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Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

Call Me by Your Name (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Andre Aciman

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Title:Call Me by Your Name
Authors:Andre Aciman
Info:Atlantic Books (2009), Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:fiction, coming of age, friendship, male friendship

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Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (2007)



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This Epic Gay love story about first love is truly unforgettable. A literary masterpiece. This Gay coming of age story is beautifully written and heartbreaking. Highly recommended. ( )
  silversurfer | Jun 21, 2017 |
In the interests of full disclosure I just read this book five seconds ago so I am not at all objective about it. I started it this morning--a very bright and very cold morning in Ottawa. It brought me immediately to the generous heat of Italy in the summer. More than that, it brought me to the summers of being a teenager, where time happens differently. It moves at an agonising pace or all at once. Six weeks are an eternity in which whole lives are lived. Six weeks pass in an instant. I vacillated between these opposing perceptions of time as I read, now glorying in just how much time and space there is in a day and how long a day's emotional journey can be, now thinking that if they something didn't happen soon then any chance for them to would disappear entirely.

I loved the lengthy self-reflection, which others might find off-putting, but it's so much the way that I think about things. Elio over-analyses everything, all these small cues, because to him it just matters so much. And the small cues are important, essential. Awareness and readability of body language and what goes unsaid make up a large part of how people understand each other, and it's part of Oliver's defining traits. And how much do I love that for all of Oliver's quick ability to understand other people, for all of his certain I know myself, he can be most obtuse to his own nature.

By the time I'd finished the third part of the book I thought I'd be done with it, just trying to figure out what this last part was even for. At this point, why did this story need more than a few pages to wrap up? But that final part carried the book from excellent to incomparable (I'm being so hyperbolic, I warned you from the start that this wouldn't be objective, this perfectly written denouement meant the world to me you see). Elio's conversation with his father, the bitter-sweet interactions that are actually not a cliched bitter-sweet, that line, "You are the only person I'd like to say goodbye to when I die, because only then will this thing I call my life make any sense." I am slain by this touching, visceral book. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
This must be the novel with the highest density of truly beautiful observations I have read sofar: "This is where I dreamt of you, before you came into my life." Or: "Perhaps, in the end, it is because of time that we suffer." Etcetera. Starting off on a humoristic note, of the trials and tribulations of a young guy in love with another man, without knowing yet whether the other guy knows or not, it ends in melancholy. Very beautiful and moving this novel will stay with me for a long while. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
Chiamami col tuo Nome è il primo romanzo pubblicato in Italia di André Aciman. Ammetto che è stato il titolo ad incuriosirmi, e la lettura del romanzo ha ripagato questa curiosità. Ci troviamo davanti ad un racconto infatti molto ben costruito,probabilmente in linea con l’esperienza dell’autore come docente di letteratura. L’autore ci narra una storia d’amore molto intensa, tra il giovane Elio e Oscar, studente americano ospite nella casa estiva. Maggiori dettagli sono disponibili sul mio blog, con una recensione lunga ed articolata. ( )
  scaredda | Nov 9, 2016 |
This is one revolutionary love story. Its not even about the sexual orientation but its about the passion of young, summer love. How one summer can change your life (I know that it sounds cliche but the book is anything but). The book transports you to Italy, in its little, country bookshops to its rocky beach. The book transports you to young love (ah, young love), how "innocent" and passionate it is. This book is just full of truth. Do not expect a happy ending though. It's not sad but it is a real world ending. It is for everyone, whether you're straight or LGBT. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Apr 22, 2016 |
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In poetic, elevated prose, André Aciman has written a powerful psychological drama of two bisexual men who share their most intimate selves, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Elio’s thoughts and emotions are depicted in vivid detail that unashamedly highlights the infatuation, lust, love, and obsession that sometimes results from a first love.
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year

A New York Magazine “Future Canon” Selection

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year

One of The Seattle Times’ Michael Upchurch’s Favorite Books of the Year

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An Amazon Top 10 Editors’ pick: Debut Fiction (#6)

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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' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

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The sudden and powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera has a profound and lasting influence that will mark them both for a lifetime.

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