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A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Vulture Book Club Pick

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


André 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' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepar
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Deborah Yaffe I think the explanation for Oliver's choice is deliberately left ambiguous, because the story stays so intensely in Elio's point of view. Perhaps Oliv…moreI think the explanation for Oliver's choice is deliberately left ambiguous, because the story stays so intensely in Elio's point of view. Perhaps Oliver is bisexual; perhaps he thinks a more conventional life will be easier or better for his career; perhaps he wants children; perhaps he doesn't have the courage to try to live at the pitch of intensity that he and Elio have sustained during their weeks together; perhaps, as Alex suggests below, he doesn't think that intensity could be sustained and would rather affirmatively choose to surrender it at its peak than see it wither over time.

What I think the (incredibly beautiful and sad) final pages of the book suggest is that he and Elio have both come to see what could only be understood in retrospect: that what they had was unique, irreplaceable, unrepeatable. But at the same time, they've also come to see that this is true of much that happens to us: every choice means a road not taken in a parallel life. Every life is like the Basilica of San Clemente, in which each new structure is built on the ruins of what came before. We are who we are in part because of what we've lost. (OK, now I'm going to start crying again. . .)

Loved this book.(less)
Alex He said: "I could never stand my own. But this is yours." He was showing Elio that he wanted even the parts of him that could be considered dirty and …moreHe said: "I could never stand my own. But this is yours." He was showing Elio that he wanted even the parts of him that could be considered dirty and sick. He made no distinction between them and the rest.

Apart from that, it's an allusion to the title and how Aciman descibes desire: that you become your lover and he becomes you, that you don't really know if you want to have him or be him. (less)

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Julie G
A friend of mine took me to a French film festival when I was in my 20s. The first movie we watched was about a creepy little 12 or 13 year old kid who stole a piece of raw liver from his mother's kitchen and proceeded to have relations with it. He then returned the liver to the kitchen, where his mother lovingly (and none the wiser) proceeded to cook the organ meat for her family, and then we, the audience, were subjected to watching them all eat it. The little creep then got bored with stealin ...more
William2
This book is a fucking axe to the heart. But because my heart, perhaps yours, too, was broken long ago, no further damage can be done. So perhaps the book's more like a probe, yes, a very discomfiting probe, making a fuller assessment of the wreckage. The book is also a final report of the survey. Finally, one thinks, here’s someone who has not only plumbed the depths of heartbreak, but who’s taken excruciatingly detailed notes along the way revealing every nuance of the required self-abasement. ...more
Emily May
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2017
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Thomas
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, romance
2.5 stars

As a gay man, I feel happy seeing queer intimacies receive more acceptance and popularity, as evidenced by this book's film adaptation this year. I appreciate the pulsating emotions of lust and desire in Call Me by Your Name, even if my own first crushes did not manifest into much of anything. However, I struggled to get into this book. The writing felt too distant, intellectual, and heavy for me to immerse myself in Elio and Oliver's world. The book contained so much introspection and
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Kai Spellmeier
“If I could have him like this in my dreams every night of my life, I'd stake my entire life on dreams and be done with the rest.”

This book has been on my to-read list for a few years, but now that the film is set to be released, I believed it was time to get going and pick it up once and for all. From what I had seen of the film - that is shirtless Armie Hammer and not much else because I wanted to read the book before even watching the trailer - and from what I had heard about the book, I was
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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
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Ruby Granger
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2022 review:
I read this in southern Italy (perfect spot if I ever knew one) and, I must say, it wasn’t as good as I remember it being. That’s not to say it’s not good, but I remember it being better. I love the writing, the precepts, how Aciman focuses on the tiniest moments. So much of this book is internal. It’s not things happening, really, but the possibility of them happening which is much closer to real life where we’re so contained in our thoughts. He does interesting things with form and
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Lottie
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Sufjan Stevens playing softly in the distance]
David J
How wonderful it is when you find a forever book.

We're all Elio, aren't we?
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Maria
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything - what a waste!”


Phew! What an intense book, what an intense ending. Hello people, I hope you remember this lass here, I haven't written a single review in almost 6 months. Which is the entire period of my internship, the one that's almost ending now. So
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Yun
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to kill him myself . . . If I didn't kill him, then I'd cripple him for life, so that he'd be with us in a wheelchair . . . If he were in a wheelchair, I would always know where he was, and he'd be easy to find. I would feel superior to him and become his master, now that he was crippled.
Ah yes, this is a psychological thriller in which we delve deep into the mind and thoughts of a stalker. Err, you say this is a romance? Ok, you've lost me.

Let me just come out and say it: Call Me b
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Katie
Jan 14, 2008 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
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Julio Genao
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A/N 03/18: i did this. and like all my public mistakes, erasing the evidence of it won't erase the consequences.

it stays.

as much to remind me how it happened as to accept that it did at all.



little intimacies.

description

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 t
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Natasha
Me: This isn't too bad, a little boring and some questionable things but not that bad
Me: *Reads the peach scene*
Me: I am... disgusted


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Rep: m/m romance, Jewish mc, bi mc

Content warnings: sexual content, misuse of peaches 

I have a weird experience with Call Me By Your Name. I saw a YouTuber recommend it in 2015 and I wasn't reading at the time but I did look it up and it sat on my Goodreads TBR for a while. Then I found interest in it again, and I h
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Barry Pierce
Well, this fucked me up.
Sofia
All I know is pain.


Seeing jhope hip thrusting in baepsae be like.. | Bts memes hilarious, Funny kpop memes, Bts meme faces


This is a contemporary romance between a boy named Elio and his summer guest, Oliver. It's very introspective, dreamy, somehow disconnected from the physical world. I hated it.


The writing felt far away, almost--as if Elio's thoughts were from a whole different planet altogether. It's 50% obscure literary references and 50% Elio being melodramatic and angsty. It is An Important Book™.


Elio is a shallow character who is only half crafted. Before Oliver, he was nothing. We know
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demi. ♡
❥ 1 / 5 stars - DNF @ PAGE 42

Guys, I don’t get it. I don’t get why this book got such a high average rating like this. I can’t even stand being in Elio’s head. Don’t you think this guy is super creepy?

For instance, while they were talking about apricot, instead of him thinking about apricot, what do you think he thought of? APRICOCK! Oliver’s cock!

WUTTTTTT? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!


But that one didn’t make me stop reading this book. THIS ONE DID.

If I didn’t kill him, then I’d cripple him for
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Yu
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Love or intimacy is not about saying sentimental words for the sake of saying sentimental words even though you have shared almost nothing and know nothing about one another, nor is it about living in your fantastical dream detached from reality, nor is it about sex or everything that dirtiest mind of the protagonist associates with sex.
This book is nothing but over-sentimental, redundant, hubristic, dishonest words that pretend to convey love and intimacy, but indeed convey nothing but resentm
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daph pink ♡
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
I turned on spotify , put my head phones on and played the song MYSTERY OF LOVE.
HECK I AM READY TO WRITE THE REVIEW OF THIS BOOK.



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Me after 15 mins of staring at the screen with tears in my eyes and song plying in my ears and mind thinking about how beautiful is this book!

I freaking fucking loved this book.(understatement of the year!)

No words, no phrase, no vocabulary, no language can put my feelings for this book in words.
How can you even rate or review a masterpiece.

I loved it and I will
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Elyse Walters
Gorgeous prose elicits vivid emotions .....

This is a beautiful coming of age novel.... absolutely stunning!
So passionate - so all consuming!

Elio is 17 years old. Every summer his father selects and hosts a doctoral student to stay with them for the summer.
Oliver is the summer student - writing his dissertation.... he has come to Rome... wears his Star of David necklace right out in the open. Elio and his family are also Jewish - but most Jews didn’t flaunt their Star of David for anyone to see
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Reading_ Tamishly
"I thought I understood why everyone swears by Sant'Eustachio's coffee; or perhaps I wanted to think I understood, but I wasn't sure. I wasn't even sure I liked it. Perhaps no one else did but felt obliged to fall in with the general opinion and claimed that they too couldn't live without it."

Never have a line been written so accurate about not loving a popular product. In my case, this book.
For the entire first 70 percent of the book.

But if that's the way it's been written so that I could appr
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Santino Hassell
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Cecily
We are not written for one instrument alone.



Do you remember longing for something, someone (“Intoxicated rapture” and “The twisted skein of desire”), while worrying about the implications? Fear of rejection - and of acceptance? I do.

This is an achingly slow, beautiful, microscopic analysis of the glittering facets of identity. They’re painfully and joyously revealed during the fluctuating and confusing experiences of late adolescence.

Hunger and fear. “I loved the fear.” Desire and shame
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jessica
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
im flustered. im at a loss. im reeling from a multitude of thoughts and feelings.

oh, where do i even start with a book like this? the story? the characters? the prose? there was a little too much introspection for my liking. i prefer my books to have some sort of consistent plot/action to follow, but the writing, the way in which elio expressed himself, totally made up for it. the writing made my soul sing. yes, it was little bit pretentious, a little too intellectual. but goodness me. i would
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Nancy
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
Judith
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
5+Stars.

One of my top reads this year,without any doubt.








I read this weeks ago and still can't find the words to express how much I loved it.

All I can say is,

-it's beautiful,

-it made me happy,

-it made me sad,

-it just made me Feel,so many emotions.

-the writing is just stunning.


Read Nick's review,because he's said it perfectly.

Favourite quotes,


Let summer never end, let him never go away, let the music on perpetual replay play forever, I’m asking for very little, and I swear I’ll ask for not
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Nataliya
“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.”

This is a book of all-consuming obsession, sensual to the point that is feels uncomfortable to read at parts, to the point that you feel voyeristic for just sharing those very intimate emotions with Elio and really want to look away, to allow for a se
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Evgnossia O'Hara
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I've finished this book almost a week ago but I'm not able to stop thinking about it. A generator of emotions. Thought provoking. Beautiful writing style. And at the same time, raw and real.
The ending left me with my heart shattered into million pieces. I swear guys, I'm still collecting those pieces. I mean it is not only about a love story. It is about the choices we make in our
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Carmen
He was waiting for me to say something. He was staring at me.

This, I think, was the first time I dared myself to stare back at him. Usually, I'd cast a glance and then look away - look away because I didn't want to swim in the lovely, clear pool of his eyes unless I'd been invited to - and I never waited long enough to know whether I was even wanted there; look away because I was too scared to stare anyone back; look away because I didn't want to give anything away; look away because I couldn't
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Kayla Dawn
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I don't know, I'm very conflicted. I wish I could rate this higher, but I don't think it deserves that.

There were scenes that felt real and were so raw and honest, I absolutely adored them. 5 stars without a question.
But most parts just felt unnecessary and boring (that says something about a book that's only 250 pages long). Some things were repeated so often, I rolled my eyes a couple of times! I even caught myself skipping parts out of boredom. It annoys me to think about how good this coul
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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'm like you,' he said. 'I remember everything.'

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”
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