Cinque variazioni sul tema dell’amore, cinque momenti che ricostruiscono strato dopo strato la fluida, fluttuante natura erotica di Paul attraverso la precisione lirica e a tratti cruda della sua stessa voce.
È un Paul che ricorda, quello che troviamo nel capitolo di apertura: un giovane adulto che torna sull’isola italiana delle sue vacanze scolastiche non solo per occuparsi della casa di famiglia distrutta dal fuoco, ma per ripercorrere i luoghi di un incendio tutto interiore, quello del primo, divorante turbamento dei sensi cui allora non sapeva dare un nome e cui ora forse nemmeno vuole darlo. Di Nanni, oggetto del desiderio, in paese nessuno sa più nulla, ma l’agonia di quella passione ormai lontana ha lasciato il segno e troverà echi nelle passioni della sua vita di adulto, nell’amore per Maud, per Manfred, per Chloe, per una giovane scrittrice… Ogni volta Paul cadrà nelle trappole del desiderio e se ne creerà di nuove, si abbandonerà alla violenza del rimpianto per poi riprendere a inseguire il «vino della vita», a inseguire se stesso.
- ISBN: 8823517753
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 300
André Aciman's debut novel, Call Me by Your Name , utterly blew me away. I remember reading and re-reading paragraphs, mesmerized by his poetic language, and at times dissolving into tears from the emotional power of the story. While I could never seem to get into his second novel, and didn't kno
2.8 " reluctant, conflicted, disappointing" stars !! The Most(est) Disappointing Read of 2017 Award I really struggled with much of this book. Mr. Aciman is an immensely talented writer but has great difficulty in distillation as well as writing a story that I care very much about. His writing is occ Leggi tutto
I forgot to mention one more thing when I wrote this this morning... PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT LARRY'S review!!! Its wonderful-- and he was my inspiration for reading this!!! "We make assumptions about how our lives are being charted without knowing that we are making these assumptions--which is the beau Leggi tutto
There was an emotional detachedness to the novel for me. Never once did I feel any sort of deep connection to the protagonist, which left me feeling listless the whole way through. I guess I expected more— something along the lines of the sweeping romanticism and longing of Aciman’s first novel— but Leggi tutto
This book blew me away, in a way I was not expecting. It is told in five vignettes/stories, all which took unexpected turns. But these were not shocking story twists that would get old, but surprising moves by characters that ended up feeling more realistic than most writing. The characters get to b Leggi tutto
“I live for this. And if this is all there is, well, this is all there is.” No one understands and communicates the myriad desires and agonies of the human heart quite like Andre Aciman. This series of five connected stories follows the life and loves of a bisexual man named Paul from adolescence to Leggi tutto
I am a huge fan of Aciman, but this just did not work for me. The strongest section is the first; there is little to tie the five together, so this is really just a loosely bound collection of disparate novellas. Plus the fact that the central protagonist is so reprehensibly louche and dissolute tha Leggi tutto
The homosexual desire here was so much more convincing than the heterosexual desire, I was surprised to find the author is straight. Thus the last two chapters didn't work for me at all, although you need to get to the last page to find out something which (I suppose) is important. Aciman's writing
André Aciman attended our gay book club last night! As in, it was me, seven other readers, and Dr. Aciman in a small circle of chairs. I got my book signed. It was a treat. Knowing my experience with Call Me By Your Name, I shouldn't have read this one last minute. Aciman's writing has a way of irrit Leggi tutto
I want to read everything this man has written. The lyrical, poetic writing, filled with passion and sparkling intelligence, carries this story of one man's love affairs to a place of sublime beauty. Aciman wrings out so many emotions from his intensely intimate scenes that it's hard to read at time Leggi tutto
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