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This review is from: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - THE LOVER (Paperback)
Wandering around a bookshop at the age of 21 I came across a paperback with a shiny siler cover. It was The Lover by Marguerite Duras. I opened the book and read the first paragraph and was immediately captivated. I cannot praise this book enough. It is written in a 'stream-of-consciousness' style and draws the reader into another world, another time, another level of reality. I have bought and given this book away about 6 times - to men I thought would appreciate its literary qualities or, more usually, its depth of human emotion and how it says much more by what is left unsaid. I fell in love with the Vietnam of both the novel and the film (also available on Amazon). Even while earning a lowly secretary's wage, I began to save for a trip to Vietnam. At the age of 31 I made my trip to Vietnam and it was much more than everything I hoped it would be. This book is in my top 5 and is adorable. For anyone who wants to experience something totally different via a novel, in terms of location, history, style of writing and emotion, this is the novel for you. Enjoy...