"Halfway through dinner," the narrator writes, "I knew I'd replay the whole evening in reverse -- the bus, the snow, the walk up the tiny incline, the cathedral looming straight before me, the stranger in the elevator, the crowded large living room where candlelit faces beamed with laughter and premonition, the piano music, the singer with the throaty voice, the scent of pinewood everywhere. Reading time was longer than "real time" in the story. Each meeting thereafter features varying degrees of navel-gazing, soul-searching, and explication. That is just pretentious.
“Eight White Nights... envelop[s] the reader in its wintry spell.” ―Jennifer Egan, The New York Times (Editors' Choice) “A modern New York City fairy tale.” ―Time Out (New York) “A bravura re-creation of all the feints and counterfeints, yearnings and frustrations, of modern courtship. The connection with Dostoyevsky's story Four White Nights is a little complicated, and I can't explain it without spoilers, but I suggest you read it first. Yes, this book has too many words :) The author is in love with writing. Excerpted from Eight White Nights by André Aciman. It will broaden the way people think about themselves when pursuing that special person. I've read critiques that find the characters unrealistic -- too elitist, they "think too much," they imbue all sorts of moments with too much significance, and they fixate on tiny details that "no one" would care about. The ensuing grappling plays out over the course of the seven nights between that party and New Year's Eve. Everything about her radiated from these three words, as though they were a pressing bulletin mysteriously scribbled on the back of a matchbook that you slip into a wallet because it will always summon an evening when a dream, a would-be life, suddenly blossomed before you. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Strung tightly between Christmas and New Year, as well as between two apartments on the Upper West Side, it involves two protagonists who are equally educated, equally well-off, equally aware of a defining Jewishness and equally ardent aficionados of Rohmer films, Handel sarabandes and unorthodox cocktail conversations. And then, "someone suddenly put out a hand and said, 'I am Clara.' "For all of love's happy advance notices, for all of its dewy-eyed hype, it's the difficult love -- unrequited, hard-won, gone wrong -- that makes for a good story. With the hasty familiarity of people who, when it comes to other people, couldn't care less and haven't a thing to lose." Start by marking “Eight White Nights” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Aciman's mesmerizing and, at times, maddening pas de deux plunges readers into the dizzying early stages of a new relationship, with mixed results.
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Eight White Nights is an unforgettable journey through that enchanted terrain where passion and fear and the sheer craving to ask for love and to show love can forever alter who we are. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I adore anything that Aciman writes. If you've read Proust simply to enjoy the journey of meanders, then you'll enjoy this read. There are a few irksome matters to resolve: She has a past life to shuck; he has a numbing penchant for perfection. In a shy person,I am Clarawould require so much effort that it might leave her drained and almost grateful when you failed to pick up the cue.Here, I am Clarawas neither bold nor intrusive, but spoken with the practiced, wry smile of someone who had said it too many times to care how it broke the silence with strangers. Over the following seven days, they meet every evening at the same cinema. They develop between them, not a special language, but, again as people defining themselves by love do, an important special vocabulary. Offer valid for new subscribers only.† Conditions apply. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. No one wants to compare to Proust, but like Marcel this unwise young man squeezes out a lot of wisdom eloquently. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. . That was a whirlwind, and I don't know how to feel. ." Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016.
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