Here it is, my first English review. If you’re here because of the picture, there’s 90% chances you’ve seen the movie or read the book or both. And if it’s not your case, then let me introduce you to « Call me by your name » the first novel by André Aciman, teacher in comparative literature.
First let me warn you, this book will probably bring back old memories, stir things in yourself that you didn’t know existed... you’re still here ? Alright let’s jump to the review ! ——————————————————————
First, a short resumé : Élio, 17yo, spends the summer with his parents in a beautiful house on the Italian Riviera. He meets Oliver, 24yo graduate student, invited by his father to spend the summer so that he could work on the Italian translation of his manuscript.... ————————————————
You probably already know the story anyway, whether it was intentional or not haha. I have to say though, being objective about this book after I’ve loved the movie so much was quite hard. But I’ll try. The book is written on Elio’s viewpoint, his emotions are raw, powerful, full of passion. The author succeeded in capturing the complex brain of a teenager soon to be man. The identity doubts, the burning desire to know, to touch, the despair, the need, the carelessness, the ecstasy... everything is here. The writing stays beautiful and true even during the more crude moments. We feel for Elio, almost as if we were here as well. The plot itself should have been shortened in my opinion, maybe because I like the movie’s end better. There were a few unnecessary lengths, but overall the book gave me exactly what I expected. It’s like I was 17yo again, the innocence, the fire... « Call me by your name » isn’t perfect, but his imperfections probably makes it one of the truest romance book I’ve read. One of my favorite quote of all time comes from it (swipe right to see it).
So don’t hesitate any longer, read the book, and let yourself flow on the Italian Riviera.