This weekend, in addition to completing Anita Diamant’s Day After Night, I managed to start and finish The Lover’s Dictionary. I make this out to be a big feat when in fact it took a few hours at most.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan is this month’s book club selection. It is a love story told entirely through “dictionary” entries. Of course, these definitions are far from Webster approved. Instead, they reveal the tale of a relationship.
I’ve heard gripes from friends that the book is too disjointed and lacking a major plot. This is probably true. However, I don’t mind because I find the story structure great. I love the idea of a book told in a completely different format. It is so clever, and it’s amazing how much you can still learn about this couple even told in this way. Of course, I may be biased because the book contains one of my favorite words ever, “kerfuffle.” Levithan’s definition:
From now on, you are only allowed one drink at any of my office parties. One. Preferably beer.”
Such a good word and such a great way to illustrate it.
Still, I’m not exactly sure what we will discuss at book club aside from the book’s format. There isn’t a ton to dissect, but I’m okay with it. We don’t do that much dissecting anyway. It’s just nice to do something a little different.