BOOK REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Publication Date: January 22, 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Format: Paperback
Pages:  213 Pages
Genre:  LGBT, Fiction
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Andre 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’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.


I think I'm still reeling from this book.  It is beautiful, it is devastating and it is brilliant.  It is like a long poem to an all encompassing love and desire.  Where two become one and you don't know where one begins or one ends.  

Elio's parents own a house on the Italian Riviera where they invite candidates to come and stay and write and be immersed in beauty and intellectual stimulation.  Oliver is one of those who come to write.  A philosopher working on a book, and 7 years older than Elio they find a connection that is so intimate it borders on obsession.  The book is told by Elio as he relives those times, the passion, the heartache, the desire.  

I'm not even sure how to review this book but to say that it is not what I expected but it was so beautifully written and speaks to a part of you that you may not even be aware of.  

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