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The Love of My Youth: A Novel by Mary Gordon

The Love of My Youth: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Mary Gordon

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Title:The Love of My Youth: A Novel
Authors:Mary Gordon
Info:Pantheon (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
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Tags:fiction, Rome

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The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon



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A thoughtful beautifully written book on aging, love, and life choices. Two people in their late 50s meet in Rome, brought there by family and business. The two were high school sweethearts and had a painful post-college break-up. They decide to take a walk together each day, as a way to slowly get to know one another again.

This is a novel that asks 'who am I? Am I the same person that I once was?'

Profoundingly affecting.

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  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Remember the magic of that first love, and the earnestness that went with it, when we were so young and unformed. Gordon uses this plus excellent period feeling to reunite lovers in Rome after more than 30 years. Add to this excellent writing and the conflict between humanitarianism and the discipline of Art (in this case music), and you've got a really good novel! ( )
  pennykaplan | Mar 23, 2012 |
The Love of my Youth is a pointed reflection on how first loves look from the vantage of age. Decades refract what once seemed clear.

I thought that the structure of the story worked well to frame the remembering of the past. And anyone who loves Rome will enjoy visualizing the walks taken by the two protagonists. ( )
  lalbro | Feb 2, 2012 |
A true romance novel (perhaps my first?) I read this book primarily because of the setting (Rome). However, what enjoyment may have been derived from the locale was quickly eradicated by the overly sentimental dialog, pretentious characters and suspended reality. The author, waxing philosophically through a chance extended encounter of aged former lovers, seems intent on sharing a vast personal knowledge of life, love, art, and Rome rather than just giving the reader a story to savor. If this seems all to familiar it is likely that you have seen "As Time Goes By" which at least has the better title. ( )
  lukespapa | Jan 25, 2012 |
Lovely story of young love interrupted and reconnected. Beautifully connected to the backdrop of Rome. Satisfying reconciliation with the inevitable--life goes on. ( )
  sharlene_w | Dec 15, 2011 |
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This work is a novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years, walking the streets of Rome and reimmersing themselves in their lost past. Miranda and Adam, high school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, where they once spent a summer deeply in love, blissfully living together. At an awkward reunion, the two, who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven't seen each other since, are surprised to discover that they may still have something to talk about; they decide that, for these few weeks, they will take daily walks together. As they experience Rome, the pleasures of eye and palate, and the daily drama of the streets, they review their lives (married to others, and with grown children) and gradually explore not just what matters to them now, but what happened to them long ago. Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent on understanding who they are in relation to who they were. Theirs is a rich and wise story of forgiveness and reckoning.… (more)

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