Enough About Love

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Enough About Love (novel)
Author Hervé Le Tellier
Translator Adriana Hunter
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Other Press
Publication date
February 2011
Media type Print
Pages 240

Enough About Love is a 2011 American novel by Hervé Le Tellier. The book was translated from French by Adriana Hunter and published by Other Press on February 1, 2011.[1]

Plot

Though its title may suggest otherwise, Enough About Love's main topic is love.[2] As Le Tellier writes in the prologue, "Any man—or woman—who wants to hear nothing—or no more—about love should put this book down." [1]

According to the Other Press website,[1] Enough About Love concerns the following:

Anna and Louise could be sisters, but they don’t know each other. They are both married with children, and for the most part, they are happy. On almost the same day, Anna, a psychiatrist, crosses paths with Yves, a writer, while Louise, a lawyer, meets Anna’s analyst, Thomas. Love at first sight is still possible for those into their forties and long-married. But when you have already mapped out a life path, a passionate affair can come at a high price. For our four characters, their lives are unexpectedly turned upside down by the deliciously inconvenient arrival of love. For Anna, meeting Yves has brought a flurry of excitement to her life and made her question her values, her reliable husband, and her responsibilities to her children. For Louise, a successful career woman in a stable and comfortable marriage, her routine is uprooted by the youthful passion she feels for Thomas. Thought-provoking, sophisticated, and, above all, amusing, Enough About Love captures the euphoria of desire through tender and unflinching portraits of husbands, wives, and lovers.[1]

Format

A member of OuLiPo and a former mathematician,[3] Le Tellier follows sets of literary constraints based on mathematics to spur literary creation.[3] In Enough About Love, he suggests that he used a game of Abkhazian dominoes to help structure the plot.[4] Le Tellier says that a dimension of play essential to his writing and that he "like[s] when a constraint leads [him] away from an expected path." [3] "I’m confronted with a text that astonishes me, even though it’s my own. It’s a rare pleasure." [3]

The chapters are named after their major players.[5] The text contains a lot of dialogue, making the novel feel somewhat like a play,[5] and sentences are often short.[2] Le Tellier incorporates many different forms of narrative, including emails, pages from a character's book, a script of an academic lecture, footnotes detailing Jewish parables, a homage to his friend the French writer Edouard Levé, and tour-guide pamphlets,[2] and says that his ability to do this is part of what he likes about the form of novel.[3]

Reception

On the whole, reviews for Enough About Love have been positive.[6]

Publishing Perspectives said in their review that ran on January 30, 2011, written by Gwendolyn Dawson, that Enough About Love was "highly recommended".[5] "The overall effect is kaleidoscopic, the characters’ ever-shifting emotions and interactions slide against each other to reveal different shades and nuances. Enough About Love’s complex structure supports and enhances its story, and Adriana Hunter’s adept English translation delivers all the playfulness and complexity of the original."[5] Dawson ultimately describes the novel as a "stunningly intimate portrayal of love, leaving the reader feeling like a voyeur who stumbled upon an open bedroom window, uncomfortable and thrilled at the same time." [5]

World Literature Today called Enough About Love a "smart, droll, finely crafted novel" in their May/June 2011 review of it.[4] In the same article, mention is made about what the novel says about writing: "This is a book about love, certainly, but it is also a book about love stories, and the way in which those stories play out according to their own logic. Watching Hervé Le Tellier conduct that process as he leads his characters in and out of love, one is reminded that literature, too, is an affair of the heart." [4]

Newcity Lit wrote in their review on February 23, 2011, that "Le Tellier creates a sophisticated cast who form the love quartet at the center of this novel" and that his "prose is beautiful in its simplicity, its honesty." [2] They praise his somewhat unconventional format, saying that the short sentences "[speak] volumes with their brevity," and that the various narrative forms used "excel at breaking up the narration." [2] Ultimately, they say that, "sometimes witty and humorous, sometimes tragic and serious, “Enough About Love” is a lot like love. Both leave you wanting more."[2]

External links

  • Other Press book webpage
  • Interview with Hervé Le Tellier on Sampsonia Way, online literature magazine
  • Publishing Perspectives review
  • Elle magazine review (French)
  • World Literature Today review
  • Newcity Lit review
  • OuLiPo page on Le Tellier (French)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Enough About Love". Other Press. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Fiction Review: "Enough About Love" by Hervé Le Tellier | Newcity Lit". Lit.newcity.com. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Roberta Hatcher (2 May 2011). "Enough About Love: Interview with Hervé Le Tellier". sampsoniaway.org. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "WLT | May 2011 | World Literature in Review". Ou.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Book Review: Enough About Love by Hervé Le Tellier". Publishingperspectives.com. 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Enough about Love - Hervé Le Tellier". Complete-review.com. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
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