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Call Me By Your Name Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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A beautiful and wise book... A miracle -- Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn
As much a story of paradise found as it is of paradise lost... Extraordinary * New York Times
Brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane and beautiful. -- Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark
Extraordinary... Evocative, poetic and deeply beautiful... This riff on longing, sexual awakening and the impact of the past will strike an exquisite chord with those falling in love for the first time (or out of love for the last time) -- Tatler
About the Author
Andre Aciman teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his family in Manhattan.
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The film is a lovely condensing of the love story and captures some of the rapture and desire of the book.
Thought provoking in its unchallenged freedom - let there be more of this.
This was different, whilst Elio ticks the seemingly required introverted, nerd on cusp of adulthood box; he has a genuine appreciation of the adults in his life and their wisdom. Yet he has the selfish wants of a teen, and this forms much of his inner dialogue. It does meander on at times and this is my reason for 4 rather than 5 stars.
When Oliver arrives to spend the summer with Elio's family he finds himself captivated by the older and (to Elio) sophisticated man. I think many reviewers have missed the subtlety of Elio's sexuality - he is sometimes confused about how he can engage in sex with a man and woman but it is his emotional attachment to Oliver that he finds hardest to rationalise.
I believe the author is showing us no matter how precocious Elio is, hormones and sex can make intelligence take a firm back seat. But he doesn't ruin his life or prospects, he simply falls in love for the first time. And to me that's the crux of the story, it's so rare to spend your life with the first person you fall for - but they also stay with you inside.
Maybe if Oliver had been braver their story would have had a different outcome, but I felt this story was truer to real life and much the better for it. I thought the ending was quite beautiful, and for me invoked the strongest emotional response.
Seriously though, if youve ever loved and lost, you need to read this. The best love stories are tragedies because there is no happily every after and there is no joining, and the love is lived on memories and snatched remembrances.
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