After dark musings of a sleep-deprived mother reading through the night while the rest of the world sleeps.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Lover's Dictionary
I'm pretty sure that The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan is one of those books that readers either love or hate, with very few in the middle. It was written in a very unique and creative way- the entire book is a series of dictionary entries, with words in alphabetical order. In the definition of these words is written the story of a couple's love.
This insomniac's opinion:
I love words. Really, I do. I get a secret thrill when I find a new word and practice it in my head until I get the chance to use it. I have been known to peruse dictionaries and thesauruses(for fun!). And, the quickest way into my heart is to use a word that I am unfamiliar with in the course of conversation with me. So a book titled The Lover's Dictionary seemed perfect for me.
I loved this book. It is a very quick read(about an hour and a half for me) and reads beautifully, like poetry. The author's observations on life and love were astute and I found myself reading several pages over and over again because they so resonated with how I feel about the world. I do think that this novel is not for everyone. But, it certainly was a great book for me!
Worth staying awake to read?
Yes, and it is short enough that you will still have time for a full night's sleep! Hooray!