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The Lover, Wartime Notebooks, Practicalities (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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PRACTICALITIES: "A mind alive to the possibilities of human experience and of the word, and a writer with the courage to publish truly her experience as a woman." --Newsday
WARTIME NOTEBOOKS: "By turns ardent, raging, sensual and embittered. . . . A dreamlike, savage world, in which the great themes of love, war, and death found their most recklessly impassioned chronicler." --The Observer
THE LOVER: "An exquisite jewel of a novel, as multifaceted as a diamond, as seamless and polished as a pearl." --Boston Herald
About the Author
RACHEL KUSHNER is the author of Telex From Cuba (2008) and The Flamethrowers (2013), both of which were finalists for the National Book Award. Prior to becoming a novelist, she was an editor at both Grand Street and BOMB. She lives in Los Angeles.
- Publisher : Everyman's Library (November 14, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 504 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101907932
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101907931
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.23 x 1.12 x 8.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #506,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The volume itself is beautifully made and quite luxurious, with creamy paper and a lovely bookmark ribbon. I did find the print rather faint and difficult to read, but that may be more my aging eyes than the printing itself. If you don't have perfect eyesight, you might find yourself squinting and pulling the pages close to your face.
All in all, this is a lovely book of fiction and essays by a writer who lived like I always envisioned French women living during the wartime years.
Duras is a talented writer. The Lover is a well-written erotic novella, more sexy than explicit, and the Notebooks are quite interesting, but my favorite section was the collection of essays which covers a wide variety of topics such as alcohol, men, writers' bodies, photographs, house and home, the theatre, Hanoi. the red sofa and many others. I found these quite charming, short (to very short) pieces that reveal a keen wit and a sharp eye -- or maybe a keen eye and a sharp wit.
Everyman's Library always does a superb job and this is no exception.
The Lover is one of my favorite books of all time, a masterpiece of spare prose. It's under 100 pages, so it's not exactly a huge time commitment.
The Wartime Notebooks are a mixed bag. Some of the pieces feel fragmentary, but it's interesting to see the genesis of some of Duras' later works.
Practicalities is an interesting set of short pieces that were dictated and then later edited by Duras. It's the sort of thing you can dip in and out of.
The book is a very nice edition, with good quality paper and an attached ribbon bookmark.
Top reviews from other countries
They have quality binding; acid free paper; ribbon page markers; and a dust jacket. There are a great range of authors available in these editions, and they are very well priced.
You will find the Everyman's Library Classics Editions, great value for money.
Reviewed in India on August 31, 2021