Love in the Days of Rage

ISBN: 1585672025
ISBN 13: 9781585672028
By: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Reader's Thoughts


i've had this book to read for years and finally read it. maybe i built it up too much but all i can say is - meh.


It is good poetic eyes on revolutionary moment looking back. Perspective and intimacy is a good combo.


I tried reading Ferlinghetti's first novel, HER, and couldn't get past the first sentence ("I was carrying a white phallus through the wood of the world" thanks) but I enjoyed this one, the story of a 40ish woman painter from NY and an older banker with radical yearnings having an affair amid the turmoil of Paris in 1968. (Does the banker character reflect the inherent contradictions in Ferlinghetti's own longtime status as the Beat movement's leading businessman? I suspect so.) As one might expect from a writer whose leanings are more poetic and painterly than novelistic, this book is dotted with numerous references to art and poetry (the "white phallus" from HER even makes a return appearance), while LitDoR comes up a little short on plot. That in itself is not a problem, but when the banker plans a dramatic revolutionary escapade (assisted by the painter), Ferlinghetti ends the book, never revealing the outcome! Instead the reader is left hanging, wondering what happened. This lady-or-the-tiger stratagem seems questionable, but oh well, he always was a publisher/bookseller first, a creative artist second, and an activist third....


Not too shabby... a rasonable book set during the Paris riots of 1968.Not the best writing that you'll ever come across, but there's enough to keep you going.

Sarah Benton

First Ferlinghetti work I ever read. I could not put it down.


i read this book because two years ago maire had an especially moving ferlinghetti quote on some internet representation of herself. i have since forgotten the quote and even the source text itself; but when offered the chance to purchase this particular tome at my neighborhood bookery, i jumped. not metaphorically, of course; i actually jumped.unfortunately, i am not composed properly to appreciate this particular work of lawrence ferlinghetti. i should be a better student of history, a more avid devourer of works of literary criticism, a professional ponderer. i am none of these things. i do, however, appreciate the revolutionary events of paris in 1968 as an abstract event. (one about which i do not know many details.) so my lack of appreciation for ferlinghetti's encapturation of this heady period is not total. i do wish that i knew more about the emotions that led up to those that he describes in the story because he uses the backdrop of the revolution to frame and give flesh to his characters and their love.i usually appreciate a well-written love story (ok ok ok, as long as it isn't trite or misogynistic or overly self-indulgent, or...) however, i found it difficult to permeate the subtle details of this one. probably because i lack certain details that the author expects to be implicit. for example, how revolutionaries and their various splinter groups define themselves and view the world. of course this is the perfect setting for introspective and arduous love affairs, but i'm just too poorly informed to appreciate it. it's like watching a movie in another language without subtitles. it is, though, a language you took for a brief period several years ago so you aren't altogether unfamiliar. you appreciate the artistry, the color and movement and composition, but perhaps the plot nuances and character interactions are lost on you. ditto.

Elise Miller

Ferlinghetti's novel was inspirational. A brief prose poem and an ode to the 1968 May Revolution. However, because his protagonist was an older American woman (about 30), who became romantically involved with a violent anarchist, I wanted my novel, A Time to Cast Away Stones, to tell the story from the viewpoint of the middle class college-aged protesters who initiated the May Revolution. A very different story!


This one is, for me, tough starting out. Maybe for him, too.

Christina Marie Rau

Revolutions and love. Love and revolutions. It's a story wrapped up in a poem wrapped up in a novel wrapped up in a philosophy. Oh, Ferlinghetti, I just cannot get enough.

Luís Nunes

A good introduction to the revolution and especially the illusions with the Communists. But also a framework existential and artistic youth revolution of the '60s an


inspired me to spend some time reading about the french revolution




Lyrical story of love during the student uprising in 1968 Paris. It begins slowly but the pace quickens until it turns into a thriller. Questions linger about fate of characters even after you complete it.

Rob Lloyd

I loved the evocative language used but found the actual story left me a little underwhelmed.


Okay...dragged in the middle

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