Review: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman


Call Me By Your Name

by André Aciman

Adult Fiction, 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.

I have a lot to say about this book and absolutely none of it is bad. This book has instantly turned into one of my favourite books of all time and I loved it so much that I’m thinking of getting a tattoo dedicated to it. It’s such a powerful love-story between two beautiful humans who feel guilty for the love they share.

Set in the gorgeous background of Italy during a scorching summer, there’s nothing that can’t be appealing about this book. I watched the movie first and absolutely fell in love with it – and it didn’t take me long to get my hands on the back soon after. I rushed through it because I never wanted to put it down. The prose was so beautiful and gorgeous that it only made me fall in love with Oliver and Elio all over again.

Aciman portrays these characters so perfectly, and the rush of lust and summer love is written so well. It’s like you get transported into the world and its characters, with their guilt and secret meetings and blossoming romance. It’s hard not to be absolutely captivated by the beauty of this book and the well-developed protagonists. It’s hard not to feel for Elio and Oliver – the two men who have to hide their relationship because of the age difference and because they’re ashamed of who they were born to be. Complete with a devastating ending, this is certainly a work of fiction that you do not want to sleep on.