There is no Frigate like a Book - Emily Dickinson


Notes on text

Do you know the story of Armance by Stendhal? The significance of the Maginot Line that Elio figuratively creates on the balcony separating his and Oliver's bedroom?  The philosophy of Heraclitus?  As you may have noticed the novel is loaded with references to philosophy, literature, history, music, art and language.  But what does it all mean?  What relation do they have to the story? Why has André Aciman included these references in his novel?  Let the investigation begin! 

Below you will find a list of only some of the enriching references made in the novel.

N.B.This is a partial list at this point and will be continually updated.