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Making Love: A Novel Hardcover – February 27, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; First Edition edition (February 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565848535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565848535
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,342,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Between freezing and fever, rupture and fusion, beauty and destruction, [Making Love] seduces, haunts, and ensnares. -- Télérama

Toussaint has gathered all of his gifts. A work of artistry that should assure his fame. -- Le Monde

About the Author

Jean-Philippe Toussaint was born in 1957 in Brussels. He has written five previous novels, including Monsieur and The Bathroom. Translator Linda Coverdale's most recent translation for The New Press is The Absolute Perfection of Crime. She won the French American Foundation's Translation Prize in 1997. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In Jean-Phillippe Toussaint's world, the details matter. The author of _Monsieur_ as well as _The Bathroom_, Toussaint excels when cleverly describing situations in agonizing detail, with all the skill of an artful rendering or a classic oil painting. There are no whirlwhinds of action, barroom brawls or car chases. The action in _Making Love_ occurs in scenes involving dropped umbrellas, inconvenient faxes, and missed taxis. A couple has drifted apart, and their relationship will apparently end in Japan. An ultramodern Tokyo provides the sterile spaces against which the drama is played out. The narrator carries a bottle of hydrochloric acid with him at all times. What will he do? Will he toss it in the face of a stranger? His girlfriend? The female protagonist, a prickly conundrum, cries and sulks. As their worlds seem to crumble around them, the couple tumbles through a landscape of outer calm and inner turmoil. As the reader comes to finish the novel, he realizes that Toussaint has made himself a hero of sorts, simply through the molding of his bleakly wonderful creation.

What a marvelous novel. While _Making Love_ has none of the humor of _The Bathroom_ or _Monsieur_ (both are recommended), it remains a worthwhile read for Toussaint's gifted description of lives coming apart.
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