Marguerite Duras Style always reveals something of one’s survival strategies. In the end, The Lover is a work of art more than it is a memoir. It is lyrical yet also ambiguous, sad and threatening – I like the Jean Rhys comparison, Ah, yes, I imagine reading this as a teenager would be kind of empowering/enlightening. I loved this book when I read it ….the prose is beautiful in French . It has been translated into 43 languages and was awarded the 1984 Prix Goncourt. In the final scene, she tells us that the Chinese Man is visiting France and has telephoned her. Please try again. Surprisingly, the affair does not terribly worry the mother, who sees it as a means to an end: her daughter’s lover is wealthy, so he may be able to help the impoverished family with money. It’s a wonderfully moody piece, very much about a young woman discovering her manipulative powers. Annaud and his collaborators have got all of the physical details just right, but there is a failure of the imagination here; we do not sense the presence of real people behind the attractive facades of the two main actors. By Marguerite Duras The Perennial Collection - The Lover ((Reissue)) [Paperback] Marguerite Duras. The Notes on the Author, by Louise Tucker helped me to get things into perspective. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. In total the film received a total of 3,156,124 admissions in France, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of the year. The Lover himself was a shadowy figure, almost a cipher, though his strained relationship with his father came over well. The Lover (French: L'Amant) is a 1992 erotic drama film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. A constant companion novel throughout my life. This sounds like it has a lot more to it. The clothes she wears are enough to show. As an entry in that genre, The Lover is more than capable, and the movie is likely to have a long life on video as the sort of sexy entertainment that arouses but does not embarrass." The torture of memory is erosion. Duras brings this to us in her treatment of time: as malleable, as object; to be held up and looked at as facets and contradictions all at once. Paperback. Ravaged.”. This book truly is a book that can change one’s idea of what great writing is about. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2017. "[19] Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French Indochina. 31 offers from £10.11. Ravaged.”. She was a part of the underground in France and had an “affair” with a German officer to get information. There are two published versions of The Lover: one written in the form of an autobiography, without any superimposed temporal structures, as the young girl narrates in first-person; the other, called The North China Lover and released in conjunction with the film version of the work, is in film script form, in the third person, with written dialogue and without internal monologue. So begins Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, an evocative and sensual novel about a young girl’s affair with a man 12 years her senior, which was first published in 1984. ( Log Out /  The film was a box office success in France taking in 626,891 admissions its opening weekend, playing in a total of 229 theaters. It was nominated for the 1992 Academy Award for Best Cinematography[13] Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It was a ber6 short book but it was very captivating and made my visit to The Love House very meaningful. Her lover is portrayed by actor Tony Leung Ka-fai.[4][3]. Every day after school, the girl goes to his room. The mother often goes through periods of despair — I suspect an undiagnosed clinical depression — and locks herself away, despondent and unable to properly care for her family. The memory is held up in the very moment of its reclamation and loss, all at once. Duras published The Lover[1] when she was 70, fifty-five years after she met Léo, the Chinese man of her story (she never revealed his surname). Instead, it is like picking up two ends of cloth, one on each side, raising them together in the same moment, drawing them to each other, to fold and fold. I recommend anyone cruising the Mekong to read this first! Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. 9/10. There is a dreamlike quality to the prose that is reminiscent of Clarice Lispector's "Near to the Wild Heart" or "A Beautiful Young Woman" by Julian Lopez. They say it’s a Chinese, the son of the millionaire, the villa in Mekong with the blue tiles. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. I think it would be very interesting to read her along side Jean Rhys. [9] According to Annaud and MGM studio, it was the first Western film to be shot in the country since the reunification of the country in 1975. Apparently Marguerite Duras later wrote a longer version of this same (semi-autobiographical) story; but The Lover has not made me eager to read that follow-up. However, the sluggish aspects of the book eventually made it a bit difficult for me to get to the ending with speedish delight. MGM appealed after cutting three minutes of the film. Despite this added tension, the affair continues passionately. The daughter of a bitter, fearful, poverty-stricken French family, living in a rural area, the girl is a pretty waif who wears an old linen dress and a fedora, and paints her lips bright red when out of her mother's sight. To try to touch what one remembers is to have some of it come off on your fingers, leaving the object itself forever altered. An interesting, difficult book of loving, self loathing, and reaction to a life of poverty as a European family in Indochina as it was. I think I did, but it was a long time ago. Unable to add item to List. But sex isn't dignified — it's messy and playful and abandoned. [5] To find the actress who would play the girl, Annaud advertised in multiple cities in the United States and the United Kingdom, visited drama schools, and watched television. The film made its theatrical debut on 22 January 1992, with an English release in the United Kingdom in June and in the United States in October of the same year. [9] In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he stated that the "best colonial hotel" offered "rats as big as this running through the corridors, spiders everywhere, and no air conditioning, of course. Don’t tell me that hat’s innocent, or the lipstick, it all means something, it’s not innocent, it means something, it’s to attract attention, money. The narrative structure seemed confusing, rambling and repetitive, the metaphors were often clumsy (though that might have been the fault of the translation), and the characters felt two-dimensional, with the possible exception of the girl's (off-stage) mother. The following day, he waits for her outside her boarding school and takes her to the room in the Chinese quarter that he uses for entertaining mistresses. After its completion, the film was first screened in Saigon where it was well received by the "morally minded" guests. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 November 2019. At the 1993 César Awards in France, the film was nominated for seven awards, and won the Award for Best Original Music.

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