What I liked most about A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo is that it is so different from what I would normally read and I was left in awe about how smart the author is – both in her thought process and her ability to write it down.
You never know the main character’s name, or at least if it was mentioned, I don’t remember. We know she leaves China after the death of her parents and moves to London, U.K. to complete her PhD. There she meets a German-Australian man, whom she falls in love. Actually, I don’t think I know his name either, rather you learn about him through conversations they have as they move through life together.
Their conversations were impressive, and I confess may have been way over my head. It was interesting to read the debates the pair had, although I wouldn’t have been able to add anything significant to the conversation. I would, however, like to ask the woman if she ever found home because throughout the book it was obviously what she was searching for – she never seemed to be content wherever she was, whether on an unmoored houseboat or an isolated farm in Germany.
The couple’s relationship seemed strange to me, and tense, which therefore made me feel a bit anxious. I wondered if she really was in love or whether, through him, she found a sense of stability and home.
A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo is from PGC Books and retails for $38.95.a
A copy of A Lover’s Discourse is courtesy of PGC Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.