* Harvard Square by Andre Aciman


Harvard Square is a novel that reads like a book-length reminiscence of living as a graduate student of English in Harvard in the 1970s. The initial setup (a college visit with the narrator’s son) is awkward; the narrative is boring, in a “you should have been there but you were not” sort of way; and the lamentations of the hero (the worst day of his life is the day before his Ph.D. comprehensive exams, as he has frittered away his time and finds himself un-ready, poor dear) eye-rolling. There is an intriguing character, it must be said, who is not the narrator-hero but rather his unlikely cabbie friend with a shadowy past and present, but even he seems rather overdone and could not redeem the book for me.

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  1. Pingback: *** Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman | FT's Books

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