Love Remains Hardcover – 17 Jan 2000
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"When the future ended, Nicholas discovered, you left London and went to New York. Even at Christmas"... The opening lines of Glen Duncan's second novel, Love Remains, announce the enigma which lures the reader into this book. What is it in Nicholas's world that has come to an end, and what does it have to do with the worldly perversity of Mickey--the woman who moves him into a Manhattan apartment--and the student love story, told in flashback, which begins a few pages into the novel: "Six years earlier Nicholas had married Chloe". The five sections of the novel--"Love", "Blood", "Continue", "Water" and "Necessities"--present a numbingly truthful, sometimes ruthless, anatomisation of love, hate and sex between the two protagonists. At times, Duncan's probing reads like reportage, an account drawn up from a distance for a reader called upon to witness whatever it is that is about to happen; at others, the writing is full of effort and exhibition: "Breasts like appalled witnesses, blonde hair a smashed aureole on the pillow".
As the two plots begin to converge, however, that effort, its careful attention to the apparently mundane conversation between Nicholas and Chloe--Sunday morning conversation over the newspaper report of the new London Ripper, for example--begins to pay off. Described as a writer who can make the "ordinary remarkable", Duncan has managed to bring the commonplace strangeness of sexuality into contact with the different extremes of sexual violence in an uneasy, but finally compelling, novel. --Vicky Lebeau
About the Author
Glen Duncan's previously acclaimed novels are I, LUCIFER; LOVE REMAINS; and HOPE. He lives in South London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nick and Chloe marry early. They are in love. Then, one night and a horrendous act of violence changes everything. Nick leaves the country and winds up in New York. He is not the perpetrator of the violence, however, though his disappearing act does have a reason connected to what has happened to Chloe. It seems that Nick’s moral failures have all come home to roost and the milieu in which he finds himself in the apartment of an American woman is one of punishment and degredation.
The majority of the novel concerns what happens to Chloe and one is left with huge admiration for the way Duncan empathises and works through the horrors of the damage done to her. Duncan doesn’t just empathise, however, he gets to the real heart of the matter. This is a shockingly brave and terrific example of how to write about love. I was mesmerised and captivated. Duncan pulls you through it by virtue of his glorious use of language. He is supremely gifted and shockingly good. I am unwilling to make this review more specific in terms of the plot because one needs to come to this book knowing nothing about it. Expectations will be met, you can trust me on that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glen Duncan has been on my list of favourite authors ever since I first heard of I, Lucifer. I then went on to read what was perhaps one of the most disturbing books I've ever... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shacklepants
Dark and quirky, fabulously written page-turner. A highly intelligent and insightful writer, but not for the sqeamish. I loved itPublished on 13 Oct. 2013 by sandra dingwall
This has to be one of the worst books I have every read. It's a complete waste of time. THe characters come across as complete drippy, boring, weak people who you couldn't give a... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2006 by Mr. G. Mcmurtrie
This book is one of the dirty beautiful things that simply needs to exist. It rebuilds faith in love at the same time as it rips at your soul. Read morePublished on 7 May 2006 by desborough
This is one of the most haunting,perceptive and well-written books I have read and it's also a real page-turner. Read morePublished on 22 July 2002 by Rachel Huguenin
Glen Duncan's "Love remains" reminded me of a mirror, that reflected even the darkest folders of human souls. Read morePublished on 31 July 2001