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A Lover's Discourse (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 4 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099437422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099437420
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Love, here, is a state of the imagination, with the lover desperate to interpret the dire ambiguities inseparable from his role. This is a speculative book, and a melancholy one, an exploration of the idiom of anxiety. Barthes's love is a passion in the old, suffering sense of the word" (Observer)

"May be the most detailed, painstaking anatomy of desire that we are ever likely to see or need again... All readers will find something they recognize in Barthes' recreation of the lover's fevered consciousness: The book is an ecstatic celebration of love and language and...readers interested in either or both...will enjoy savouring its rich and dark delights" (Washington Post Book World)

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'A kind of mercurial elegy... Some extraordinary passion leaks through Barthes' lucid prose' Peter Ackroyd, Spectator

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A very heady and intense book. It overpowers you and wraps you within the needy and vicelike read of the narrator's psyche.

If you have loved and lost, or are falling in love, it is bittersweet and heartrending, and at once soothes your pain and inflames it with fresh, emergent reminders of the incoherence of emotion.

It is a very self-indulgent read - and not in a bad way. Something to read on your own, in private, and to take meaningful pauses at every other sentence or so to wonder about your own life and memories...
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Love never ceases to be defined, analyzed, intellectualized, talked about and written about. Why? Because it is one of the greatest drives and sources of inspiration.
In A Lover's Discourse, Roland Barthes dissects and studies love in many various fragments. it is mostly the pains of love, the infatuation, the jealousy, the martyrdom, the suffering, the obsession and the elevation of the beloved that he takes up with an almost scientific detachment.
The reader will recognize very well love's different aspects and mechanisms.

Joyce Akesson, author of Majnun Leyla: Poems about Passion, The Invitation and Love's Thrilling Dimensions.
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The definitive deconstruction of love. Every nuance of emotion, every detail of the painful process of falling in, being in, and letting go of love is covered. Beguiling in its simplicity this is a perfect way of dissecting every bewildering moment that being human means - after all, we have all fallen in love.
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This book was fabulous, and it has changed me in a way few, if any, other books ever have. Barthes' insight is eerie sometimes, as you find yourself reading a passage and thinking, "How did he know exactly the way I feel?" The style is a bit unusual, and some people may find it difficult, but the sheer weight of his observations can't help but touch you. I recommend it to anyone who ever has been in love or has been loved - after reading it, you will never be the same.
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I don't think you should attempt to read this without being well-versed in Barthian discourse and theory, and if you don't know Goethe's SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER, you must also read that beforehand. In fact your cultural capital must be pretty elevated before you venture upon A LOVER'S DISCOURSE, and it should be French too - Flaubert, Diderot, Chateaubriand... Then, and only then will you find this book supremely rewarding.
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This is perhaps Barthes at his most playful as he anatomises the textuality of love. Love, he asserts, is articulated, expressed and performed via a series of 'codes' or an 'image repertoire' - and his analysis takes in not just the individual and the personal (noted by initials in the margins) but the universal and general as depicted in narratives from Plato to Lacan via Goethe, Balzac and Proust, to name just a few.

Despite the mischievous postmoderness, this is also very good on the cruel deceptions of our self-told love stories and is perhaps Barthes at his most human and accessible.
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As a learner of Semiotics, my attention was attacted by Barthes.R.
Among the books written by him, such as Mythology, A Lover's Discourse, Semiotics, Critics and Truth and so on, this one is quite unique in representing his theoretical ideas on Cultural study and Linguistics.
Apart from the insightful feeling and analysis he makes, one could know more as involved in love.
Enjoy yourself with these worthful lines!
I bet u'll consider that it deserves~
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