Lists are ubiquitous at this time of the year, says Ralph McAllister —
Ten Best Films. 100 Greatest Novels of the Decade. Etc ., etc., etc..
Keep it simple, Ralph tells Ralph. So…Drum roll !
BEST NOVEL OF 2019
FIND ME by Andre Aciman.
Why? Read on.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME was a major book success for Aciman in 2007,but received even greater attention when the Oscar-nominated film was released this year.
Essentially a love story of two young men, Elio and Oliver, meeting ,loving and parting. It made an international star of Timothee Chalamet and is an excellent example of the successful transition from book to screen.
FIND ME, the sequel
FIND ME is the sequel where we meet again Elio’s father Samuel, this time on a short train trip from Florence to Rome where he falls madly in love with feisty Miranda, 30 years his junior.
The feelings are reciprocated.
Part two has talented concert pianist,the beautiful Elio,seeing an older man Michel in the interval of a recital and…
Yes, you have guessed it, they become instant lovers.
Part three reintroduces Oliver,now married ,but still lingering in his love for Elio ,and,yes,right again,the two are reunited.
All a bit strangers on a train?
All a bit cliche ridden?
All a bit over the top?
Yes,yes and yes.
So cynics of the world,beware.
This is not for you.
However if you are appreciative of lyrical prose ,or a believer that true love never dies, this is for you.
If you have ever fallen for someone who is is older or younger than you, this is for you.
Layers of reflection on my own life kept surfacing as I wiped away the tears, laughed at the problems the lovers encountered, and luxuriated in this love letter to love itself.
So…Let yourself go.
Get down to your local bookshop and find this festive and joyous love story,