"Sono Clara." In apparenza, la più banale delle presentazioni; eppure per il giovane protagonista del romanzo, che la vigilia di Natale si trova catapultato quasi per sbaglio nel trambusto di una festa, è lo schiudersi di un sogno. Clara è bella, colta, irriverente, e i due ingaggiano fin dai primi istanti una serrata schermaglia amorosa. Insieme al desiderio, cresce la paura struggente che tutto, com'è cominciato, possa di colpo finire; ma l'incanto si rinnova sera dopo sera, in un percorso circolare che li conduce fin sulla soglia del nuovo anno. Tra passi falsi e vani tentativi di opporsi a un sentimento ineluttabile e a un prepotente desiderio di felicità, il lettore, incredulo e partecipe, rapito da una prosa ricca e sensuale, assiste in presa diretta al momento magico e irripetibile della nascita di un amore.
- ISBN: 8860885779
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 465
- Data di uscita: 13-01-2011
If you love music and sympathize with introspective and intelligent characters who think as much as they act (and often might wish they could act more than their anxieties allow them to), this book is a gem. I've read critiques that find the characters unrealistic -- too elitist, they "think too muc Leggi tutto
Aciman is a Proust scholar so it's not surprising that this work is so Proustian: a narrative of the human experience that occurs through slow accumulation of thoughts, sensory information and psychological awakenings. I read somewhere (maybe in an interview) that Aciman considers this his favorite
I finished this book on an airplane and I cried. I recall once years ago finishing something on an airplane and crying. It was John Barth's Chimera, and when the suit next to me looked at me oddly, all I could do was mumble, “It was so beautiful." So, to forestall committing a spoiler, I want say I Leggi tutto
Every time I thought this book was getting good, something would happen (or more likely not happen) that irritated me. Both of the main characters were unlikeable, and I had no patience for their waffling, their baseless recriminations, and, most of all, their seeming complete lack of real interest
A character says of the narrator that he’s the most exasperating person she knows. True. The problem for me is that the novel also becomes exasperating, when not frustrating or simply alienating. Still, the novel has wonderful vivid moments and insights about desire and loss. My guess is that Aciman Leggi tutto
I have no idea what I just read.
I loved the chemistry between the couple and most of the writing, but this really could've done with 200 pages less.
for Goodreads Aciman, Our Apophatic Mystic Over the past few weeks I’ve been catching up on the work of André Aciman. The great memoir and three of the novels. Started a fourth, Eight White Nights, earlier this week. I also found my new copy of Michael Sells book, Mystical Languages of Unsaying. I Leggi tutto
I know this isn't everyone's read. It just isn't. There's talking...so much talking. And there's a pathologically passive hero, and a heroine who is as much a fucked-up mess (if not more) than the hero, and a lot of in-the-weeds, nearly stream of consciousness dialogue and imagined dialogue. I can't Leggi tutto
Dawno nie sięgnęłam po powieść, która irytowałaby mnie od początku, do niemal samego końca, gdzie zaskakujące nie były momenty słabe, a te powiedzmy, całkiem niezłe (policzalne na palcach jednej dłoni). Lubię metafory (i te prostsze i te bardziej skomplikowane występujące w różnych układach i gwiazd Leggi tutto
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