Book Title: Call Me By Your Name
Author: André Aciman
Published Date: January 23rd, 2007
Reading Format: Paperback / Movie Tie-In Edition
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.
The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by YourName is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.
My Thoughts on the Book
Can we all just take a moment and appreciate this amazing novel? I know most people won’t understand why I loved Call Me By Your Name so much, but, I just did. Simple as that. Reading this novel just put me in a happy place and I loved every second of it. Truly. I didn’t mind how graphic most of the scenes got (aka the iconic peach scene). All that mattered to me were the characters and the relationship between the two of them.
I didn’t mind the age gap because these days, that is no big deal and I will literally roll my eyes at people who add that in a negative review. This is first and foremost a love story. It has nothing to do with someone’s sexuality and stuff like that. We got to see two people fall in love organically and without any negativity from the other characters, and for the world we live in now it was definitely a refresher for me. I don’t know about anyone else, but it was for me.
My Thoughts on The Film
As for the film adaptation, I think – no I know – it’s my favorite film of all-time. I just get so happy when I watch it and the acting is amazing! Both Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer did one amazing job at portraying these two amazing characters. I instantly fell in love with both of them the second I finished watching the film the first time.