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Love, Again Hardcover – 1 Apr 1996

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; First Edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060176873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060176877
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,254,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling, large and often marvelously funny...a deeply satisfying book.""-- Boston Globe""Brilliantly illuminates the many and various facets of a phenomenon as familiar--and deeply strange--as falling in love.""-- Wall Street Journal""She has revealed that brilliant kernel at the heart of it all that we recognize as the truth."-- Francine Prose, " Washington Post Book World""An exhilarating and disquieting meditation on old age and romantic love."-- "The Nation""Lessing is a contemporary George Eliot, an intellectual whose imgaination is firmly grounded in the sensual life and the natural world."-- "Kirkus Review" (starred review)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Love, Again' is the story of Sarah Durham, a sixty-year-old producer and founder of a leading fringe theatre, who commissions a play based on the journals of Julie Vairon, a beautiful and wayward nineteenth-century mulatto woman. The play captivates all who come into contact with it, and dramatically changes the lives of all who take part in it. For Sarah, the change is profound – she falls in love with two younger men, one after the other, causing her to relive her own stages of growing up, from immature and infantile love (the beautiful and androgynous Bill) to the mature love, Henry.

'Love, Again' is a fierce and compelling examination of the nature and origins of love, of its remorseless ability to overwhelm and surprise us.

"This is a grand novel, boldly hewn, more literary than it declares, and yielding the occasional swooning glimpse of beauty. An encounter with a magnificent mind and temperament in artistic maturity, capable of turning her equal gaze on George Eliot"
CANDIA MACWILLIAM, 'Independent on Sunday'

"Lessing's mixture of passionate involvement and the capacity to stand back and take a long look at what was going on, or will go on, is unlike that of any novelist writing now, except perhaps Saul Bellow, and the late Anthony Burgess. 'Love, Again' grips, maddens, depresses and excites the reader from the first page to the last"
A.S.BYATT, 'The Times'

"If the nineteenth-century novel played down sex and elevated a love that could not confess its nature, and if the twentieth century has reversed this, then Lessing here achieves the great synthesis. By restoring love to the centre of the novel, Lessing has written a book that readers will love; a novel that Stendhal and Colette would have been proud to have written"
ALLAN MASSIE, 'Scotsman'

"A marvellously absorbing novel"
KATE KELLAWAY, 'Observer'

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I have read most of Doris Lessings books, and they have always meant a lot to me. She writes with an honesty that I have only found in a few other authors. (Axel Sandemose is another).I read "Marta Quest" in my teens, and it helped me understand a lot of things. Now I read "Love, again" book as a middle-aged woman, and I got the same feeling of having learned something about myself, and of not being alone. It is an unusual book about love. It is not only about relationships but about the feeling of love itself.
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I read this book many years ago, while in my thirties. Coming back to it 20 years later has given me much pleasure and also a different perspective from my first reading. As always with Doris Lessing, the writing is perfect, the characterisation utterly realistic and the novel brims with intelligence. Still a great read.
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I must admit that I found this book hard going. I was more than half way through it before I began to wonder what might happen to the characters. The main character, Sarah, is a woman of 60 who mixes in theatrical circles, the book is full of literary quotes and references which I didn't recognise, and Sarah seems absorbed in self-analysis for too much of the time.
The book does have some telling insights into how it feels to be infatuated with someone, and how it feels to be depressed. There are also some beautiful descriptions of nature. Little bits of it will stay with me, but it doesn't make me want to read any of her other books.
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