Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

by Andre Aciman
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Overview

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Now a Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and Written by Three Time Academy Award Nominee James Ivory

An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our Time

Andre Aciman's 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. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Ficition

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A New York Magazine "Future Canon" Selection • A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch's) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374707729
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 9,875
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

André Aciman is the author of Eight White Nights, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor of The Proust Project (all published by FSG). He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and lives with his wife in Manhattan.
André Aciman is the author of Out of Egypt and False Papers, and the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his family in Manhattan.

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Call Me By Your Name 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Casperthghost13816 More than 1 year ago
Not in a long time has a book affected me in such a way. When I stared this book, I loved the writing style and the description of Elio's world. But then I suddenly became attached to Elio. I felt what he felt. His fascination, his desires, his admiration, and after a while his love for Oliver. You feel as though you are there, sitting in the thick, warm atmosphere of an Italian Riviera, seeing every step of the blossoming relationship between Oliver and Elio. Yet always wondering what will happen when this guest finally has to leave?
The biggest surprise of this book is that Aciman describes the one thing that everyone in this world looks for and many do not find, total intimacy. Where two people become one unit, not just physically but emotionally. Where both people become each other. Even though I have finished the book, I still am looking at it, re-reading whole chapters just because this book has affected me in such a way.
Try this book, not only will it touch your heart but it will make you wonder and feel things that you haven't felt in a very, very long time.
Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
If only we all could express who we were at 17 with such grace, honesty and lucidity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well i thought the book was written very differently than any other book i've read, so it pulled me in right away. but i'm not sure how i feel about it. elio's obsession sometimes creeped me out, but sometimes i related so well, because i've had the same emotions. it's one of those books where it feels like you're the only one who's read it and it's such an engrossing book that it feels like your life. it will also definitely stay with me for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is, plainly and simply, an exquisitely-written love story that has haunted me long after I finished reading it. The story and characters touched my heart, and I found myself rereading excerpts and passages that were particularly beautiful. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not think I have ever read such a beautiful masterpiece. This book leaves you aching for what must exist, and yet can only exist within the pages of fiction. There are innumerable quotes and passages that will touch your heart and leave you breathless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book! Oh, this book! If you have ever fallen instantly, with every cell in your body, for someone, then you will read your own story in this book. There is no character named Elio; you are Elio and Oliver is your lover. Beware - you will re-live every detail of your affair - from the anxiety ridden beginning to the lust-fueled middle to the heart-wrenching end. You will find yourself staying up too late at night to read this book, and then staying up later still re-living the insanity that was your own romance. You will find yourself seeking out your current partner, just so you can close your eyes and pretend that your Oliver is once again touching you. And you will wish, you will wish, that you had thought to ask your lover to "Call Me By Your Name."
Etoile More than 1 year ago
The best book I've ever read, Aciman writes in a touching beautiful way, I felt what Eliot felt, I could listen to the cicadas, I could feel the warm Italian breeze over my skin. Now that I've finished the book, I miss Eliot, Oliver, Italy, and the beautiful words in Call me by your name. I found out that it is possible to call other person by your name, because you share a deep connection, and I realized that love goes beyond what I had thought. I would never forget this book, written in a really realistic way, describing carefully each feeling, each action, seducing you in each page, leaving you totally gasped with your heart beating tenderly. I have the fondest love for this unforgettable book, that will not rest on my mind, on the contrary my mind, my heart , myself will rest in the book, in the middle of that Italian summer for ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I suggest it to anyone who loves a good love story. If Oliver and Elio's characters were writen any differently it would'nt be as good as it was. It will definitely go on the bookshelf with my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly amazing novel. The author does a great job of building Oliver and Elio's relationship. Taking them slowly, and sometimes painfully, from friends to lovers. Aciman also does a magnificent job describing the sights sounds feelings emotions and everything you could possibly want to know. Brilliant! I was hooked from the beginning when we first meet Oliver, and couldn't put it down. Even when I started crying in the 4th and final part. A real tearjerker! Overall it's too good to be summed up in a review, it's definitely a must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a wonderful book. Although it rips your heart out, it is so well written and so evocative of it's setting, Italy, that although I've never been there, I could see and smell it. By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew these characters, and exactly what they looked like. This book is absolutely worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel has universal appeal. Both young and old, gays and straight people, and especially people who admire lovely prose, will find it irresistible. A novel as magnificent and gripping as this gets published only once in a blue moon. This novel will grip your mind at the very beginning, and the witty, charming voice of its narrator, seventeen years old Elio, will lead you through the wondrous tunnel of human emotions such as desire, passion and lust, in search of the elusive and slippery love. The story is about young Elio¿s intense infatuation with the handsome American, twenty-four years old Oliver, a post-doctoral scholar and author, who comes as a house-guest to stay for six weeks at Elio¿s villa in the Italian Riviera. Elio is well-read and talented. He can sing, and play guitar and piano, too. Both men like to jog and play tennis. They love to swim and they flirt on the beach and indulge in witty dialogue. The author, Andre Acimen, succeeds in creating an illusion that the two young men make a perfect pair - a match made in heaven. But nothing in this world is perfect, of course, and nothing lasts for ever. And there lies the tension and the aches and pains a reader feels, and the torment one suffers while reading this novel. If you ever had crush on someone when you were a teenager, reading this novel will bring out the long dormant memories to the surface, and you will feel the sweet aches and experience the torments again, like new. Perhaps you will also feel an overwhelming desire to read some passages again, only to marvel at the glittering prose, at sentences of extraordinary beauty and elegance. Here is Elio¿s reflection on his jogging with Oliver on the beach: ¿I liked it when our feet were aligned, left with left, and struck the ground at the same time, leaving footprints on the shore that I wished to return to and, in secret, place my foot where his had left its mark.¿ If you are young at heart, you will easily empathize with Elio and feel all his emotions, and if you are very old at heart, and thought your heart petrified so long ago that it was incapable of feeling desire, passion, lust and love, you will be utterly astonished to hear your heart begin to sing a few notes again. And you most certainly will witness the alchemy of Andre Aciman¿s poetic prose slowly transmuting the baser human emotions of passion and lust into precious and divine love. Reading this novel will touch and warm your heart.
Anonymous 7 days ago
That’s it.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was beautiful and enticing, it held me close and refused to let me go. Elio may not be the most reliable narrator but he's real and raw and he's full of flaws but also charming perfections. Spoilers Below I'm over here sobbing my eyes out, feeling what must be the pain Elio never truly expressed. I fell in love with this story and these characters and right now my heart truly aches. Love is so mysterious and people are so afraid of the truth. I wish more than anything that they could have lived and loved for their whole lives together as they deserved. I honestly don't understand how two people fully made to fit each other so perfectly could turn from it. It hurts that they found each other only to never have more than a month together. A life time of regret and longing and for what? I don't know. If you ever find someone you love this much do not let them leave so carelessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I thought this was going to be a slog, but then the book found it's beautiful voice and the prose started to soar. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Call me by Your Name by André Aciman This is a coming of age novel, a love story between Elio, a 17 y/o Italian Jew and Oliver, a 24 y/o college professor from Columbia University. Elio's family offer a room for two months in the summer on their Italian Riviera home to a college graduate so that they can do some sabbatical work. The student helps Elio's father, a college professor, with his work while working on his/her project. On Elio's 17th birthday, this person happens to be Oliver. Oliver is trying to write a book on Heraclitus. He meets and becomes part of Elio's family life: mom and dad; Mafalda, the cook; Manfredi, her husband and chauffeur; Anchise, the gardener. The neighbors: Vimini, the 10 y/o girl with leukemia, Chiari, the slotty girl who seduces Oliver, Marzia, Elio's first carnal experience. However, from the minute they meet, the physical connection between Elio and Oliver is colossal. At first, Oliver tries to avoid involvement, but Elio is resilient on his quest. As they finally consume their love, Elio is first run by guilt. Guilt is followed by acceptance, and acceptance ends with a three day stay in Rome where Elio and Oliver live like lovers in an upscale hotel rented by Elio's father. They party with writers, poets, and artists and Elio, who is brilliant and an accomplished musician, decides this is the life he wants. As Oliver returns to his college life in New England, he stays in touch with Elio. "...we'll speak about two young men who found much happiness for a few weeks and lived the remainder of their lives dipping cotton swabs into that bowl of happiness, fearing they'd use it up, without daring to drink more than a thimbleful on ritual anniversaries." The book ends with the two lovers meeting 23 years later when Elio asks Oliver, now married with two kids, to "look me in the eye, hold my gaze, and call me by your name." Told from the Elio's first person point of view the book is an enjoyable story of love, lust, acceptance, and growth. The prose is at points poetic. "...what happens when two beings need, not just to be close together, but to become so totally ductile that each becomes the other. To be who I am because of you. To be who he was because of me." A beautiful love story.
wordstoliveby More than 1 year ago
At times creepy. But ultimately I found this book to be very pleasant. It had beautiful characters and an interesting plot. And it was exactly the right length, which in these days, is hard to do.  Read it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really draws you into every nuance of discovering one's same sex attraction. Each chapter invites the reader to savor the subtle complexities of attraction, loving, confusion, hope, and maturing self awareness. You'll go back to it over and over and never be disappointed.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
I was worried when I started reading the novel. I saw where it was headed and didn't think it would be a book I enjoy. It is definitely not one of my usual selections. The books I read tend to be historical fiction with long flowing prose. This book is written is short, Hemingway, get to the point sentences. It was hard to figure out what was happening in the beginning, then it fell into place. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book and the love story it presents. Just as my title says, it was a very interesting and unique read. I don't know that it is for everyone. But it did me some good to get out of my comfort zone and try a new genre and author.
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Beautiful. Amazing. Brilliantly written love story and coming of age story that opens up your eyes to see the world and experiences in a whole new light. If you can remember your first love or that moment when you realized you found the love of your life, this wonderful book is for you.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
I cannot overstate the beautiful writing in this book. Descriptively raw yet tender, bold yet intimate, heavy yet sensitive. On the other hand, the story was bland. I recommend it for the writing style alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago