Have you ever been introduced to a poignant and beautiful lullaby while reading a novel? And have you ever tried searching and listening to that music inscribed in such book? I was and I did.
Thanks to young Elio, the main character in the book Call Me By Your Name, for he introduced me to Fenesta Ca Lucive, an old, sad and touching Neapolitan song. As soon as I finished reading the pages where Fenesta Ca Lucive was penned, I dropped the book and took my Ipad. I searched the song and this is what it was…
Chiagneva sempe ca durmeva sola
Mo dorme co’ li muorte accompagnata
She always wept because she slept alone,
Now she sleeps among the dead
While listening to this beautiful lullaby, I took the book and re-read the portion where it was portrayed. The music gave a different sensation. It suddenly gave the novel I was reading a brighter color. Though, I don’t understand a single word of the song, the music is so haunting, it felt like I was in the streets of Rome witnessing the tenderness, passion and the imminent despair of the main character.
Kakaiba yung piling! Ang galing!
I guess I’m a bit hard to please when it comes to reading and finishing a book. After reading some of the most beautiful, exhilarating and awe-inspiring books in the past, there has been three (3) books that I started reading but – due to boredom – eventually dropped and chose not to finish it. Thus, a book will therefore be very good if I would be able to digest and finish it up to its last word.
I was actually a little afraid that I would not be able to finish a book anymore, but Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman erased that! It was the book that stirred my hard-to-please taste. Call Me By Your Name is not just a stirring and fascinating story, it is actually a beautiful poetic narrative about a person’s coming-of-age reflections, desires and contemplations.
I actually envy the writer Andre Aciman for he got the talent, gift and faculty in crafting delightful words and weaving beautiful thoughts together. Aciman was so impressive, he was able to bring readers into the major character’s heart. That is why the joy and sadness of Elio (the major character) are the reader’s joy and sadness. Elio’s passion and pain were the reader’s passion and pain. And I was so into it, Elio’s heartbroken was my heartbroken! And when I finished and read the last word of this superb novel, I noticed myself grasping for some air.
I refuse to give any spoiler! All I can say is that the book was so good, I didn’t want to finish! Now, Call Me By Your Name sits among the top ten books that I have successfully finished.