Published by Farrar on January 4, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
I read The Lover’s Dictionary for Courtney’s (Abducted by Books) Levithan Love-a-thon! You should totally check out her post and join in on the Levithan fun!
What I Thought…
- The Lover’s Dictionary is the most uniquely formatted book I’ve ever read. The story is told through entries in a dictionary of sorts. I really liked the definitions and how Levithan utilized the words in ways that I never would have thought of.
- The Lover’s Dictionary is a quick read, coming in at 211 pages with many of those pages only half full. That doesn’t make the book any less though. The words and definitions are powerful. The writing in The Lover’s Dictionary is very smooth and even though they tell a story it is easy to find quotes that apply to you and not just to the story in the book.
- The narrator of The Lover’s Dictionary doesn’t have a name, which in most cases would bother me, but I didn’t really care about the story so it didn’t matter. I can’t even really tell you much about the story because I found it to be a bit choppy. I don’t know if it was because I was more into the definitions or because the main “story” was a bit broken but I didn’t care one way or another what the outcome of the relationship would be.
- The Lover’s Dictionary is a book I would recommend to almost anyone, even if it’s just to glance at a few of the definitions.
Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.”
Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
“There are things I miss,” you said. “But if I didn’t have you, I’d miss more.”