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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781843546535
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Review by CookieDemon
The fact that this novel is set in Italy, my favourite country, was enough to ensure that I would be sure to enjoy the settings evoked by this authors prose, but if you add in the fact that it is a bittersweet romance with bold characters you cannot help but care about, then you are guaranteed a winner.I won't summarise the plot as that has already been done, but I wanted to add in my two-pence worth at least and agree that this is a really beautiful novel. I read a lot of gay fiction, some of which is erotic and overly done, but this was a truly tender romance and I really found myself aching for the two men and their longing for one another. Their self doubts and insecurities and the will they/won't they scenario was carefully paced and tied in so well with the laid back summer setting in which the story was based. It had a very dreamlike quality to it which I really admired.The writing style is wonderful, evocative and rich with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Italy. You can virtually feel the hot summer seeping through the pages and imagine yourself in the sun-drenched Meditteranean. The characters are very well drawn, though at first I did feel that Elio seemed to be far too intelligent for his age, but hey-ho. I fell in love with Oliver who initially seemed to be a bit of a play boy, until eventually his realness shone through.I loved this book, though for me it does lose one star merely because I did find it difficult to follow Elio's narrative voice on occaision- particularly with his high-brow interests which for me just didn't seem that true and became a bit pretentious at times. Nevertheless, if you can get past this then you are in for a real treat of a book which deals with the issue of male/male relationships in a sensitive manner.I will definitely read more books by Aciman in future.*This review also appears on Amazon.co.uk*
Review by presto
Seventeen year old Elio lives on the Italian Riviera where his parents have a villa. Each summer his father invites a student to live in and assist him in his work, this year that student is a Canadian in his early twenties, Oliver, charming, handsome and, to Elio among others, very attractive.Elio recounts the events of that summer from his first impressions of Oliver, through the weeks their of courtship manoeuvring, to the final consummation of their affair and their few days together in Rome. Elio concludes his account relating his meeting with Oliver at a latter date. This is delightful story, Elio seems unaware of the good fortune of the circumstances of his life, and is unspoilt and unassuming. The seemingly on-off relationship between Elio and Oliver is charmingly and convincingly portrayed; it all adds up to a most rewarding read.