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The North China Lover (Flamingo original) [Paperback]

Marguerite Duras
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5 Dec 1994 Flamingo original
This novel is a retelling of the dramatic experiences of the author's adolescence that have shaped her life and work. It emphasizes the harsh realities of her youth in Indochina, revealing much that her earlier works concealed, from the humiliations of poverty to the sexual turmoil of adolescence.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (5 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006547125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006547129
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Already acclaimed in France as 'an incomparable pleasure', and as her best book for many years, Marguerite Dura's new novel is a fascinating retelling of the dramatic experiences of her adolescence – as previously described in 'The Lover'.

The most daring and truthful book she has written, 'The North China Lover' emphasis the harsh realities of Dura's youth in Indochina, and reveals much that her earlier works concealed. Gone are the romantic and nostalgic readings of the past. Here are the humiliations and passions of the poverty-ridden world in which Duras grew up; the intense sexuality and the young girls who were her friends and classmates, a group of adolescents impatient for the experiences of adult life, but still caught up in the passions of childhood.

Described by French critics as a return to 'the Duras of the great books and the great days', 'The North China Lover' is an exciting and unexpected reading of the past life of a great European author.

'Everything is here, immediate, sensual. It's utterly stunning and diabolical.'

'One of the most sensitive, the most touching of stories. Delicate in its immodesty, tender in its cruelty.'

About the Author

Marguerite Duras was one of Europe’s most distinguished writers. The author of many novels and screenplays, she is perhaps best known outside France for her filmscript Hiroshima Mon Amour and her Prix Goncourt-winning novel THE LOVER, also filmed. Her other books include LA DOLEUR, BLUE EYES BLACK HAIR, SUMMER RAIN and THE NORTH CHINA LOVER. Born in Indochina in 1914, Marguerite Duras died in 1996.

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4.0 out of 5 stars youth and decay 9 Jun 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a wonderful re-work of her earlier novel, The Lover. Very sad, the story describes a youth, coming of age, that is set in a deteriorating colonial situation in Vietnam as well as a family in a crisis of addiction and mental illness. In the larger context, you really get a feeling for what it was like to live there then, as well as of the Asian and French colonial mentalities. In contrast to many contemporary French novels, which I usually find very difficult to understand given their willful obscurantism, while exotics the characters are very real and easy to identify with.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Duras when she's writing at her best 13 July 1999
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Gosh, this really is my favorite Marguerite Duras book. I've read it twice, and the last read- about three years ago- still is fresh in my mind. Duras's depiction of Indochina and the rice delta is dreamlike as it is erotic. Read this one outside with nature by a large body of water. (Alex Sydorenko, July 1999).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 15 Feb 2013
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beautifully written book. really poetic but also quite disturbing themes. arrived before expected arrival date and the condition of the book was very good. very good price as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service! 10 Feb 2013
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Book (2nd hand) arrived as expected and am very pleased with it. Would definitely purchase from awesome books again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper, the second time around... 4 Mar 2013
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 properly known as Vietnam. I first came by her work via her movie Hiroshima Mon Amour [DVD] [1959], which relates the love affair of a French woman and a Japanese man, both with the psychic scars from World War II. I even decided to visit the French town of Nevers, known for its peace and tranquility, where the French woman had had her head shaved for being a "collabo." With justification, Duras achieved considerable acclaim for her book, THE LOVER [The Lover ] BY Duras, Marguerite(Author)Paperback 08-Sep-1998, which I've read and reviewed at Amazon. Largely autobiographical, it relates her first love affair, which occurred in Indochine, in the early `30's. She is a poor French girl (no Grande Colone here), age 15, on her way from the town of Sadec, in the Mekong Delta, where her mother runs a school, back to her boarding school in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). On the ferry crossing a branch of the Mekong, she "catches the eye" of a rich Chinese ne'er-do-well, almost twice her age, in a black limousine. This novel repeats the SAME story told in THE LOVER [The Lover ] BY Duras, Marguerite(Author)Paperback 08-Sep-1998. It was written seven years after the first, and Duras says that she did it after she learned of his death which had occurred a few years before. Could a re-hashed story work the second time around? Read more ›
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