Call me by your Name #2 Find Mig
Title: Find me
Author: André Aciman
Published in English: 2019
Dansk titel: Find Mig
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Finished Reading: Januar 2020
Genre: Romance & LGBT
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting.
No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary readers about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation . . . an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award–winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.
In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.
Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
I’m thrilled he made this sequel. It’s amazing for the most part. I had a hard time understanding why the first part of the story were important; I didn’t really find it that interesting to begin with. The father was enjoyable – I liked him, however I bought the book to find out what was going to happen in the future with Oliver and Elio, which luckily I did in the end. Oh, that ending was everything.
The ending is the reason for the grade for sure. Without it, I wouldn’t have given more than three stars. At first and at the middle of the book I had issues putting faces to these characters. Sure, the names were the same, and some of the things that had happened in the first book were there described very shortly and with little detail, but the feeling I was getting, was different characters. It changed though, during the book and the characters became themselves again.
Language wise it’s the same beautiful writing as in the first. I’ve never read anything this beautiful before. The way he expresses himself is marvelous, he truly has a gift when it comes to writing. I hope this will somehow become a movie as well. With the same actors of course. Otherwise, I’d really have no interest. Some people complain that it doesn’t follow the storyline of the first, but I didn’t really take notice. What happened followed a timeline that suited the book.
Fantastic book, worth every second spend reading it!