The Lover's DictionaryBook - 2011
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.
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we go to visit two friends who've been together for ten years now, five times longer than we have. i look at the ease with which they sit together on the couch. they joke each other, get annoyed with each other, curl into each other like apostrophes within a quotation mark as they talk. i realize that two years is not a long time. but when it seems insurmountable, i need reminders like this that you can get used to it. that it can take on the comfort of the right choice. that lasting things do in fact, last.
The slight acne scars. The penny-sized, penny-shaped birthmark right above your knee. The dot below your shoulder that must have been from when you had chicken pox in third grade. The scratch on your neck-- did I do that?
This brief transcript of moments, written on the body, is so deeply satisfying to read.
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