Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ten top books about unrequited love

Kirsty Gunn is an internationally awarded writer of novels, short stories, as well as a collection of fragments and meditations, and essays. Her latest book is Caroline's Bikini.

One of Gunn's top ten books about unrequited love, as shared at the Guardian:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Another book I go back to, rereading and finding yearning represented there by such quiet force and sense of elegy that sometimes I can hardly bear it. War and Peace is, alongside its many other stories, about the love of Natasha for her Prince Andrei. The way this is drawn out, rendering a love that seems to wear itself out with time and circumstance, is one of the finest pieces of writing about loss that I can think of. So subtle, like life, that we barely notice the size of its devastation until it has passed us by.
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue