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The lover's dictionary : a love story in 185 definitions

By: Levithan, David

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United Kingdom
20 cm 211 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; London: Fourth Estate, 2011.

How does one talk about love? We are all beginners when it comes to love, from those tentative first dates to learning how to live with, or without, someone.

But how does one describe love? How does one chart its delights and pleasures, its depths and desolations?

Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves?

David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary starts where we all once started - with the alphabet. Constructing the story of a relationship as a dictionary, Levithan explores the intimacies and workings of love through his nameless narrator, to paint a moving portrait of love through everyday words.

Cleverly using the confines of language to provide an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being part of a couple, Levithan gives us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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