Monday 19 February 2018

Book Review: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Title: Call Me By Your Name
Author: André Aciman
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date: 2017 (2007)
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction / LGBT
Source: Gift

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' 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. What grows from the depths of their spirits 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 both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Wow! What can I say about Call Me By Your Name? I came to this book after having seen the film (to which I gave a 5-star review) and I love how close the movie kept to the original text, except for the ending. This is a deeply emotional, introspective narrative that captivates from the first page. Through Elio, the reader falls in love with Oliver too, and experiences the same journey from hope to despair and back again. The prose is so evocative and sensual, every word flowing, and both setting and characters are beautifully drawn. For me personally, I adore the characters on an additional level because of their talks about Dante and Haydn, as those are the sorts of conversations I'd love to have with someone too. This is a book I could definitely reread and wish to keep forever on my shelf. It's a stunning drama about a young man becoming an adult and exploring his sexuality over a hot Italian summer.

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