Call Me by your Name

Call Me by your Name

Book - 2007
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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' 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
ISBN: 9780374299217
9780312426781
9781250169440
1250169445
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary: 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.

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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.

This beautiful story takes its time exploring the relationship between two young men in Italy and the teenager's efforts to understand his own feelings. The author writes about desire honestly and does a good job relating the strange things people do when they're in love. This story isn't perfect - a few passages will drag on too long - but it is definitely worth a read; my heart was aching by the time I finished!

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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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ptgfts
Apr 07, 2017

The more I read this novel the more I disliked it. It is about a vile bi-sexual scholar who abuses his host's generosity by allowing the host's randy 17 year old son to seduce him and then returns to the USA to resume his sterling straight life. There were so many things about the plot I thought unrealistic. I didn't believe that one could write a scholarly book on an obscure Latin poet while lounging around a pool all day.

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richardaleman
Jan 26, 2017

One of the HOTTEST books I have ever read, I couldn't put it down!

DBRL_KrisA Dec 19, 2016

A bit difficult to follow at times - the narrator fantasizes about what he will say to the other young man, and it's difficult to tell when he's going through things in his mind, and when he's actually talking to the other guy. The last two sections of the book are the best part. The conversation between the narrator and his father had me crying.

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