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Call Me By Your Name

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,768 Ratings  ·  905 Reviews
A 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. It tells how unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Atlantic Books (first published 2007)
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Aug 17, 2015 julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to julio by: karen
little intimacies.


of the many, many aspects of this book that resonated with us, one in particular was the basis of an interesting exchange between me and author santino hassell.

that exchange is excerpted below.

SH: what do you think so far

JAG: i like it. it's very good at being what i think of as authentic teen gay boy POV

SH: it reminds me of something

JAG: it reminds me of a lot of things

SH: the parts where he's talking about how hot and cold the love interest dude gets

JAG: yes, with his facial
Jan 16, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to make fun of this maddening book, but really, I must just want to make fun of myself for loving it. The bare bones of the story could have been assembled using some kind of Gay Coming of Age Novel Trope Generator. Teenager. Grad student. Italian beach. Fruit. Poetry. Jealousy. Sex. Loss. More poetry.

But. I agree with whoever likens Aciman's approach to Proust's (which is probably everybody who has read both Aciman and Proust.) This is not a Gay Coming of Age Novel, at all; it's an el
Nick Pageant
I've put off writing this review for far too long because I'm afraid I won't do the book justice. I want to write a review that makes everyone drop what they're doing and start reading Call Me by Your Name immediately.
Reading the other reviews, I find a lot of polarization about Aciman's writing style, which I loved. Some people find him pretentious, while others find his prose bordering on poetic. I definitely fall in the latter category.
Most books are read for a good story and I understand tha
I found this novel painfully slow going at times. There was too much introspection, too little dialogue. The young grad student and the 17-year-old narrator annoyed me with their wishy-washy feelings and emotions. I craved more intensity and passion. Despite its flaws, I was gradually swept away by the lovely writing, the setting, and growing intimacy between the two main characters. Knowing early on these two young men were not destined to remain together did not prevent me from being deeply mo ...more
Santino Hassell
This is a beautifully written story of passion, obsession, and possibly love.

It's told primarily in the voice of a highly intelligent 17 year old boy living in the Italian Riviera with his family. They are wealthy, have a beautiful villa, and allow tourists to visit, and writers to stay there for the summer. The book is about the obsession the narrator, Elio, has for a young professor named Oliver (one of the writers staying for the summer). The atmosphere is perfectly described. I could picture
Jan 01, 2015 MishyJo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MishyJo by: Nick Pageant
Shelves: nick-books
Second reading 1-1-15. Just as beautiful the second time. Crying on a crowded plane is normal, right?
Original review:

This is not one of those books where I cried all the way through. I didn’t cry at all in fact. Until I realized it was over. And the fact that it ended where it did, how it did, destroyed me. And now, a few days later as I read other people’s updates of this book and the quotes they are including, I realize the significance of those moments I may have missed before and I ge
Jun 22, 2012 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: swing your little axe or be an oak tree if you can
Recommended to Mariel by: this cat's asking if I've seen a little bit of his lost passion but yeah only when I pedal past him
I hadn't a hope left. And maybe I stared back because there wasn't a thing to lose now. I stared back with the all-knowing, I-dare-you-to-kiss-me gaze of someone who both challenges and flees with one and the same gesture.

I can't find again the Jean Rhys line in one of her short stories that the hopeless are more sincere. It stuck out to me and I read a few of the stories again (well worth the time, anyway) trying to find it. Oh, well. I agree with this if it means that if it comes from a place
May 31, 2016 Kirstine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He was my secret conduit to myself - like a catalyst that allows us to become who we are, the foreign body, the pacer, the graft, the patch that sends all the right impulses, the steel pin that keeps the soldier's bone together, the other man's heart that makes us more us than we were before the transplant."

I saw someone call this book 'maddening', I think I'd like to second that. I never expected it to get under my skin like it's done. And I certainly never expected to read scenes that ought t
Mar 23, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page after claustrophobic page, reading Call Me By Your Name felt a bit like trying to fall asleep with the covers pulled completely over my head -- creating a warmer, humid, slightly uncomfortable place -- because the bedroom's a bit chilly and immersed within bed covers is, despite a distinct lack of space around the body, the head, the mouth, the best place to be.

I could never fully separate from the narrator, this 17 year old kid Elio consumed by his first serious feelings for another human
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

"Call me by your name, and I'll call you by mine."

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If you want to read a real review (you know, one that actually has some quality to it), I recommend clicking over to Nick or Julio's instead of this one.

Still here? Don't say I didn't warn you.

Call Me By Your Name is the story of an all-encompassing love affair between a teenaged boy and an older guest who is spending the summer at his family's home. For Elio, this is a time of expl
Feb 28, 2009 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thesis-book-list
I've been roaming around for weeks now, proselytizing to any and all who will listen, on behalf of this novel. Call My by Your Name completely gutted me. I haven't read a novel that so powerfully affected me in a very long time.

There are many fine, nuanced, wonderful reviews of the book up here already, so I'll just touch on one aspect of the novel that I found particularly surprising in its acuity of vision and the precision of its rendering, beyond its portrait of desire: Elio's habit of proje
Mike Puma
Sep 07, 2010 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aciman takes a privileged young man (Elio, age 17) who resides in a household of intellectual abundance, and lets him narrate his own story of coming of age and coming to love. At once peevish and peculiar, vulgar and verbose, precocious and pretentious, Elio’s story—every thought and emotion, every slight and every erection—is laid bare for the reader. Aciman walks a fine line revealing a young narrator who is carnal, caring, and confused and brings him to an adulthood as complex as his youth, ...more
Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠
Dec 13, 2015 Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!
Recommended to Kat is a Glitter Pirate ☠ by: Nick

"If not later, when?"

I was going to give myself some time to process what I'd read before I attempted a review so I could give this book the justice it deserves. Then it occurred to me that the way I feel about it won't change. Whether I write this review now - straight after I've finished reading it - or in a year's time, the result will be the same, I'll still be in awe. It's just that kind of book. The kind that's guaranteed to always stay with you.

So this is all I've got:

Exquisite in every
“We had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”

I've been a good girl. Not only did I find the courage to finally read this book, but I got myself nice and numb promising not to cry, and I managed to stick to the plan. No tears were spilled.

But the pain, the all consuming crashing heaviness around my heart doesn't stop choking me up! This book has nearly broken me.

I kept holding my own hand reading this, the hand of a much younger me, a teenager, full of love, hope and romanti
Dec 27, 2011 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm in two minds about this book. I found it a lot of it self-indulgent, sub-Brodkeyean word playing, without any of the emotional charge and depth that Brodkey provides. I had no sense of Oliver's charm or the narrator's desirability, and I found their sexual flip-flopping deeply unconvincing. I also find it hard to believe that any bookseller with an ounce of sense would organise a poetry reading in Rome in August. Having said all that, I did read it to the end and was left with a sense of the ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Christin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished reading it and promptly burst into tears.

Maybe not so prompt because I could feel it in the back of my throat for the last fifty pages which I read like Oliver and Elio's trip to Rome: voracious and hoping it would never end.

ETA: Been thinking about this book a lot all week and while my original assumption was that I cried because of the missed opportunity and the heartbreak, I decided the last line (which is such a killer, I can't even read just that without tearing up) is about some
Nov 09, 2014 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Original review posted 18 June 2014

I did not want this book to end. As I was turning the pages I was deliberately slowing down my reading pace not only to avoid the inevitable ‘Fin’ but also to re-read paragraphs, hell, full pages just because of the pleasure their words gave me.

This is not a book to read to escape but to experience.

I am afraid that whatever review I attempt to write, it will be too emotional, or worse, will sound like a love letter to the author written by a teenager so I woul
Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, favourites
“We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”
This is not a real review. This is a collection of gifs depicting my reading experience, and the aftermath. Basically is a bunch of images of crying people and beautiful quotes. This is a good book. Read it.



“Did I want him to act? Or would I prefer a lifetime of longing provided we both kept this little Ping-Pong game going: not knowing, not-n
What to say?... I finished this book last night (or this morning) at 3:00 am. I thought of turning on my computer and writing a review but 1. It was late as fuck and I had to get up at 6:00; 2. I was still crying; 3. I didn't know what to say, and that hasn't changed much, I've got to tell you.

This book is a sort of coming of age story, it is but it isn't.. if that makes any sense. One summer in the mid eighties Oliver goes to Italy to spend a summer there, there's this family who owns this hous
Anyta Sunday
This book was the first gay story I read as an adult. It absolutely blew me away, it's beautiful and haunting and I just love it. The prose is perfect--literary, but not too purple (in my opinion)--I was just swept away with it. It's incredibly sensual and evocative. At the end of reading it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. For weeks (years) I still have moments where I'm remembering a part of this story.

It's not a romance by romance standards (if you are looking for guy meets guy and a simpl
Jun 03, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mandy by: Nick Pageant
Shelves: m-m, gay-lit
If Not Later, When?

This book tells a story of two men who have found total intimacy that marks their life, regardless of the paths they have taken afterwards.

" You are the only person I’d like to say goodbye to when I die, because only then will this thing I call my life make any sense. And if I should hear that you died, my life as I know it, the me who is speaking with you now, will cease to exist."
Christopher Alonso
Apr 26, 2016 Christopher Alonso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq
This broke me.

Edit 08/25/2015

I keep thinking about this book, and recommending it to readers, and I even brought it to grad school so I could reread passages from it, so because I still thinking about the writing, it's going on my favorites.

Before I started this book:

I can't believe it!

I read the blurb and I had a feeling that I KNEW the story, but I thought, "How could I have this feeling if I have not read it yet?!"

And then I started to read it AND again this feeling "I KNOW IT".

And do you know what? I have this book on my REAL shelf!
As a paperback! In GERMAN!

I bought it some years ago by Amazon, BEFORE my kindle-era!
And since that I'VE TRIED it already TWICE.

And now I have to ask myself, "DO I REALLY WAN
Dec 04, 2012 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, loved
I cried throughout almost all of the ending pages and on the very last page I conveniently burst into sobs. This book is amazingly beautiful, and has got under my skin like no other book has ever quite managed to do so in this way. It's so darn powerful I can't even comprehend the idea of writing a review to fully compact all of my thoughts and feelings because I can't even articulate them myself. There is this sense of lust and absence at the heart of this novel and so beautifully is it describ ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Elfscribe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just read one of those rare books that just pierces your heart with aching beauty and the richness, pain, and passion of the human experience. "Call Me By Your Name" by Andre Aciman is about a 17 year old Italian boy named Elio who falls for another young man, an American scholar just out of college, who comes to his house for 6 weeks to work with Elio's father on a book. It is an unusual household, full of talented, erudite people and young Elio is also extraordinary for his musical gifts, ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recs-by-friends
I decided to read this book on the recommendation of Nick and I'm so glad I did. The writing style is very VERY different than what I'm use to, but it didn't keep me from enjoying it. There was several times when I had to stop and re-read. Not because of confusion, but because it was so beautifully worded.

Words can sometimes just be...words. But when they are put together in a certain way they can have a lasting affect on you. Call Me by Your Name is a book that will do just that. If you are loo
Sep 27, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Nick Pageant
Shelves: favorites, reviewed

[This review may contain spoilers.]


He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn't changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dream-making and strange remembrance.

What Call Me by Your name left me with the exact moment in which the last page slipped away, was slight confusion, sharp astonishment and heavy breathing; all of them driven by a pain in the chest.

Mixed feelings, aren't they? I am going to try to express myself the bes
Oct 23, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: statunitensi
"All'improvviso mi resi conto che eravamo in un tempo preso in prestito, che il tempo è sempre in prestito e che la banca che ce l'ha concesso viene a riscuotere la rata proprio quando siamo meno preparati a pagare e, anzi, ce ne servirebbe dell'altro."

Chi pensa di avere davanti l'ennesimo romanzetto adolescenziale sul più classico degli amori a scadenza, quello estivo, si sbaglia di grosso: e ben presto si ritroverà rapito incredibilmente da un romanzo che parla di tutti, a tutti. Chiamami col
Do not read this book if you are shy with sexually adventurous literature. Seriously.

Do not read this book if you are repelled by a lucid, introspective style of writing that is its own take on Kerouac, and that which borrows (a bit) from Wolfe and Burrows—in terms of long, flowing, stream of consciousness writing, which is fucking brilliantly composed.

Do not read this book if you think that sexual development, sexual identity, and all that scary stuff in between is easily conceptualized, easil
It really is a maturation as a reader to be able to say, "This writing is not compelling to me and does not resonate with me. I am not the pawn of the published geniuses with the forwards or the teasers on the book jacket. Just because Nicole Krauss and Colm Toibin think it's awesome, not liking this does not make me an illiterate troglodyte. DA-AMN. Edit much?"

Italy. Summer. Forbidden love. And yet. I kind of want to stick a spork in my eye after reading this.

The plot summary: Brokeback Mountai
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André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of seventeenth-century literature. He has also written many essays and reviews on Marcel Proust. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler as well as in many volumes of The Best American Ess ...more
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“I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name” 74 likes
“Did I want him to act? Or would I prefer a lifetime of longing provided we both kept this little Ping-Pong game going: not knowing, not-not-knowing, not-not-not-knowing? Just be quiet, say nothing, and if you can't say "yes," don't say "no," say "later." Is this why people say "maybe" when they mean "yes," but hope you'll think it's "no" when all they really mean is, Please, just ask me once more, and once more after that? 49 likes
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