Youth[ edit ] Duras was born Marguerite Donnadieu on April 4, in Gia-Dinh  near to SaigonCochinchinaFrench Indochina now Vietnam ; she was the only daughter of two teachers who had responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging French people to settle in the colony. After his death, her mother remained in Indochina with her three children. The family lived in relative poverty after her mother made a bad investment in an isolated property and area of rice farmland in Cambodia.
Plot summary[ edit ] Set against the backdrop of French colonial VietnamThe Lover reveals the intimacies and intricacies of a clandestine romance between a pubescent girl from a financially strapped French family and an older, wealthy Chinese -Vietnamese man.
She attracts the attention of a year-old son of a Chinese business magnate, a young man of wealth and heir to a fortune. He strikes up a conversation with the girl; she accepts a ride back to town in his chauffeured limousine.
Compelled by the circumstances of her upbringing, this girl, the daughter of a bankruptmanic depressive widow, is newly awakened to the impending and all-too-real task of making her way alone in the world.
Thus, she becomes his lover, until he bows to the disapproval of his father and breaks off the affair. For her lover, there is no question of the depth and sincerity of his love, but it isn't until much later that the girl acknowledges to herself her true feelings.
Published versions[ edit ] There are two published versions of The Lover: This second version also contains more humor than the original.
She wrote about her experience in three works:This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of The Lover by Marguerite Duras.
It provides a thorough exploration of the book's plot, characters and main themes, as well as an examination of Duras' style and her approach to autobiographical fiction.
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version of The OfficeThe Lover, South Korean television series; See also. The Lovers (disambiguation). Nov 15, · In Marguerite Duras's The Lover, a coming-of-age story, sexual love is a dominant theme, but the relationship also symbolizes political issues.
Duras. I was 29 when I first read Marguerite Duras's masterpiece, 'The Lover', translated from the French by Barbara Bray.
A revelation and a confrontation in equal measure, it was as if I had burst. I was 29 when I first read Marguerite Duras's masterpiece, 'The Lover', translated from the French by Barbara Bray.
A revelation and a confrontation in equal measure, it was as if I had burst.