[BOOK REVIEW] Find Me by André Aciman #FindMe @aaciman @faberbooks

I’m one of the lucky ones that got an early copy of Aciman’s Find Me and yes I do realise you want to kill me because you want to read it too! I’ve intentionally kept writing this review until closer to its publication date because of many fans out there who won’t get the chance to read it early like I did (there’s less than a month to go now until its out into the world). Was Find Me what I expected? No, but it’s a sequel I found very satisfying.

Find Me in its first chunk (which is kind of a huge one) is about Elio’s father who upon going to Rome encounters a woman who’ll change the course of his life. The second part deals with Elio and his life as a pianist and the third with Oliver who’s a college professor.

I largely expected Find Me to be about Elio and Oliver so I found myself taken aback with Samuel’s part in the book. I have to say that I enjoyed Aciman adding Sammy to the story because I always found him to be interesting.  Whilst reading Samuel’s part I found so many quotes I highlighted which I’ll share with you below:

“Is it that you don’t like people, or that you just grow tired of them and can’t for the life of you remember why you ever found them interesting?”

“It’s just that the magic of someone new never lasts long enough…”

“Me? Loneliness. I can’t stand being by myself yet I can’t wait to be alone…”

“Each of us is like a moon that reveals only a few facets to earth, but never its full sphere…”

I enjoyed reading Samuel’s part although it wasn’t what I was expecting in terms of the book as a whole. I feel like a huge chunk of it was devoted to him instead of Elio and Oliver but moving onto Elio and Oliver’s parts I can say that they were both satisfying to me. There were a few choices I didn’t like when It came to Elio’s and Oliver’s now lives. While getting towards the end of the book and finishing It I felt satisfied but not entirely of course because if you’ve been a fan of CMBYN you’ll have an ending of your own (or at least I do). When it comes to Aciman’s writing he’s fantastic as always – getting into human psyche and describing our conditions. I always enjoy reading Aciman’s books because they provide such beauty and pain of love and being in love.

“You could just be the dearest person I’ve ever known. Which also means you could hurt me, devastate me actually…”

Find Me by Andre Aciman is a sequel I believe will satisfy Call Me by Your Name fans!

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André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of seventeenth-century literature. He has also written many essays and reviews on Marcel Proust. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays. Aciman received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, has taught at Princeton and Bard and is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently chair of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center.

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[REVIEW] Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

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I first heard of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ last year when the movie was announced. I saw that Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet were going to play main characters, but until recently I came upon the realisation that this movie was based on a book and decided to read it before the movie came out. I expected it to be cheesy but I was so wrong.

The book follows Elio, a seventeen year old boy who meets a twenty-four year old grad student named Oliver. Elio’s parents have their villa open in the summer for guests which they choose – usually the guests are all academics who are there to finish their drafts. Upon meeting the new guest Elio feels annoyed that yet another guest is coming to their home to take his room while he has too sleep somewhere else but this time his perception changes as he begins to know the guest. Right from the start of this novel we learn that Elio is narrating the happenings of that summer as he remembers it many many years ago. A long time has passed since then but he still has a good recollection of it. This book doesn’t have a happy ending even though you really want it to. That summer, a seventeen year old young man is like all seventeen year olds –  he is still learning about life and it’s mysterious ways. Oliver seems like a well lived person from whom Elio can learn more things, the things which cannot be read in books. They begin getting closer and closer and  Elio, like all people,  likes to over-analise every situation possible that they go through. What goes through his mind is so powerful and the reader has the chance to experience it along with him. This isn’t a novel that’s just about those explicit scenes, it’s more than that, it’s a love story which gets to you. You begin to care for both of the characters and yell at Elio to do what he wants to do and not just think it. From this friendship grows something bigger and more important. Then the ending comes and you want to scream because you don’t want it to end that way.

I wanted to read this because since ‘A Little Life’ I haven’t really read a book that explores the theme of love and sexuality. This book will throw you across the room and take your heart out of your chest. Now that I think about it, why did I even decide to read it? But then I remember that even though it causes pain – it’s still a good book which I enjoyed reading. I love the way Aciman characterised Elio because he feels like a real seventeen year old and the way he was over-thinking about things made him even more real.  Long after you finish this book it’ll still stay and create hollowness in you. I am honestly looking forward to the film and not looking forward to it because it will ruin me again. I have read a few reviews of the film and the critics seem to be very pleased with it.

If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching but still worth it book then this is the one for you. Give it a try because there’s such complexity to it and realness which make it a rewarding read.

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André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of seventeenth-century literature. He has also written many essays and reviews on Marcel Proust. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays. Aciman received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, has taught at Princeton and Bard and is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently chair of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center.

Find him on:  Twitter, GoodReads