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Review: Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

  • Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication Date: January 23rd, 2007
  • Genres: Adult, Romance, LGBT
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Pages: 248
  • Date Read: January 2nd, 2018
  • Links: Goodreads | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon |

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, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits 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 both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

– Synopsis,

“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.”

Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman

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 writing, the setting, and growing intimacy between the two main characters.

But let’s not pretend it isn’t insta-love. It is. And not a good one but I rarely find Inst-Love stories good though. I saw more lust and obsession than actual love. Having only Elio’s point of view didn’t help. I didn’t relate to him, he was intense, he even admits idolizing Oliver, which is unhealthy and cringe-worthy.

Some of the writing in this was extremely beautiful and evocative. It captures the mood and atmosphere of the 1970s Italian summer so well. But otherwise the story was a bit flat for me. By the end of the first section I felt like I knew how it would all play out. It was a bit wistful and sentimental, but the nostalgia didn’t win me over completely because it seemed to lack action—and I don’t mean just plot. Elio’s story was emotional but not compelling. I don’t want to rag on this book too much because I did enjoy the reading experience very much, and I enjoyed the Narrators Voice on the Audiobook but perhaps this one was over-hyped for me.

“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 is marketed about being Elio and Oliver’s relationship, but we barely get to know Oliver and don’t even see half of their relationship or the way it develops. This book is about Elio’s feelings for Oliver, not their relationship. I have so many mixed feelings about this book and I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t.

That’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed reading this and let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on it in the comments! I also Realized that this review sounds extremely harsh, it’s not meant to, my reviews tend to sound more harsh when I’m tired, I have that whole no filter thing going on right now, I guess, so I probably should avoid writing reviews when I’m really tired, but oh well. Anyway, Until Next Time!

2 thoughts on “Review: Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

  1. I don’t think this review is particularly harsh. My experience of reading it was pretty much identical. There are some parts that are brilliant and the descriptions are wonderful but there’s a lot that’s cringey and parts I found a little gross. For me it was far too introspective and intense. Elio borders on creepy stalker at times. Totally agree it would’ve been good to get another pov.

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    1. That’s exactly what I was trying to say! And that’s good to know I wasn’t being too harsh! 😂 I didn’t hate the book, some of it was still good, but as I was writing this I kind of felt like I was just nitpicking at everything and mentioning all the negative things about it. But yeah, there were definitely parts that were cringey and creepy though!


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