Call Me by your Name

Call Me by your Name

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Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in Andre Aciman's frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
ISBN: 9780374707729
0374707723
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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MillieBT
Aug 08, 2018

This book speaks about falling in love, sexuality, finding existence in another person's
presence, facing your truth and living with regret while still leaning on what is causing
this regret.....moving and beautiful

SFPL_StaffPicks Jul 19, 2018

Film based on this book, 2018 SAG Award Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, Timothee Chalamet

SkokieStaff_Steven Jun 27, 2018

Andre Aciman’s “Call Me by Your Name” is a beautifully written, sometimes graphic, keenly felt novel of young man’s romantic awakening that left me deeply exasperated. Our young hero Elio lives in a kind of a paradise on the Italian coast where attractive, talented young intellectuals lounge about the pool all day, where professors have country villas complete with servants, where an American postdoc publishes a scholarly book on Heraclitus at the ridiculously tender age of 24, where a teenage Italian boy can easily identify a quotation from Montaigne in French, and where sexually active bisexual men are apparently unconcerned about AIDS even though they are living in the 1980s. This is a novel that takes the Italian concept of “sprezzatura” to an extreme: none of the characters apparently works very hard, makes sacrifices, or faces any real worries or challenges, yet intellectual, professional, and sexual rewards simply come their way because they are superior people. Aciman does a fine job of capturing the pleasures and pains of young love. I wish he could have made his characters more believable or relatable.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jun 11, 2018

After I indulged in languorous caress of the film (my most favorite in 2017), wish la dolce vita never end, to relive in the book.
I intentionally slowed down the reading pace, more sittings than usual to prolong...the comedic effects provoked in film are in full disclosure in Elio’s monologue. Moreover layers of inner turmoils thrashed them and me up and down, till final chapter - Ghost Spots, to epic level, which had not experienced in the film.
Oliver became mysterious in the book.
Vimini, an omitted character in the film, transmitted messages between two lovers, as well as the now and future.
Roman night of The San Clemente Syndrome, appeared to be a distraction(is bohemian style the essence to impress?) to me, though the plot had intention to illuminate. But I hate to be in disagreement with them on their best time together.

To say, it’s the most beautiful romance I’ve ever read, doesn’t do its justice.

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jezicuhh
Apr 12, 2018

A magical and enduring love story. I liked the book even more than the movie. I only wish I had read the book first. I don't think I've ever came across a writer who can so poignantly entice you into viewing the transition of two character's lives.

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HeatherFranks
Mar 08, 2018

This book is magical. It draws you into the relationship between Elio and Oliver slowly, slowly
and you have no option but to keep reading as you have a vested interest as to where it will end up. The book is so well written, you feel as if you are in Tuscany together with this family.
To the last word, it is a wonderful book to bring out and read again and again.

liljables Feb 06, 2018

Call Me By Your Name is...delicious. It is written SO beautifully, and it captures the feeling of unbridled young lust and longing exactly. This novel describes the perfect summer in my mind: long, hot days punctuated with naps; ripe-to-bursting fruit, good wine, and homemade meals; plenty of time to read; and, of course, that special person with whom you can share all this indulgence. I fell in love with Elio, with Oliver, and with the setting of this novel, which is very much a character in itself. Pass on this novel if you're looking for something action-packed, but pick it up if you'd like to wallow in its sensual prose - especially on a cold, dark night!

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travelerinspace
Dec 01, 2017

I give this a 4 star rating only due to the main character's conflicting thoughts throughout most of the book. Other than that, and the writing style that made it a little confusing to follow dialogue v thoughts at times which another reader mentioned, I did enjoy this book. The development of the relationship between the two characters was very beautiful and romantic and I will say the ending was absolutely a cherry to put on the cake.

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radcliffe23
Oct 29, 2017

This book rips your heart out but in the best possible way. Anyone can relate to a love story that takes place over a finite time where it seems like you're together in a dream before the cruel realities of life, time, and distance separate you--no matter if you're gay or straight. Please don't listen to the reviews describing this as a older man "predator"/ underage "boy" relationship. That is patently false and is judged with clearly homophobic eyes and U.S. laws and with no regard for where the novel actually takes place which is Italy in 1983. Elio, the "boy", is 17 and FAR above the age of sexual consent in Italy, which is 14 (or 16 if the other partner is a teacher or in another position of influence as another commenter has stated). The "older man", Oliver, is all of 24, a doctorate student working for Elio's father for the summer and has no position of authority over him. And as far as anything "predatory" is concerned, Elio makes ALL the first moves, Oliver is not the persuer, he is the persued. And not in an obvious manner, rather Elio's pent up unexpressed desire finally causes him to act. There's nothing salcious or illegal about it, just a wonderful not even close to average love story that sucker punches you HARD when you're done reading and stays with you long after. I cannot recommend it highly enough

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mikey1982
Oct 26, 2017

I found this book to be enjoyable. Also, Elio was not underage (age of consent in Italy is 14 - or if the older individual has some influence over the younger partner then the younger partner must be 16 or older) and therefore I do not think it fair to consider Oliver a sexual predator as previous reviews have done.

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