Hailed in France as "an incomparable pleasure," Marguerite Duras's 1991 novel is a spare, beautiful retelling of the dramatic experiences of her own adolescence. More daring and truthful than any book she wrote previously -- including The Lover, it emphasizes the realities of her youth in Indochina and reveals much that her earlier works concealed.
The veteran French author, who scored a considerable success with The Lover, here zeroes in much more closely on the passionate affair between her young self, a French teenager at a school in Indo-China in the early 1930s, and the spoiled young son of a Chinese millionaire. Beginning as bare notes toward a film script (Duras wrote the script for Hiroshima, Mon Amour), the story quickly takes on its own intense, exotic flavor. The febrile sexuality of the young girls at the school, the languid emotionalism of the Chinese lover, the splendid cars, the melancholy American dance music, the open roads across the rice paddies under wide rainy skies, the cinemas and nightclubs, and finally the ocean liner that takes her tragic family back to F'rance-Duras evokes all this with the utmost economy but the most telling atmospheric force. No doubt her lean, haunting prose reads even more beautifully in the original French, but Duras's story is so powerfully imagined (or remembered) that its blend of passion and cynicism lingers like a strong perfume. Irresistible for grownup romantics.
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Primitive language. Is it due to the translation or because it is written that way. Did not even finish it.Published 6 days ago by Reva
Best, brilliant, simple and touching beyond reason. I believe it doesn't require adding more. I strongly recommend the novel, although it is definately a book for adults, not only... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Aleksandra
I recommend you watch first the movie with Jane March and Tony Leung.
From what I understand, Duras wrote "The Lover," which was later made into the movie... Read more
Marguerite Donnadieu, who adopted the pen name "Duras" from the name of a small village in southwestern France, was born in what was once called French Indochine, and now is more... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by John P. Jones III
I fell in love with the movie which drew me to the book. I have never been so moved. This is a love story that will stay with you forever.Published on June 18, 2012 by A. Nicholson
I'd read some reviews before reading this "novel", and I thought I was prepared for the sparse style Duras employed, but that did not turn out to be the case; I found her writing... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Smilin Sam
This is an excellent book if you want to know what it was like to fall in love in another time. Duras writing enables you to feel like you are walking the same streets and riding... Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by BookLover21