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So perfect it hurts,
This review is from: Call Me by Your Name (Paperback)
This is one of the most remarkable, most beautiful and most harrowing books I have ever read. It should be prescribed reading for any would-be writer. No. Hold the 'would-be'. It deals with the brief, intense love affair between a seventeen year-old, highly precocious youth and a twenty five year old, fairly experienced man. In many ways it is a modern take on the Classical Greek ideal, Athens rather than Sparta. But it can't be categorised as a 'Gay' novel, any more than Cavafy is only a 'gay' poet. Homophobes will undoubtedly hate it, if only because it posits a natural state of bi-sexuality. . . and underlines that a same-sex relationship can be, is often far more, as emotionally and intellectually rewarding as a heterosexual one, albeit very different and carrying within it the seeds of its own, natural destruction. Yet the novel is not political in any sense, nor preachy. It is dramatic, will take your emotions on a ride you'll never forget. It is beautifully, beautifully written and without any of that smug, look-at-me cleverness of so many British and American novelists. I am a writer. I would give my eye-teeth to write a closing paragraph half as good as the one in this book. I have found myself reading passages aloud. Andre Aciman is some kind of genius: my kind and I so hope your as well.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2011 16:47:56 BDT
Coffee Lover says:
The comment about the last paragraph in the book is absolutely spot-on. It is extraordinarily evocative and hits you like a hammer-blow. All the nostalgia, angst for lost youth and (mainly) unrequited love and feeling is expressed with a clarity and poetry which literally stunned me. Whilst I share some of the criticisms of other reviews, the final paragraph made me want to read the whole book all over again.
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