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Naturally, here’s an intro to André Aciman’s novel from Goodreads:
“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 Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.“
It’s incredibly likely that you’ve read or even heard of this novel, so it may come as no surprise to you that only now have I come to finally read it!
Without further ado, let’s get straight into it…
- First off, uh-hello? LGBTQ+ representation in literature? We love to see it.
- I thoroughly enjoyed how eloquently André Aciman writes. I have so many lines highlighted which touched me completely and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting them any time soon.
- The plot was definitely a highlight for me; it seemed to reflect how awkward and hyper-aware you are when you have a ~love interest~. The realism was so raw and impactful!
- I’m probably part of the minority when it comes to endings, as I’m actually a fan of ones that don’t end in a completely emotionally satisfying way! Therefore, the conclusion of Call Me By Your Name had me in tears but that was fine by me!
- To be quite honest, the only thing that slightly irked me about the novel was the pace. It kind of felt like a very long time of seeming idleness and then 5 minutes of eventfulness. Of course, I know that behind the façade of inaction, incredible sexual tension was brewing, however, I do wish that things came to a head (no pun intended 👀) a teeny tiny bit quicker – but maybe that was Aciman’s plan all along…
- “What I didn’t realise was that wanting to test desire is nothing more than a ruse to get what we want without admitting that we want it.”
- “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.”
- “Time makes us sentimental. Perhaps, in the end, it is because of time that we suffer.”
- “In the weeks we’d been thrown together that summer, our lives had scarcely touched, but we had crossed to the other bank, where time stops and heaven reaches down to earth and gives us that ration of what is from birth divinely ours.”
- “We had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”
All in all, Call Me By Your Name had me in my feels for a really long time after I read it and that’s a reaction that signifies a fantastic read to me. Aciman’s novel seems to illustrate the utter melding of two people, when true love and passion enable the transgression of boundaries, from age to location – and yet, in the end, sometimes, somehow, it doesn’t work out perfectly. Nevertheless, the honest love shared between the two people is unyielding to time, and lives on. It is such a poignant read and truly makes me believe that soulmates exist. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to be transported back to the time of awkward teenage summer love but elevated to the picturesque, intoxicating scenes of northern Italy.
OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my review and will try to get your hands on a copy (if you haven’t already!) asap – it’s really worth the read!
Have you read or seen Call Me By Your Name? Did you love it like I did or were you not a fan at all?
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