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.
Before jumping into the book, just thought I'd add that I read the book after watching the movie (which I rarely do) but in this case I actually loved that I did it in that order. The movie really stays true to the book (apart from the ending) and when reading the book you notice some quotes that really stuck with you from the movie and I was just impressed with how close the two of them were. I hate when
This book is a very emotional and passionate account of finding and losing love where you least expect it. Within a few pages you are fully in the mind of the protagonist, Elio, and you experience what can only be described as a lustful and hugely intense coming of age journey. There were times where I did feel it dragged on a bit and you just wanted to shake Elio and tell him to do something rather than sitting around and pining for someone from afar. I also think it would have been interesting to have a few chapters from Oliver's point of view.
The level of emotional want and intensity in this book is like nothing I have ever read and it took me by surprise because you don’t see this level of intensity until later in the movie. Whereas, it starts very early on in the book and dramatically increases as the story unfolds.
I read this book pretty quickly and loved the style of writing. Aciman has a beautiful way of immersing the reader in the world he depicts. I felt like I was in Italy with Elio and Oliver and could easily capture their world.
In a way, this book feels like you are reading a memoir of Aciman's, due to the language used and the level of detail in which he describes Elio and Oliver’s relationship - it’s really impressive and insanely captivating.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'I suddenly realised that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more...'
I really don't know...I found Elio a little annoying sometimes and I just didn't feel totally drawn to Oliver so I think I'll give a choosing a favourite character a miss for this one.