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The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
  

The Lover's Dictionary

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A cleverly constructed novel whose story is told through the device of the alphabet. From 'Aberrant' and 'Abstain' to 'Yesterday' and 'Zenith' the author explores the intimacies and workings of love through his namelss narrator to paint a highly original and deeply moving portrait of love in our time. Beautifully packaged too and a perfect 'gift' of love.

Synopsis

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

How does one talk about love? yearning, n./adj. At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect. 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. aberrant, adj. 'I don't normally do this kind of thing,' you said. 'Neither do I,' I assured you. And later it turned out we had both met people online before, and we had both slept with people on first dates before, and we had both found ourselves falling too fast before. But we comforted ourselves with what we really meant to say, which was: 'I don't normally feel this good about what I'm doing.' Measure the hope of that moment, that feeling. Everything else will be measured against it.

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'[An] inspired idea! both [narrator and partner] come wonderfully alive, emerging as complex, multidimensional human beings, happy and unhappy, ebullient and angry, sweet and sour, and so -- delightfully -- forth! accomplished artfully and satisfyingly.'
Michael Cart, Booklist (Starred Review)

About the Author

David Levithan

David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed young-adult novels, including Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Love is the Higher Law, and (along with Rachel Cohn) the New York Times bestselling Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which has been adapted into a popular movie. He is an editorial director at Scholastic in the US.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd February 2011

Author

David Levithan

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback

Categories

Relationship Stories
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ISBN

9780007377978

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