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The Pure Lover is David Plante’s elegy to his beloved Nikos Stangos their forty year life together and its tr. his book is beautifully written and told almost in fragments but in a way that each fragment touches upon their relationship and prompted a thought or memory of mine I do not know how many times I wept and I know at least twice I openly sobbed The beauty and at times simplicity of their love that the love flourished and enabled both to experience a freedom that only comes with true love and the complete agony when one crosses over It s here If you re grieving I recommend this read You won t forget it Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream prompted a thought or memory of mine I do not know how many times I wept and I know at least twice I openly sobbed The beauty and at times simplicity of their love that the love flourished and enabled both to experience a freedom that only comes with true love and the complete agony when one crosses over It s here If you re grieving I recommend this read You won t forget it

SUMMARY The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief

The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief

Hows us both the wild nature of grief and the intimate conversation that is loveFrom the Trade Paperback editio. Reading David Plante s two books of memoirs Becoming a Londoner and Worlds Apart both reviewed by me on this site I have built up a picture of the lifelong partnership between himself and his lover the poet and editor Nikos Stangos Stangos died of cancer in 2004 and in his grief Plante recorded random or seemingly random thoughts and memories of their rich life together in England the USA Italy and Greece in particular It s a mosaic that builds into a beautifully coherent summing up of their time together addressed in a plangent but restrained style to his deceased lover I was half expecting a measured howl of grief a kind of misery memoir for grief unbalances the mind and makes the one left behind obsessive about what they have lost Plante has avoided this has turned his grief into a meditation on love It wasn t a pure love as the title implies if their is such a thing their love had its volatitlity and Stangos could at times be moody and uncommunicative but that gives it a sense of authenticity one we can relate to Plante covers some of the material covered in his previous memoirs but here it is concentrated entirely on his partner he is uncharacteristically self effacing It s a tribute a celebration a lament The most moving part has to be the description of his death Plante took care of Stangos at home over the six months it took for him to die I have been through exactly the same experience losing my long term partner in the same way from cancer caring for him at home watching the disease eat away inside him aging him twenty years in six months until on his deathbed he was no than a skeleton covered in skin This was Plante s experience and the parallels for me were uncanny A fine and moving memoir Whispers of Feathers picture of the lifelong Entrepreneurial Vernacular poet and editor Nikos Stangos Stangos died of cancer in 2004 and in his grief Plante recorded random or seemingly random thoughts and memories of their rich life together in England the USA Italy and Greece in Advanced C Programming by Example particular It s a mosaic that builds into a beautifully coherent summing up of their time together addressed in a Poslije svega (After, plangent but restrained style to his deceased lover I was half expecting a measured howl of grief a kind of misery memoir for grief unbalances the mind and makes the one left behind obsessive about what they have lost Plante has avoided this has turned his grief into a meditation on love It wasn t a Die Herrenschneiderei pure love as the title implies if their is such a thing their love had its volatitlity and Stangos could at times be moody and uncommunicative but that gives it a sense of authenticity one we can relate to Plante covers some of the material covered in his Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone partner in the same way from cancer caring for him at home watching the disease eat away inside him aging him twenty years in six months until on his deathbed he was no than a skeleton covered in skin This was Plante s experience and the Pretend God Is Deaf parallels for me were uncanny A fine and moving memoir

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Agic end Written in vivid fragments that like the pieces of a mosaic come together into a glimmering whole it s. The I read this the I liked it It is not just about grief but a review of their life together and the grieving comes at the end


11 thoughts on “The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief

  1. says:

    his book is beautifully written, and told almost in fragments but in a way that each fragment touches upon their relationship and prompted a thought or memory of mine. I do not know how many times I wept, and I know at least twice I openly sobbed. The beauty and at times simplicity of their love, that the love

  2. says:

    For all those in the civilized world dismayed by the recent setbacks queers have faced novelist David Plante has written a powerful, baleful rallying cry that sings with divine grace to the loving relationship h

  3. says:

    David Plante's elegy to his lover Nikos Stangos, The Pure Lover, is a heart rending account of the forty years that Plante and Stangos were lovers, living in London. Though an elegy, The Pure lover is a paean to gay love, one that counts the joy and the pain of a lifetime of devotion. Their marriage ended with

  4. says:

    David Plante's recounting of his meeting Nikos Stangos and their subsequent forty year relationship is a gift to the reader. It is

  5. says:

    An innovation within the literary genre of the elegy that ranks as a major accomplishment, honoring its subject Nikos wit

  6. says:

    The I read this the I liked it. It is not just about grief, but a review of their life together, and the grieving comes at the end.

  7. says:

    This is a great book, a fast read, and a truly touching story

  8. says:

    I was so entranced by "The Pure Lover" that I could not put it down. The author's tone was light and playful, describing his early love in fragments of memory. But as the joy turned into grief, Plante still managed to hold my attention without dragging me down into despair. I got to experience his emotion, while maintaining a safe distance away from the pain. A very good read.

  9. says:

    Reading David Plante's two books of memoirs, 'Becoming a Londoner' and 'Worlds Apart' (both reviewed by me on this site) I have built up a picture of the lifelong partnership between himself and his lover, the poet

  10. says:

    Another splendid memoir fron David Plante

  11. says:

    I was drawn to read this memoir after reading David Plante's Diary: 'Becoming a Londoner', part of whose attraction is its portrait of Plante's 40 year marriage to Nikos Stangos. After Stangos' death from a particularly painful and distressing cancer ten years ago, Plante wrote this memoir of their life together. I hesitate to 'revi

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