I went to my Goodreads shelves and looked at the books I have read or want to read that have the word schoolor learnin the title! It’s fun, I encourage you to do it.
The little summary of the first part got mingled with the presentation of a book, so here it is:
As I revisit the books I read with school/learn in the title, it really strikes me they all have to do with love. Actually, shouldn’t it be the very first goal of learning? How to love? Unfortunately, our current Western system of education does not seem to emphasize that part.
Let me know if you discovered something interesting doing the same experience for yourself
The Lover’s Dictionary By David Levithan Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pub. Date: 2011 ISBN: 9780374193683 Pages:211 Genre: Literary Fiction Source: Public Library Literary Award:ALA Alex Award (2012) Goodreads Buy Link
This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
I enjoy very much Literary Fiction, especially if I can discern in it a great research behind each word chosen, and also if there’s some originality in the structure of the book. Novels coming from the Oulipo movement, with Italo Calvino as one of his most famous followers, are definitely my favorite. So it was a nice surprise to find a young writer trying his hand, or his pen, well, his keyboard, I should say, at a definitely original structure.
The Lover’s Dictionary is a love story, and it is a kind of dictionary. Instead of a regular narrative of what happened between the narrator and the girl he was in love with, he addresses her as he remembers, and chooses to follow the order of the alphabet and select a few important words to allude to their relationship. For each word, what he proposes as the definition is actually snippets reflecting on him or her, on how they met, fell in love, and struggled at times.
I liked very much the style, dense and succinct, more evocative than explanatory, that left space for the mystery of each person in this love relationship. The result is something touching, beautiful, but not all “cheap romance”.
And did you notice the beautiful simplicity of the book cover?
autonomy, n. “I want my books to have their own shelves,” yuu said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.
ineffable, adj. These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. 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.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship. [Goodreads]
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Levithan (born 1972)
is an American children’s book editor
and award-winning author.
He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003.
Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH,
a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.
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