Sunday, 24 November 2013

Review – The Lover’s Dictionary

The Lover’s Dictionary
David Levithan
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780374193683
Pages:  211
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Public Library
Literary Award: ALA Alex Award (2012)
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I enjoy very much Literary Fiction, especially if I can discern in it a great research behind each word chosen, and also if there’s some originality in the structure of the book. Novels  coming from the Oulipo movement, with Italo Calvino as one of his most famous followers, are definitely my favorite.
So it was a nice surprise to find a young writer trying his hand, or his pen, well, his keyboard, I should say, at a definitely original structure.

The Lover’s Dictionary is a love story, and it is a kind of dictionary. Instead of a regular narrative of what happened between the narrator and the girl he was in love with, he addresses her as he remembers, and chooses to follow the order of the alphabet and select  a few important words to allude to their relationship. For each word, what he proposes as the definition is actually snippets  reflecting on him or her, on how they met, fell in love, and struggled at times.
I liked very much the style, dense and succinct, more evocative than explanatory, that left space for  the mystery of each person in this love relationship.
The result is something touching, beautiful, but not all “cheap romance”.
If you are intrigued, come over to read a couple of quotations that particularly struck me.

And did you notice the beautiful simplicity of the book cover?

*Disclaimer - I checked out this book at my public library*
About the Author:
David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press. [Goodreads]

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds so interesting and unique! Can't wait to read it!


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