Including: Call Me by Your Name, Murder on the Orient Express, and Let the Great World Spin.
Call Me by Your Name (4.5/5)
I’m not usually the type to watch movies before reading the book, but this time was an exception. One of my best friends had been pumped to watch this movie for weeks, and when he showed me the trailer, I admit I had been a little skeptical about the relationship, and I positively recoiled when a butt flashed in front of the big screen. I did not expect to like, let alone fall so deeply in love with this story.
Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful, romantic, devastating book that contains such lyrical prose that quite often, it will make you stop in your tracks and close your eyes, simply to feel the words. A perfect example would be the last paragraph:
“If you remember everything … then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.”
It left me staring at the words as if in a trance, alone in the airport, feeling a definite sense of emptiness that good books will leave on me.
I’ll admit there were certain things in this book that I didn’t particularly enjoy (the extremely explicit sexual fantasies), but they in no way undermine the book as a whole. In fact, the longing and the desires and the doubts that Elio experience hit me hard.
This is a book that’s going to stay with me for a long time.
Murder On the Orient Express (4/5)
On a whole, Murder on the Orient Express was a thrilling, fast-paced, completely punch-you-in-the-gut-and-brains-with-its-ending read, and I think it was the fastest I’ve ever finished a book. All the clues scattered throughout the book come together brilliantly to form a mind-boggling ending.
The prose, though it doesn’t completely agree with me, was clear and concise, rather fitting to the genre of the book. And I suppose genre does to an extent dictate how the book is going to be written. (You wouldn’t expect a middle grade novel written in the same way as a murder mystery).
This was my first Agatha Christie book, and it most definitely won’t be my last.
Let The Great World Spin (4.5/5)
I don’t know where to start with this book. The prose, the characters, their story, how it all came together so beautifully in the last chapter. Let me start off by saying that this is the first book where the prose entranced me since The Book Thief, which, till this day, remains my favorite book of all time.
“The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own.”
What a wonderful thought, what a beautiful sentence. It reminds me very much of Elio and Oliver in Call Me by Your Name and their relationship.
There will be small sparks of literary brilliance scattered throughout the book, where the imagery jumps out at the reader like this sentence:
“Cockroaches would perch and twitter on the edge of the windowsill, as if they too just wanted to get out.”
There are so many things that I just loved about this book, that I would just go on and on about it. The only reason that I didn’t give this book five stars was because there were a couple disjointed stories that I couldn’t connect with any of the others. I’m sure of course, that Column McCann was intentional in choosing every one of the stories, but they simply didn’t work for me. That being said, it did nothing to dampen my overall enjoyment of the book, and it was the best way to start off 2019.
“The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.”