The Lover’s Dictionary tells an everyday love story in a unique way. From the first date on, the narrator introduces moments of a romantic relationship through words. Accompanying each word is a short snippet of its meaning in regards to the relationship, rarely longer than a page.
I’m incredibly impressed by the mixture of creativity and organization in the novel. Like all dictionaries, it’s alphabetized. To be able to imagine and mold words and definitions to the story (and vice versa) is fascinating. Major props to David Levithan as an author.
Not only did I see new ways to look at ordinary words, I learned new ones along the way.
Here are two, with their actual definitions from Merriam-Webster, followed in italics by their definitions from The Lover’s Dictionary.
neophyte, n. – a person who has just started learning or doing something
There are millions upon millions of people who have been through this before – why is it that no one can give me good advice. (Comment from Melanie: But seriously! Story of my life.)
panoply, n. – a group or collection that is impressive because it is so big or because it includes so many different kinds of people or things
We stuck to the plan: you had your bookshelves and I had mine. Yours simply had books, most of them from college, while mine was overrun by souvenir thimbles purchased by my pre-teen self, compact discs that had been orphaned from their cases, mugs from colleges attended by forgotten friends, and jam jars of quarters (just in case, for some reason, I had to quickly launder everything we owned).
You never seemed to mind. Although one day you did say, “if our shelves were a seesaw, my things would be stuck in the air.”
I didn’t know whether you were being judgmental or self-pitying. Bit I had learned: there’s no good answer to either.
Pretty neat, huh? Want more of The Lover’s Dictionary? View the unabridgement on Twitter.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermuda Onion. It’s a chance to “share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.”