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  • Alibis Essays on Elsewhere
  • André Aciman
  • English
  • 09 June 2018
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André Aciman Î 8 Summary Read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î André Aciman Summary Alibis Essays on Elsewhere ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF T show him at his very finest From beautiful and moving pieces about the memory evoked by the scent of lavender; to meditations on cities like Barcelona Rome Paris. On Monet He is not even sure he s not making it up Which is also why he needs to paint it What he was after hangs between the visible and the invisible between the here and now and the seemingly elsewhereThis is Aciman s project his compulsion to make material these wisps of feelings impressions the space between places and thingsAlibis is fundamentally a book about longing infinitely displaced longing for lives not lived past lovers abandoned cities with the recurrent suggestion that all longing is about itself and the self Aciman lives in an agonizingly evocative world where any sight or sound can trigger an unending stream of associations and memories No wonder that the first essay is about scents It perfectly augurs all of the book s concernsAciman understands that there is something about being a reader that prevents one from living in the present that inescapable awareness of other times and places such that they come to exist congruent and contemporaneous with one s own which loses all meaning and force in contrast the tiny arbitrary fulcrum against which balance the weights of the past and future I cannot think of a appropriate title than Alibis All through the book Aciman is saying I couldn t have been here experiencing my own life for I was really there And what of the subtitle Essays on Elsewhere Elsewhere with respect to where With respect to everywhere wherever one is Fitting that Aciman writes of himself as an exile one who is always in one place but elsewhere as well conseuently in neither place beyond the idea of placeAciman is never where he is He remembers remembering he looks back to looking ahead looks ahead to looking back nothing is solid merely shadows of shadows Everything is done in memory of something else Nothing is seen but rather imagined The idea of a thing is real than the thing itself Perpetuity is the essential uality of longing it cannot be satisfied fulfilled by definition Many of the essays feature Aciman going in search of something a historical site or a relic from his past and failing to find it finding only himself instead which is what he sought from the beginning The essays are shot through with a variously implicit and explicit loneliness and search for love which it strikes me are characterized by the amorphous discontinuous ualities Aciman also locates in memory time etcAnd Aciman always contains his own negation he acknowledges that his central obsession the idea of other better selves may be the most convincing and deceptive mirage of all All this deferring and yearning may be for naught What reader doesn t entertain this notion with some degree of regularity But the sheer poignancy of Aciman s essays diminish this doubt inasmuch as it can be diminished

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André Aciman Î 8 Summary Read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î André Aciman Summary Alibis Essays on Elsewhere ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation André Aciman has written a luminous series of linked essays about time place identity and art tha. Oh I can t I m so sorry Mr Aciman but I just cannot sit with you right now Your world is not mine and you make absolutely no effort to welcome me to it You must understand that I want nothing than do let you guide me but you don t want to do that You want to tell me about how pleased you are that you are in this world and you are not interested in relating to anyone who is not already inside it Aside from the first essay about lavender in which I found something true enough to make me want to keep reading this was a book of status symbols disguised as travel essays Even his essay on Monet and his love for a particular painting which I love essays about peoples obsession with art even that was really about how he had a better travel experience than you He could speak the language and met Real People who led him coincidentally to what he wanted Complete with musings about how all travel should be random and spontaneous to truly fulfill us He wrote about the Place des Vosges in Paris and name dropped some of my favorite French historical figures but the real point of the essay was the fact that he was in Paris and knew things that you didn t He would move to Paris you know but there is just no TIME for that in his busy life of writing essays at ritzy resorts and traveling Yes that s why most of us don t move to Paris Mr Aciman I sympathizeAm I just envious I don t know I sound like I am a bit don t I I was thinking maybe I just resent reading about a man who s biggest problem is that he thinks he may have given erroneous directions to his gondolier in Venice but doesn t want to sacrifice his cool pose enough to fix it There s probably some element of that But I think its really about the purpose of these essays as contrasted to their presentation This is a book about the reflections of a middle aged man on the delicate nostalgia of his youth and the nuances and fleeting moments of meaning he seems to grab between plane flights and dinners on the Riveria This is NOT a Fantasia of passions and European landscapes It s about him Which I thought would be fine after the first essay I was even okay with that one about his childhood in Rome as a kid who loved books and was too shy to talk to girls But the rest of it where he tries to pretend that it is about travel that s a problem because I think he gets what is important about travel wrong I think he misses the good stuff I do not care whether you went swimming at noon while tourists were out seeing things in Venice thus making you like the native people who don t have to sightsee Why on earth would you choose staying at your hotel and swimming to tell me about when you are in Venice unless it was about how cool you are that you don t have to go see Venice Lot of performance that I have no patience with The priorities were off here and I did not like itI don t know I might revisit it later and try again

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André Aciman Î 8 Summary Read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î André Aciman Summary Alibis Essays on Elsewhere ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF And New York; to his sheer ability to unearth life secrets from an ordinary street corner  Alibis reminds the reader that Aciman is a master of the personal essa. Read for the ReadHarder challenge 8 Read a travel memoir Not your usual travel memoir this is a gorgeously written collection of essays on place and identity I loved how personal each essay was each meditation sharing intimate musings so specific so evocative