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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, f ...more
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…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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Emily May
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2017
“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 dreammaking and strange remembrance.”

I should probably issue a warning that this is a book I usually wouldn't like. I think. A summer romance up to its neck in purple prose and wandering introspection sounds like a nightmare. And yet, there was something so beautiful, awful, intoxicating and sad about Call Me by Your Name. Maybe I like it because - and I
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Nick Pageant
One last update to say I saw the movie! I have been verbally spanked on GR before for reviewing movies so I won't go on and on, but I will say that it's a truly beautiful film. It's perfectly done and captures the book in a way I didn't think possible. All the actors were wonderful, but Armie Hammer stole the show for me. Kudos to whoever thought to cast him because he IS Oliver. It's a sweet, sad, hopeful, film that I hope everyone gets to see. Now I'm going to go eat a few peaches.

Updating ag
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lottie
[Sufjan Stevens playing softly in the distance]
Julio Genao
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julio by: karen
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.

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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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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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Kai
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, 2017
“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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Claudia Ramírez
4.5 stars

Fue un libro encantador. Y cada que lo proceso más, me gusta MÁS. Creo que la primer lectura del año estará en mis mejores lecturas del año.

Y TODAVÍA NO VEO LA PELÍCULA PORQUE LA QUIERO VER EN EL CINE.
HASTA CUÁNDO, MÉXICO, HASTA CUÁNDO.
William1.2
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21-ce, fiction, gay, italy, bisexual, us
Shattering. 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 maybe then 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, as such it reminds us of the universality of our suffering. Finally, one thinks, here’s someone who has not only plumbed the depths of heartbreak, but who’s taken excruciatingly detailed ...more
Elyse
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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David
How wonderful it is when you find a forever book.

We're all Elio, aren't we?
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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Nhi Nguyễn
Update:

Sau bao tháng ngày đợi mong, cuối cùng thì tôi cũng đã xem được bộ phim “Call me by your name” bản full HD vietsub. Trước khi xem phim, tôi đã vô cùng ấn tượng với câu chuyện tình yêu nồng nhiệt, đắm say nhưng cuối cùng không thể có một kết thúc có hậu của hai nhân vật chính. Đó là một mối tình ngắn ngủi kéo dài vỏn vẹn chỉ 6 tuần, nhưng có sức ảnh hưởng và để lại dư vị mãi mãi về sau cho cả Elio và Oliver. Mối tình ấy diễn ra trên cái nền mùa hè nước Ý vùng Địa Trung Hải, tràn ngập ánh n
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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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Raquel Brune
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mira, no os voy a decir nada ni voy a leer otras reseñas porque este libro es demasiado especial y no merece ser arruinado por ningún tipo de juicio enrevesado de que si el argumento, si el narrador o si patatín y patatán. Mi consejo: leedlo, vivirlo, sentidlo, y que cada uno viva su propia experiencia con él positiva o negativa. Ea.
Judith
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judith by: Nick Pageant
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 nothing m
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Julie
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
Cecily
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cecily by: Carmen
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. S
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Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"—¿Te gusta estar solo? —me preguntó.
—No. A nadie le gusta estar solo. Pero he aprendido a vivir con ello".


No sé ni cómo expresar lo precioso y doloroso que es este libro. Llámame Por Tu Nombre no es sólo una historia más de dos hombres que se enamoran, es una historia de amistad, dudas, pérdida, descubrimiento, familia y, por supuesto, amor. Pero no el amor idílico de los felices por siempre jamás, sino de esos amores que trascienden el tiempo, rompen barreras, sacan sonrisas y lágrimas, cambia
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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
Carmen
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Most People
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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Caravaggion
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lgbt
LISTEN I WAS JOKING ABOUT REVIEWING THIS WITH JUST A "IT WAS PEACHY" BUT I HONESTLY CAN NOT WITH THIS BOOK

my heart is bleeding i am offended it was too much
it was so beautifully bittersweet and heartbreaking i am speechless why is it like this how DARE

one day i might write an actual more eloquent review of this but until then
let me cry my gay tears in peace
Seemita
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have loved and thus, lived
Recommended to Seemita by: Oscars 2018
I finished reading the book late last night. As Elio bid a final goodbye to Oliver, I stood by him. The mist in his eyes and heart was in mine too. And I hovered my glance on his name and let the pool in my eyes fill a little more. And then, in a pained resignation, I closed my eyes.

It has been almost a day since I read the last word of this book. And yet, the moment I picked it up to review its contents a few minutes ago, my eyes began to cloud again. Because everything read and felt and wept
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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 hea
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Anuradha
I saw the movie first. I loved it with all my heart. The book came later. I loved it too, just a little bit more.

I’d never heard anyone use “later” to say goodbye before. It sounded harsh, curt, and dismissive, spoken with the veiled indifference of people who may not care to see or hear from you again.

Later. A simple word. Before I read this book, I didn't think I would be looking at peaches differently later. I didn't think that later, I would sound like a thirteen year old when I say "I shi
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Kirstine
"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
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Maddie
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maddie by: judith
If Not Later, When? ...
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First of all I did not know there is a movie on this book I am so the last person to know anything! Below the trailor
Call Me By Your Name | Official Trailer HD (2017)
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This is me this morning reading way over my bedtime, and finishing this book, but this is just one I started and wanted to read until the end!
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Would he understand? And would he forgive?
Or was this another trick to stave off another access of loathing and shame?
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
After hearing endless acclaim for the audio version of this book, and wanting to read the book before seeing the film, I finally used an Audible credit for this. Everyone was right! You can read more about the comments about the narrator's voice here, but know he plays Oliver in the film, the older professor staying with Elio's family for the summer.

Elio is in his teens and starting to explore his sexuality. In a very Catholic country, he is Jewish, and is having feelings for Oliver and doesn't
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April
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, loved
I cried pretty much all the way through 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. 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 described throu ...more
Maria Clara
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, por Dios, qué maravilla! Estoy sin palabras. Es imposible hablar cuando los sentimientos son infinitamente superiores a las letras.
Agnieszka
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2018, reviewed

... because he was he and I was I.
These words of Montaigne trying to explain the nature of his affection to his friend Etienne de le Boetie and that he wrote down in his essay On Friendship in a way could be a motto for this novel. And these particular words come up in Call me by your name at some point.
There were so many things I loved about that novel, its atmosphere and emotions, the way it examined the nature of love and desire, passion and fascination, sadness and longing, and how raw it f
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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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“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!” 1048 likes
“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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