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Call Me By Your Name [Kindle Edition]

Andre Aciman
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Call Me By Your Name is the 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. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls 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 they both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

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"* 'Quite simply, brilliant... An effortless and unaffected erudition; a brutal, rigorous mastery of language... This is an elegy, a celebration, a meditation on the truth of passion that is nuanced and universal. It is a tremendous debut.' Francesca Segal, Observer * 'An extraordinary debut... Evocative, poetic and deeply beautiful... will strike an exquisite chord with those falling in love for the first time (or out of love for the last time) this summer.' - Tatler * 'Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful and wise book, written with both lightness and concentrated care for the precise truth of every moment in its drama... this is a miracle.' - Colm Toibin * 'Brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane and beautiful... If you can't handle the violence of regret the novel will awaken in you, or the agony of remembering wanting someone more than you wanted anything in your life, or the exquisite suffering that comes with the gain, and loss, of something that neared perfect understanding, then don't read this book... Otherwise, open the cover and let Aciman pull the pin from the grenade.' - Nicole Krauss * 'An exceptionally beautiful book... A first novel that abounds in moments of emotional and physical abandon... As much a story of paradise found as it is of paradise lost... Exquisite... Extraordinary.' - Stacey D'Erasmo, New York Times * 'The most exciting new fiction writer of the 21st century. Few novels since Proust's In Search of Lost Time are this adept at capturing the nuances of human emotion.' - Diana Fuss, New York Magazine"

Diana Fuss, New York Magazine

`The most exciting new fiction writer of the 21st century. Few novels since Proust's In Search of Lost Time are this adept at capturing the nuances of human emotion.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TLNO5O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So perfect it hurts 5 Mar. 2009
This is one of the most remarkable, most beautiful and most harrowing books I have ever read. It should be prescribed reading for any would-be writer. No. Hold the 'would-be'. It deals with the brief, intense love affair between a seventeen year-old, highly precocious youth and a twenty five year old, fairly experienced man. In many ways it is a modern take on the Classical Greek ideal, Athens rather than Sparta. But it can't be categorised as a 'Gay' novel, any more than Cavafy is only a 'gay' poet. Homophobes will undoubtedly hate it, if only because it posits a natural state of bi-sexuality. . . and underlines that a same-sex relationship can be, is often far more, as emotionally and intellectually rewarding as a heterosexual one, albeit very different and carrying within it the seeds of its own, natural destruction. Yet the novel is not political in any sense, nor preachy. It is dramatic, will take your emotions on a ride you'll never forget. It is beautifully, beautifully written and without any of that smug, look-at-me cleverness of so many British and American novelists. I am a writer. I would give my eye-teeth to write a closing paragraph half as good as the one in this book. I have found myself reading passages aloud. Andre Aciman is some kind of genius: my kind and I so hope your as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Debut Novel from Andre Aciman 30 Sept. 2008
Andre Aciman, a noted essayist and City University of New York professor of comparative literature, has written one of the most memorable debut novels published this year, "Call Me by Your Name", ranking alongside Eugene Drucker's "The Savior" for its emotional intensity, as well as its high literary quality. It's a truly memorable coming-of-age story about an adolescent Italian Jewish man, Elio, who learns a lot about love and total intimacy from a visiting American professor, Oliver, during a brief six week period one summer, set, sometime, in Italy, back in the 1970s or 1980s. Aciman offers us an honest, unflinching portrait of total intimacy, showing how these two men gradually move from mere friendship to an all too brief, but intense, romantic encounter, in a small town on the Italian Riviera, and then later, one night, in Rome, shortly before Oliver flies back home. It is an encounter that will truly haunt both men for the rest of their lives, as depicted in occasional scenes that jump forward to the present day. Aciman's portrait is truly compelling, and one that I found impossible to put down (No wonder why it has been considered for prominent literary awards, such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction.); Aciman is not only a fine literary stylist, but a compelling storyteller too. Without question, his fine novel deserves ample consideration, not only from those familiar with his excellent nonfiction prose, but also from others, such as yours truly, who are not fully acquainted with his work.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If not later, when?" 27 Mar. 2007
Set in a small town in Italy, this moving novel captures a meaningful summer in the life of Elio, a 17 year old male. Elio's homelife is relaxed; his intelligent, apparently liberal, parents have a constant flow of relatives and interesting visitors breezing in and out of their house for meals and animated conversation. The downside, as far as Elio is concerned, is that no one seeks his opinion - he is "the youngest at the table and the least likely to be listened to". Each summer, Elio's father invites a young academic to stay at their summer home on the Italian Riviera. Fearing the typical "dull house guest", Elio is immediately captivated when the confident, handsome, 24 year old Oliver strolls into his home, and his life. For the first few weeks of Oliver's stay, Elio fantasises about Oliver, and becomes involved with mind games and nuances. But are they all in his imagination, or is Oliver also involved in the game?

The novel is tautly crafted and so evocative of the environment that the reader can vividly sense the undercurrent of tense sideways glances against the backdrop of hazy heat and salt-speckled sea breeze. Undoubtedly some issues remain unresolved, such as the peculiar absence of jealousy felt by Elio ("It never bothered me to think of him [sleeping with a girl]"), or any explanation as to why Elio feels that a relationship with Oliver would be in some sense 'wrong'. Further, Elio's 'voice' often sounds younger than his stated 17 years, and the novel might have held more powerful authenticity if Elio had been, for example, 13 or 14 years old. Nevertheless, under this author's expert craftsmanship, such queries are largely insignificant and all form part of the three-dimensional nature of the characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cor cordium...heart of hearts 10 Nov. 2010
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This book broke my heart! I feel it's important to say that before anything else, because I don't want to give you the wrong impression; that this is some kind of fluffy tale of a forbidden holiday romance. That would cheapen it, and despite the occasional sex scenes which might put off a few sensitive readers, this is a story not cheap in any way, shape or form.

Call Me By Your Name is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful things I have ever read (probably the most beautiful, second only to Lolita). It is the story of a passionate, intimate and eternal - yet doomed - love between a boy named Elio and his father's house guest, Oliver, and the incredible connection that grows between them over the summer, and culminates in a tragically all-too-brief stay in Rome. The boys grow into men but their friendship, and complete and total yearning for each other, continues to draw them together even as life draws them apart...

I'll confess it took me a while to get into this story; lack of dialogue tagging made it hard for me to know who was speaking, and Elio's narrative voice sometimes gets carried away on boring tangents - he's a little too high-brow to be believeable as a 17 year old. But at the same time the innocent, desperate boy's prose, imagery, and obsessive fantasies about the carefree Oliver (which he gradually comes to realise are not as pathetically one-sided as he thought!) are mesmeric, and only a few chapters in I found myself hypnotised by the sights, sounds and smells of the mediterranean, as if I'd been sucked right into Elio and Oliver's beautiful world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless. This is why I read.
This book is stunningly beautiful. I am still aching from it and I know it will stay with me for a long time to come. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wesmund
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Very insightful and supremely written! I literAlly could not take my eyes of it! Excellent reading! Highly recommended. Well done
Published 7 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into life
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down.
Highly recommended by a friend and I wish I'd seen it earlier.
Published 8 months ago by Gerald Pieti
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Enjoyed this bit of light reading on holiday not too heavy and had to read it fully as the preview was so good.
Published 9 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars heart-warming but shallow
Well, the author is a noted essayist and a professor of comparative literature and this is first novel. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars A little pretentious at times.
I did enjoy this but sometimes it was in danger of tripping over its own pretentiousness. Some elegant and poetic writing and I certainly wanted to see what would happen to them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kath Page
2.0 out of 5 stars Misread
Unfortunately I didn't read the reviews thoroughly. Had I done that, I wouldn't have ordered it. I had read André Aciman's 'Out of Egypt' which was superb.
Published 21 months ago by Tolstoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
This book was beautifully written and touching. The second half of the book especially was excellent. Read more
Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Helen Murray
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