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4.0 out of 5 stars crazy love
I'm not sure it's possible to write a 'helpful' review of this difficult and striking novel. it certainly has the abstract resistant atmosphere of the nouveau roman. No real people or places here, only ideas, Lacanian ones, about love and the absence of love. There are some wonderful writerly moments, Duras's prose can be white hot, but how to write about such a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obtuse, and perhaps pretentious
Not recommended for an easy read. The narrative is incredibly opaque, and the book a difficult and not necessarily particularly rewarding read. Although one senses that Duras aims to thwart cultivation of meaning in the normal sense, the effect is that things are seemingly being 'said' for no reason.

Study of critical literature is needed to open the book out...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obtuse, and perhaps pretentious, 31 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Ravishing of Lol Stein (Paperback)
Not recommended for an easy read. The narrative is incredibly opaque, and the book a difficult and not necessarily particularly rewarding read. Although one senses that Duras aims to thwart cultivation of meaning in the normal sense, the effect is that things are seemingly being 'said' for no reason.

Study of critical literature is needed to open the book out beyond a first, confused reading. See Julia Kristeva's essay at the back of Soleil noir for guidance as to Duras' purpose.

The Lover (l'Amant) on the other hand, is a more immediately rewarding text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars crazy love, 10 Dec 2014
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terence dooley (camelford, cornwall United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Ravishing of Lol Stein (Paperback)
I'm not sure it's possible to write a 'helpful' review of this difficult and striking novel. it certainly has the abstract resistant atmosphere of the nouveau roman. No real people or places here, only ideas, Lacanian ones, about love and the absence of love. There are some wonderful writerly moments, Duras's prose can be white hot, but how to write about such a ravishing void as Lol V. Stein and keep the reader's interest. I lasted two thirds of the way then skipped. I lost patience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duras is a genius. "The Ravishing of Lol Stein" a stunner., 12 April 1999
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The protagonist in Lol Stein SEES her fiancee fall in love with another girl/woman. After this VISION which of course, is no vision but real, she rambles about it not being so late just the light makes it so and becomes a shut in and an eccentric.
Later in life she enjoys watching an old female friend meet with a suitor and one imagines to fix the first "GREAT" loss... then there is a melancholy end as Lol ceases to be a mere voyeur and gets caught up in life once again.
Poignant, astonishing, philosophical, emotional.
Duras is an amazing writer and I haven't read anything I could call "disappointing." Known so well for "The Lover" in my mind her better works are obscured by the late contemporary taste for such formulaic linear writing as Duras uses to great effect in "The Lover."
Lol Stein is a wonderful antiheroine trapped in the web of emotion, the impact of events, and the spell of sensuality, vision, and time.
A must read.
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