Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic week. As promised, here’s the Find Me review! (The sequel to Call Me By Your Name, by André Aciman)
This book differs in a sense where, rather than solely from the perspective of Elio, it focuses on his father, Samuel Perlman, Oliver, as well as Elio.
Samuel – now divorced from his wife, is on a train to visit his son, where he befriends a young lady whom he experiences a special connection with. After a surprising invite to her father’s birthday celebration (having just met) and knowing everything about one another in a matter of a few short days, they make a spontaneous decision that might surprise some readers.
Elio – meets a man considerably older than himself named Michel and begins a love affair. Additionally, Elio uses his giftedness to try and help him solve a decades-long mystery about the historical significance of some old sheet music Michel’s father gave to him before passing away. But following their discovery as well as having spent more time together, Michel senses that although they very much enjoy each other’s company, Elio’s heart will always belong to someone else.
Oliver – still has unresolved feelings. Despite being married with children, he clings on to the unforgettable memories from that fateful Summer. It is in this section of the novel where we continue seeing the similarities between Elio and Oliver. For the existing fans out there, we finally get a glimpse into the inner workings of Oliver’s subsequent situation. He may physically live in the U.S but his mind and soul remains in northern Italy.
Overall, Aciman not only fills in the gaps of the occurrences between Oliver departing and arriving back to the place where it all began, he ends the novel on a subtle, yet powerful note.
I found Find Me a satisfying conclusion to this stunning story. These characters truly showcase how, when it comes to true love, time is a factor that in certain respects, doesn’t really matter. Samuel’s especially expresses this because when you’ve met the right person, when things don’t make any sense, they ironically make the most sense.
For those of you who’ve read Call Me By Your Name and have not read Find Me, or haven’t read either, find copies, take a second to sit down, and enjoy the journey this amazing author takes you on.
Thanks for reading!