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Find Me by Andre Aciman

Find Me

Andre Aciman

3.14 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 31 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780571356829

In this spellbinding new exploration of the varieties of love, the author of Call Me by Your Name lets us back into his characters' lives years after their first meeting In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, now a gifted classical pianist.

4 stars out of 5
2 Nov 2019

"André Aciman’s unpredictable new novel is almost the brazen antithesis of fan service"

I finished Find Me with a new-found respect for André Aciman. He simply could have just listened to the fans and rehashed his first novel and cashed in on that. Instead, Aciman has, rather boldly, decided to just write an Aciman novel. Those familiar with the author’s other works will see this novel as business as usual (for example, fans of Aciman’s brilliant early memoir Out of Egypt will understand the resonance of the location in which he sets his final episode). However, those who only know Aciman from CMBYN will be taken aback by his refusal of satisfaction and minimalist plotting, all of which are characteristics of his wider oeuvre.

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3 stars out of 5
John Boyne
30 Oct 2019

"While the elegance of his prose and the sophistication of his characters are to be admired, his creations rarely seem human"

Having read much of Aciman’s work, I find his writing intriguing and maddening in equal parts. While the elegance of his prose and the sophistication of his characters are to be admired, his creations rarely seem human, speaking in a pompous fashion where everyone, regardless of age or circumstance, is intimately familiar with classical music and philosophy. Love lies at the heart of his books, but as a concept rather than a reality. No one in an Aciman novel can ever just go on a few dates and see how things work out. Instead they know from their first interaction that they’re destined to be together, revelling in the authenticity of their affections. Ultimately, it does not make them seem evolved but narcissistic, shallow and a little immature.

4 stars out of 5
Hannah Beckerman
20 Oct 2019

"a beautiful conclusion for Elio and Oliver"

Find Me is an unashamedly romantic and philosophical novel. Characters fall in love with one another’s discourse, with topics ranging from literature and music to notions of time, desire and fate: “time is always the price we pay for the unlived life”. And yet Aciman manages, by immersing us in their emotional dynamics, to present this intellectual sparring without pretentiousness.

2 stars out of 5
Johanna Thomas-Corr
19 Oct 2019

"The sequel to Call Me By Your Name is full of thwarted desire"

Aciman writes beautifully about the fear that the most important person in your life will become no more than a tangent. Desire in Aciman’s novels is an obliterator of the self and a reinforcement of it. His characters want to become their loved ones, or climb inside them, to experience the truest versions of themselves. He asks if age makes us less vulnerable to heartache, or less hopeful of romantic bliss. In our minds, we lead “many lives, one tucked beneath or right alongside the other”.