"Call Me By Your Name" is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father's house guest Oliver during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge ...
"Call Me By Your Name" is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father's house guest Oliver during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls 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 they both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.The psychological manoeuvres that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in Andre Aciman's frank and unsentimental elegy to human passion. "Call Me By Your Name" is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled and ultimately unforgettable.
I hated this book. I found the story contrived and pretentious. Everyone is so brilliant and beautiful. We know this because the author tells us so. He doesn't allow the characters to reveal themselves thereby they come off as shallow. Also he uses too many questionable similes that run on forever. Many don't make sense, others are just dumb. Paragraphs and sentences are so long and boring you lose the train of thought. It was impossible to care about the main character Elio, because as he's telling us how much he adores and yearns for Oliver , he's getting it on with some chick. Is this supposed to show us how masculine and desirable he is? Probably. It doesn't work though. Elio comes off as a spoiled drama queen who gets what he deserves.
Apr 3, 2007
Masterful Writing Incredibly Sensitive
This writer has written a beautifully crafted and poignantly sensitve account of an adolescent coming of age love affair between two young men. They both, in time ,embrace more tradional lives with wives and children but the intensity of their love is conveyed to us with such feeling that any who have loved intensely or obsessively will relate to this novel. Aciman evokes time and place in such a manner as to capture us particularly if we have experienced something similar. Reading this without some choked up emotion or with a dry eye is hard to imagine.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-09 Egyptian-born Aciman is the author of the acclaimed memoir Out of Egypt and of the essay collection False Papers. His first novel poignantly probes a boy's erotic coming-of-age at his family's Italian Mediterranean home. Elio 17, extremely well-read, sensitive and the son of a prominent expatriate professor finds himself troublingly attracted to this year's visiting resident scholar, recruited by his father from an American university. Oliver is 24, breezy and spontaneous, and at work on a book about Heraclitus. The young men loll about in bathing suits, play tennis, jog along the Italian Riviera and flirt. Both also flirt (and more) with women among their circle of friends, but Elio, who narrates, yearns for Oliver. Their shared literary interests and Jewishness help impart a sense of intimacy, and when they do consummate their passion in Oliver's room, they call each other by the other's name. A trip to Rome, sanctioned by Elio's prescient father, ushers Elio fully into first love's joy and pain, and his travails set up a well-managed look into Elio's future. Aciman overcomes an occasionally awkward structure with elegant writing in Elio's sweet and sanguine voice. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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