Call Me by your Name

Call Me by your Name

Book - 2017
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The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, [2017]
Edition: Picador movie tie-in.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781250169440
1250169445
Branch Call Number: FIC ACIM
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 21 cm

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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.

OatmealThunder Aug 08, 2017

A beautifully written elegy on longing and nostalgia. I don't know how the movie will be (it's coming out this year), but the book is worth the read.

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nicksilvestri
May 15, 2017

This book tore my heart out, put it back, and then ripped it back out again.

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horthhill
Apr 24, 2017

"Call Me by Your Name" by André Aciman was *not* a page-turner. The self-obsessed dysfunctional Elio, figuratively, spent much of the novel pulling out flower petals as he endlessly ponders 'love me...love me not.' The lack of an intriguing...or just an interesting... plot made for a slow read. I'm amazed that I made it to the very end. I'm not entirely certain that this novel wasn't a satire...but I think not. It was ponderous and way too pretentious. Or, at least Elio was.

I say satire because the two poet-in-the-bookstore scenes. First, the odd scene where Elio gets an obscure poet to sign his (the poet's) 'not-released-yet' book in the bookshop in 'B.' for Oliver. And, the second encounter with the poet in Rome at a book-release party in a Roman bookshop that is way over the top. The poet himself seems to be a parody. His poetry seems to be a parody. The gift of the autographed poetry book to Oliver seems to be a parody. All of this 'seems-to-be-parody' leads me to thing that the novel was a satire of some sort. The overall pretention and precociousness of Elio seems to fit a satirical world. And, yet, I think this novel is told straight....well...except for the gay theme!

And, the gay theme is itself disturbing because Oliver seems something of a sexual predator. Oliver is a post-doc student in his mid-twenties. Elio is a 17-year grade 11 high school student. No wonder Elio grows up to be a successful academic but dysfunctional individual, as the final chapter suggests.

I can see a sequel, perhaps not the twenty years after the events as depicted in the final chapter, but thirty years after, where Oliver is finally arrested for the sexual interference of a minor.

'Call Me By Your Name' is not a good read.

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