Publisher- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released on – January 23rd 2007
Genre – Fiction/LGBT/ Romance
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.
My Thoughts: ( May contain some spoilers..)
Let me start with confessing that I did watch the movie first. With the whole Oscar buzz around this film and the actors I really coudnt wait till the book was available in my country and yes up till this point I was unaware of the book but watching the movie first really did help me picturise the characters well becayuse Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet are just faboulous in the film..actually just not them, every charcter was perfect in the movie.
Now that out of the way can I just say that this book was really one of the best romance I’ve ever read. A perfect summer retreat, the author beautifully describes the 1980’s ‘forbidden’ romance. Forbidden in the sense of all the stigma that had or rather is still being attached to it but despite all that the author beautifully captures the real essence of the story..Love.
Elio and Oliver’s love was so pure and perfect that you coudnt help but wish that they would end up together. And not just them, the love and the relationship Elio and his father have is so refreshing and liberating. The unconditional love that is between them and his father’s trust in Elio is just astounding.
The story really resonates with the reader at a level that is so basic to all of us. One of my favorite quotes from the book..
““I suddenly realized that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more…”
.. isnt it so true? and not just romantic love, any type of relationship one has, there is always a sense that we are on borrowed time and nothing lasts forever , so might as well enjoy and live out life to the fullest when we have a chance to do so.
Now coming on to what I dint like much about the book..it was a bit of a slow read and I took more time that I usually do to finish a book. The numerous references to greek mythology and poems and stories I havent even heard of really did put me off a bit but given the setting I do understand the author’s need to do so. The other thing that disappointed me was the point of view. The entire book was from Elio’s POV which the author captures perfectly but I would have loved to know what really was going on through Oliver’s mind. But that can be used to write another book..maybe?!
To sum it all up, the setting is mesmerising and captivating and the prose, evocative. The book will realllyyy make you introspect, it will break your heart but still will make you feel warm when you read the last sentence. I’m going to end this by another one of the quotes from the book..
“Zwischen Immer und Nie. Zwischen Immer und Nie. Between always and never.”
Thanks for reading.