Find Me is marketed as a sequel to Andre Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name. When I read the comments, I saw that did not meet the readers’ expectations. I think everyone wanted to read more about Elio and Oliver and spend a little more time with the two. I don’t think that is unfair; Elio and Oliver are great characters. However, I loved Find Me as much as Call Me by Your Name. Andre Aciman has again written a fantastic book.
Find Me is a book about love and a thousand ways to love. It was delightful to read that love blossomed between Elio’s father Samuel and the young woman he met on the train. I was happy to read how well they knew each other and that the years between them didn’t matter. Of course, the episode about Elio and his older lover was my favourite. The story of Oliver and Elio is a story that will never end, and I don’t like to talk about it much. It feels way too personal. Weird, huh?
I believe you should read this book without prejudice and expectations. I never expected Elio and Oliver to pick up where they left off. Aciman has written a very realistic and therefore, a compelling book. I can’t even think of a better sequel. Because that elusive relationship between Elio and Oliver is just as it should be, neither more nor less. Enjoy!
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.
André Aciman is an Italian-American writer. Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, he is currently a distinguished professor at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where he teaches the history of literary theory and the works of Marcel Proust.
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