Friday, June 11, 2010

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

This is the story of a young French girl in 1930s Indochina and her affair with an older Chinese man. I love how it is written - recollections of a woman looking back on her youth - moments in time. Sometimes those moments are full memories, but other times they are just abstract images or ideas. This is very easy to read and semi-autobiographical, which makes it all the more compelling. From what I understand there is a bit of debate as to how closely this mirrors Duras' youth - she was born in Indochina and moved to France at 17.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PQ2607.U8245 A62613 1997
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Lisa Champ, Gift Recorder, University Advancement
Rating: Highly Recommended

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