Release Date: January 18, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Amazon.com
A sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entriesbasis, n. There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face. How does one talk about love? 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? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.
The Lover’s Dictionary represents all the things that I have come to love and expect from David Levithan. It’s short. only about 200 pages, and it took be an hour to read it. But on every page between the covers is beauty. The writing is sparse, but manages to capture the emotions of love as well as anyone can.
While I was reading I kept trying to mentally bookmark my favorites words, but it became impossible very quickly, because I loved them all. David Levithan is fast becoming my favorite writer and the simple, but brilliant prose of this book only drives that point home.
I really suggest that you read The Lover’s Dictionary. It won’t take you long, and it will likely make you appreciate your relationships, and…your world. This is a little, powerful book that I recommend.
I wanted to leave you with a quote from the book, but it was nearly impossible to pick so I just opened the book and typed the one I landed on…: