading the book, I really thought I had downloaded the wrong book. This book was just boring from start to finish. ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not naturally disposed towards this sort of stuff: the realist or "quasi-realist" novel. My bookshelf brims with philosophy and poetry. I consume articles on the bus and essays before bed. I seldom read to escape, almost never to just "have fun," and I strongly believe in that old adage that truth is often stranger than fiction. So I wasn't expecting to like Endless Love, let alone be blown away by it. But for some reason—and whether this reason is objective or subjective or both is somethin ...more
Laura Plybon
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this now as an adult, I realize it's a completely different novel than what I read as a teenager. As an 18 year old reader, this book was about love and finding a way to be with a person you loved. As an adult, this book is about living with the consequences of actions that can't be undone, struggling with the burden of emotional attachment at a young age... a lot of things. Adult themes, the least of them the sexuality that was hyped for the cheesy movie they made of this book. The n ...more
Cynthia Collu
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
La storia: un amore adolescenziale si trasforma in un rapporto delirante, quello che in maniera più romantica viene definito”Amour fou”. In effetti qui siamo in una situazione border line, c’è qualcosa d’insano, eppure di meraviglioso, in quello che David e Jade provano l’uno per l’altra.
Lui appartiene a una famiglia di rigidi comunisti: lei a una sconclusionata famiglia hippy, di cui David s’innamora volendo dolorosamente diventarne membro. All’inizio pare riuscirci ma poi, per motivi che verr
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
9/10, ma che tristezza!
triste, triste, disperato, esagerato, commovente, malinconico. Un amore tossico, scrive qualcuno, devastante, che lascia solo rovine dietro di sé, che distrugge tutto quello che tocca.
Sono felice di averlo finito, non potevo andare avanti ancora a lungo; è come salire una montagna altissima con uno zaino pesante e trovare il rifugio chiuso, come correre una maratona e non trovare nessuno al traguardo.

Sì, c'è qualche lungaggine. Anche il famoso capitolo 14, l'avrei accor
Jun 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me feel like my skin was on backwards.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Axelroad, il protagonista narratore, è un brutto soggetto, il suo “amore senza fine” per Jade Butterfield è una brutta variante dell'amore, la loro notte di sesso lunga trentatré pagine - con il lettore voyeur che chiude più sfinito dei due - è esagerata e dunque brutta: ma nel suo insieme il romanzo sovrasta tutto, è bellissimo, con nota di merito speciale per la scrittura.
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Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initi
“The only things I regret, and the only things I'll ever regret are things I didn't do. In the end, that's what we mourn. The paths we didn't take. The people we didn't touch.” 121 likes
“It was a once in a lifetime thing. I hate to think it but I bet it's true. It's too bad for us that our once in a lifetime happened when were too young to handle it.” 76 likes
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