Harvard Square

Harvard Square

A Novel

Book - 2013
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An Egyptian-Jewish Harvard graduate student trying to assimilate into American culture in 1977 befriends an impetuous, loud Arab cab driver and must choose between his dream or his friend.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393088601
039308860X
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm

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Michael Colford Aug 30, 2014

André Aciman is a very talented writer. His latest novel, Harvard Square, is a nostalgia tale about an Egyptian man living in the States and touring Universities with his son. When visiting Harvard, he thinks back to when he was a Masters student, and a roguish cab driver from Tunisia bonded with him despite his intense, borderline sociopathic personality.

I was a big fan of Aciman's earlier novel, Call Me By Your Name, but as I read Harvard Square, I just couldn't get past the fairly repulsive attitude displayed by some of the characters. Yet as the book reached it's inevitable conclusion, it all came together beautifully, showing yet again the power of Aciman's writing. So while Harvard Square might not be a favorite, it was certainly a good read and displayed the author's considerable talents.

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megaculpa
May 21, 2014

A story about the impetuous friendships of youth and how personal growth is often accompanied by tragedy and regret. Told in the first person and probably reflecting a time in the author's own life, this novel reads almost like a memoir. Aciman's prose is stylish, yet thoughtful. Four stars.

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paschalville
Oct 06, 2013

not a bad read.....this is the first book I've read by mr. aciman, and I'll read more. this particular novel involves a graduate student at harvard in the 70s kind of the like the book version of the movie 'argo' that replaces urgency with ennui.

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kn1226
May 28, 2014

Because 'I didn't want to forget' was the heart and soul of poetry. Had any poet been more candid about his craft?

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kn1226
May 28, 2014

Which is why he said he hated nectarines. Brugnons, in French. People were being nectarized, sweet without kindness, all the right feelings, but none of the heart, engineered, stitched, C-sectioned, but never once really born.

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