The Lover

The Lover

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The Lover is a sorrowful romantic novel by Marguerite Dumas about the interracial love affair between a French girl and a Chinese man in a time when French influence in Vietnam is weakening. This book won France's Prix Goncourt award.

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What the community says about The Lover

  • Nathan Hawkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great period/historical piece of writing that has lessons and relivancy still today. Interesting topic and very detailed. "
  • Doris Sun
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Lover is a novel about a 15 year old French girl and her 27 year old pedophilia lover in unstable pre war Vietnam. It is a book of stony silence, of a family that can't express emotion. While the book has its problems it still manages to draw the reader in enough to be dignified as great literature."
  • Sophia Li
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This novel is a compelling and bittersweet tale of love among differences of race and culture. It gives an eye opening look into little things people who pair with similar backgrounds may not experience, and for that, I appreciate it. The writing is a bit flat, and more emotional than visual, but what it says is more important than how it's said."
  • George Miller
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Wonderful display of forbidden love found and lost.I will definitely recommend it!!"
  • Jack Bailey
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I am a french woman and so I was very excited to read this novel. It is so good! I thought the story was very beautiful and written so good. I just kept on reading and reading and now that I am done with the book I hope there is a sequel!"
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  • Anthony Wade
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I'm not all too impressed with this one, sadly. That's not exactly to say it's bad, it's not. It's just middle of the road and there's much better out there to invest your time into."
  • Laura Coleman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The book mentioned in the solution is a good book for the topic at hand. I don't like romance books but this book sounds interesting to read. I would give it a chance to read it."
  • Guillermina Salinas
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I don't feel this book really falls under people of color. I think it looks interesting though."
  • Christian Payne
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "There was very little enjoyment in this book. While it was thought provoking and touching considering the trouble the French woman had to go through to be with her Chinese lover, focusing on the negative to the extent this book did just felt off putting. The tone was set, we felt the pain and emotion but it just kept going in the same way for a long time. "
  • Grace Perkins
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love books with interracial romance and this provides that! You got good old fashioned mixing happening right here folks."
  • Dylan Weaver
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Lover is a book that used to be my mom's but I somehow ended up with it and I remember reading it as a kid. It is a good book and has all the great elements like mystery and romance that make a book great for reading alone."
  • Alan Thompson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "look okay could not find anything regarding Esquire"
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