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The Lover

The Lover - Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray A short novel based on her experiences in colonial Vietnam.

This is another novel that was converted into a film. It's been a while since I've seen the film, but I remember that Jane March dominated it. It was a sensual movie, in keeping with the title, and she was actually a model before she became an actress. But I digress.

It's written almost like a diary or a memoir. A lot of breaks in the plot, tangents, changes of direction.She jumps back and forth between times and places in her memory. The teen-age girl's (a.k.a. the narrator's) affair with the Chinese man is less central in the book than in the film. In the book, her relationships with her mother and brothers are more important than in the film.There's an introducton by a woman I had never heard of, and no explanation as to who she is.