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.
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Call Me by Your Name maps the lyrical, passionate affair between a young man and his parents’ beguiling houseguest. Unfolding over the course of a languorous Italian summer, the men’s mutual seduction is at once hesitant and ferocious. Novelist André Aciman delivers a profoundly intelligent and erotic account of first love, movingly intensified by the thrills of youthful self-discovery—and self-acceptance.
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.
I’ve read this book twice. The first time was a few years ago and I had forgotten how moving, beautiful and utterly devastating it is when I picked it up for my second read for a book club last week. Now I remember why I loved it the first time and how it broke me for days. The book is a gorgeous exploration of nostalgia, youth, first love, grief and regret and it’s set in a summer long since past that makes me wish I was Italian. Glorious.
This book is honestly the best book I have ever read in my life !! I would happily read it again straight after.
I cried and cried at the book and for some time after, simply beautiful and I don’t think I will ever read a book this beautifully heartbreaking again