- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; First edition (Jan. 22 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031242678X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312426781
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Paperback – Jan 22 2008
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"The book is incredible. My wife [Elizabeth Chambers] calls it the sexiest book she’s ever read. It humanises love in a really powerful, beautiful way.”―Armie Hammer, Time Out (London)
“I loved the movie…and the book completely blew me away!”―Marc Jacobs on Instagram
“I finally read André Aciman’s deeply moving novel Call Me by Your Name, racing to do so before I saw Luca Guadagnino’s (sublime) movie adaptation with its sensitive screenplay by James Ivory―and I adored it.”―Hamish Bowles, Vogue.com (Best Books We Read All Year)
“Superb...The beauty of Aciman's writing and the purity of his passions should place this extraordinary first novel within the canon of great romantic love stories for everyone.”―Charles Kaiser, The Washington Post Book World
“An extraordinary examination of longing and the complicated ways in which we negotiate the experience of attraction....It's startling that a novel so bracingly unsentimental―alert to the ways we manipulate, second-guess, forestall, and finally reach stumblingly toward one another―concludes with such emotional depths.”―Mark Doty, O, The Oprah Magazine
“This novel is hot...a love letter, an invocation, and something of an epitaph....An exceptionally beautiful book.”―Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review
“If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you've come to the right place.”―Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love
“A great love story...every phrase, every ache, every giddy rush of sensation in this beautiful novel rings true.”―Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
“The novel is richly, sensuously detailed...luminous....Aciman deftly charts a burgeoning relationship that both parties want and fear.”―Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe
About the Author
André Aciman is the author of Eight White Nights, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor of The Proust Project (all published by FSG). He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and lives with his wife in Manhattan.
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You know a writer is very good when he can make swim suit sniffing, footsie, peaches & pooping seem sexy.
This isn't a perfect 5 star book because it does get a bit slow/boring at times, but even so this will be a book I will read again & again.
UPDATE: I just finished this book for a second time. I choked up at all the same places & was a mess at the end again. The slow/boring bits weren't so slow/boring this time around. This really is a beautiful & romantic novel.
I hate the way things turned out between them after Oliver went back to the States. Don't get me wrong, I understand why the author did it, and why these kinds of things happen in the real world as well. I don't want to give too much away, but I will just say I find it completely heartbreaking when two characters (or people) who have such a special and rare, true connection like that, can't or won't be together, especially when it's due to familial or societal expectations. It's just not right to me.
I would have liked to give 4 1/2 stars if I could. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I am not sure how I feel about the writing style the author used in this novel. However, I was still crying a good half hour or so after I finished reading it, and I'm emotional from just writing this review. So, the fact that Acumen was able to wrench that depth of emotion from me with this story speaks volumes.
I have to say, it's a rare book, where the movie outdone the novel.
No wonder it won Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. How could someone visualize such a chef d'oeuvre after reading this book is beyond me!
The writing reminded me of the English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - which was unreadable, what a bore . . .
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