Call Me by your Name

Call Me by your Name

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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.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017, c2007
Edition: 1st Picador Movie Tie-in ed
ISBN: 9781250169440
Branch Call Number: ACI
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 21 cm

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bpl_staff Feb 10, 2020

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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esrobbins
Feb 17, 2020

DNF. I really wanted to like this book. The writing is so good. But I found myself not looking forward to reading more. It’s very Lady Chatterly’s Lover in terms of forbidden romance. Aciman very accurately captures what it feels like to be infatuated/in love with someone

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 08, 2020

Call Me By Your Name is a poetic yet controversial novel. The use of rich imagery and flowery language immediately drew me in. The descriptive language used to describe the Italian setting painted such an accurate description I felt like I was there. Oh wait, I actually was in Italy while reading this book and thus I know how accurate the environment was. The story was fascinating and compelling, constantly forcing me to read just one more page, until I was up late into the night. My biggest issue with this book was the central relationship between an adult and a minor. The main character of the book, Elio, is only 17 when he gets into a relationship with a 24 year old. The fact that this is taboo is discussed a bit at the beginning of the book but is then brushed off later on, despite how toxic and unbalanced the relationship is. This age gap made me incredibly uncomfortable, so during the course of reading the book I imagined the characters to be much closer in age, so I could finish reading. Without the predatory age gap, this book would have been phenomenal, however no amount of pretending can take away how awful that aspect of the book was. I would recommend reading this book on a vacation but would caution it against anyone who is triggered by pedophilia. 2.5/5
@nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Inner_Typewriter
Jan 27, 2020

Pure magic!

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cutebrunette
Dec 23, 2019

is this a paraphilia situation in which an adult desires or engages in sexual relations with a child. The book and the movie is promoting Pedophilia. I knew this would be next. soon children will be able to marry grown men.

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abbycaroline
Dec 22, 2019

This book is undoubtedly flawed, but I think that’s what makes it so beautiful. In the first parts of the book, we see the raw romance blossoming between Elio and Oliver. I understand how many may find this repulsive, as their love for each other is so unrelenting that it may seem gross at times. However, with further thought, I think it just goes to show the complexity of the affection the two characters hold for each other. It shows how real passion works, how many, not even Elio’s own mother and father, could achieve meaningful intensity in their relationship. While I think the first parts are lovely, I think the last part of the book is where I saw Elio and Oliver’s love for each other the most. We see how their relationship ceases to dissolve, even in as far as two decades after their last day together in Italy. The development of the ending was absolutely astonishing. This is one reason why I would prefer the book over the film adaptation. I think seeing how Oliver and Elio still remember every detail of their time together two decades after the fact strengthens the relationship we see, as readers, between them. It literally brought tears to my eyes. While the film does give us a sad ending (spoiler alert) finishing with a phone call from Oliver to bring news of his engagement, I feel that seeing how the characters moved on with their lives after they had met the other brings a much more melancholic feeling of facing the reality of a love that could never be. All in all, I thought the book was rough, raw, and a perpetually beautiful piece of literature.

VaughanPLDavidB Sep 25, 2019

DNF. About nine years ago, I read what I thought was the worst book I had ever laid eyes on: The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud. Well move over Johanna, you've just been replaced. I forced myself to finish Part 1 of Call My By Your Name, and I have to say that it was 63 pages of the most annoying drivel I have ever read. As I read this dreary narration of a love-struck teenager, I found myself repeatedly saying out loud, "You're pathetic." I couldn't persuade myself to read one more word from this character. What I really wanted to do was jump into the book and give him a couple of good hard slaps and tell him to pull himself together and find some self-respect. I would say that my taste in novels doesn't run outside the mainstream, but I honestly can't imagine how this book could be so well-reviewed.

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acad29065
Jul 22, 2019

Every moment is beautifully captured. The last third of the book especially encapsulates the quaint, nostalgic feeling of warm summer nights running through the streets of Rome. Absolutely excellent.

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rab1953
Mar 07, 2019

What is André Aciman doing with Elio? Is he a naïve youth exploring different aspects of his feelings and personalities? Or is he a self-deluding narcicist who sees everything the the unreliable lenses of his shifting passions? I suppose he is both, which, for me, makes him a bit difficult to relate to. I want to shake him up and say, come on, you’re a smart kid, intellectual, talented, sensuous, feeling. Why are you wallowing in this overblown romanticism? Either jump the guy or move on, but don’t mope endlessly.
And there’s the problem, I suppose. Elio is a romantic teenager, exploring his identity and trying to come to terms with his desires, both emotional and sexual. In his relationship with Marzia, he learns something about love and willingly sharing his psychic being with another person. In his relationship with Oliver, he goes farther, and wants to become Oliver when he says, Call me by your name. Communication is a repeated theme in the novel, with successful and unsuccessful communications that range from the hinted and unspoken messages that Elio wants to read in a glance and that extend to to his desire for total intimacy and shared knowledge. But communication is the last thing that any of the characters find here when they are so often speaking at cross-purposes and avoiding what they want to say. And perhaps that’s the point.
Aciman parallels Elio’s two relationships when he joins them in the gift of the book, Se l’amore, If love. But the relationship with Marzia is a brief and simple one that Elio quickly abandons. The relationship with Oliver is complex and layered, which Elio (and I) hoped would prove to be more lasting. (This is a little ironic, as the European sensibility is portrayed here as more sophisticated and complex, while the American Oliver is brash and straightforward.) Aciman also mocks the literature of love in the pretentions and artifice of the poetry reading in Rome, which Elio sees through but still enjoys.
But of course, this is a summer love and even Elio knows that Oliver is leaving at the end of a few weeks. So he ends the summer heartbroken but wiser for having experienced a deep connection to Oliver. This is so familiar that it’s a cliché, even if it’s one that a reader can enjoy.
But then, there’s the conversation with Elio’s father, in which his father hints that he gave up (repressed) his homosexuality and married, ending up in a distant relationship with his wife. He tells Elio not to make the same mistake, not that Elio seems likely to. Elio does, however, show some casual homophobia in his self-loathing after his first sexual experience with Oliver, when he compares it the next morning with his experience with Marzia. Since the story seems to be set in about the 1970s or ’80s, that’s probably common enough for some young men, particular given Elio’s ambivalence. This adds a sociological line to the story that seems out of tone with the exaggerated romanticism of the rest of the story.
There’s another layer of complication here. The story is in the first person, in Elio’s voice, but apparently as a recollection of a distant past. A contemporary narrator occasionally makes an appearance reflecting on Elio’s story. And Elio himself re-connects briefly with the married Oliver later in life, and still finds a bond of unspoken communication. Is this story the naïve voice of Elio the younger or the mocking voice of Elio the mature exaggerating the naivety of his youth? In fact, there were several times, before the appearance of the narrator, where I wondered if this story was a satire of romantic self-absorbed youth. Perhaps this is how to take the story of the peach, so sensuous and yet so ridiculous.
So is this an exploration of the formation of the identity of a young gay man in the 1980s, or is it a satirical reflection on the comical exaggerations of romantic love? I’ll be interested to read what other readers comment on the novel.

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singidunum_25
Jan 02, 2019

Beautifully written novel is powerful ode to love and everything that comes with it: infatuation, obsession, exhilaration, passion, doubt, regrets and etc.

EmilyC_KCMO Aug 28, 2018

Thoughtful, introspective narration and a heartwrenching story. If you're looking for a coming-of-age gay romance and a good cry: this is your book.

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