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André Aciman

Teoksen Call Me by Your Name tekijä

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A regular contributor to the New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and The New Republic, Andre Aciman was born in Alexandria: raised in Egypt, Italy, and France; and educated at Harvard. He teaches literature at Bard College and lives in Manhattan. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Tekijän teokset

Call Me by Your Name (2007) 4,376 kappaletta
Find Me (2019) 890 kappaletta
Out of Egypt: A Memoir (1994) 551 kappaletta
Enigma Variations: A Novel (2017) 300 kappaletta
Harvard Square: A Novel (2013) 214 kappaletta
Eight White Nights (2010) 204 kappaletta
Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere (2010) 191 kappaletta
False Papers (2000) 139 kappaletta
The Proust Project (2004) 130 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2020 (2020) — Toimittaja — 96 kappaletta
Homo Irrealis: Essays (2021) 79 kappaletta
Entrez: Signs of France (2001) 28 kappaletta
The Gentleman from Peru (2020) 24 kappaletta

Associated Works

Die Reise in die Vergangenheit (1929) — Johdanto, eräät painokset495 kappaletta
The Passenger (1939) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset488 kappaletta
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times (2001) — Avustaja — 447 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 314 kappaletta
The Novel of Ferrara (1973) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset231 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2000 (2000) — Avustaja — 214 kappaletta
Call Me By Your Name [2017 film] (2018) — Original book — 211 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 193 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 190 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 1999 (1999) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta
Last Summer in the City (1973) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset160 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (2010) — Avustaja — 155 kappaletta
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (2009) — Avustaja — 124 kappaletta
Granta 145: Ghosts (2018) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
The Light of New York (2007) 28 kappaletta
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Alien Nation: 36 True Tales of Immigration (2021) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta

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There's much to be admired in Call Me by Your Name—the prose is undeniably lush and some of the passages can leave you swooning—but I found myself ultimately feeling that it didn't live up to its reputation. There is a mixture of implausibility and superficiality in the narrative that often left me feeling incredulous, sometimes even frustrated. I was surprised that other reviewers hardly even raised an eyebrow to the character of Elio—a seventeen year old polyglot well-versed in everything from Greek philosophy to 19th century literary realism (Stendhal for God's sake?), who just also happens to be a musical prodigy recreationally transcribing Haydn and tossing off renditions of Bach as Busoni would have played it if he'd heard Liszt. Ok, so we have an incredibly intellectually precocious adolescent boy. In addition to being implausible almost to the point of absurdity (which I acknowledge is not a problem in itself), this characterization seems to muddy the waters as to the fact that Elio's still a moody, emotionally immature teenager. I sympathize with why some readers might be so dazzled by his intellectual chops, that they confuse it for some sort of emotional wisdom. But in fact, Elio sulks, broods, and plays high school mind games with the object of his infatuation—the confident, dashing, twenty-four year old college professor, Oliver. I can also see why some might also confuse Elio's erotic desire, so richly described (often ad nauseum), with something deep and meaningful—and perhaps it is, but Aciman only intimates this and never gives us very compelling reasons to think that there is something too much more than limerence at play. Are we meant to think that Elio and Oliver love each other? That they share some special understanding? If so, what is it? Some profound appreciation of who the other person is? It's not impossible to just assume some answers to these questions, but I struggled to find the them in the morass of obsession, brooding, and horniness that Elio nurtures for Oliver throughout most of the novel.

I was also a little bothered by how the character of Marzia functions in the novel. It seemed to me that, while Elio and Oliver were living somewhat semi-charmed lives making out on Monet's berm, waxing intellectual about Heraclitus, and generally serving as their own obstructions to happiness, Marzia is the only character in the novel who might actually be suffering. Perhaps we're supposed to imagine that Marzia is fine with being being a pawn in Elio and Oliver's erotic games, but I took her for having feelings for Elio that he does not really reciprocate. He largely characterizes his feelings for Marzia in subordination to his feelings for Oliver. In fact, Elio's lack of sympathy for Marzia serves as evidence of his emotional immaturity, which some readers seem to miss. While obsession over every little thing Oliver does and taking each gesture or glance as a dagger or a kiss, he is indifferent to how his behavior might register with Marzia. Might she not be tormented and suffering from Elio keeping her at an emotional distance while at the same time having a sexually intimate relationship with her? He never really addresses this, instead equivocating: "Barely half an hour ago I was asking Oliver to fuck me and now here I was about to make love to Marzia, and yet neither had anything to do with the other." Only a thoughtless and immature person could truly believe that.

Still, in spite of the ways it frustrated me, I like the book. On the whole, it was enjoyable to read. Just don't expect one of the great coming-of-age romantic novels of our time—unless you take romance to simply be profound yearning.
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drbrand | 151 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |
forgot how much I liked this memoir of a Sephardic family living in 20C Egypt until a friend started raving about it today.
 
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featherbooks | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2024 |
Aciman does a wonderful job helping the reader get "lost" in the lazy-days-of-summer setting. This story is beautifully written and explores desire, love, loss, and heartbreak.
 
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Connverser | 151 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 25, 2024 |
I sit on a somewhat uncertain plane with Mr. Aciman's writing. His evident literary strengths: those tiny moments between people that change everything, those oh-so-human experiences of self-doubt and self-discovery, a brilliant understanding of our gradual awareness of Time, a knack for evoking spirit of place, and always a profound sense of loss. His weaknesses, at least in the novels I've read? Something of a sameness with dialogue, a certain lack of emotional or tonal variety, and perhaps - in this case - a tendency toward the saccharine.

I think I enjoyed Enigma Variations, and I will certainly return to Aciman's erudite, sensual, yearning canon again. But, aside from the first section, I wish the story of Paul's many loves had conjured up an emotional connection in me, and not just an intellectual one. Aciman is a smart writer but he's not a litterateur. He is best when writing "high fiction" rather than "literature", and this feels rather like he's strayed outside his bailiwick.
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therebelprince | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |

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