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Call Me by Your Name - Andre Aciman

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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year

A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year

A "Washington Post" Best Fiction Book of the Year

A "New York" Magazine "Future Canon" Selection

A "Chicago"" Tribune" Favorite Book of the Year

One of "The Seattle Times"' Michael Upchurch's Favorite Books of the Year

An Amazon Top 100 Editors' Picks of the Year

An Amazon Top 10 Editors' pick: Debut Fiction (#6)

An Amazon Top 10 Editors' pick: Gay & Lesbian (#1)

"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' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. Andre Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Andre Aciman is the author of "Out of Egypt" and "False Papers," " "and the editor of "The Proust Project." He teaches comparative literature at the" "Graduate Center of the City University of New" "York. He lives with his family in Manhattan."" A "New York Times" Notable Book of the YearA "San Francisco Chronicle" Notable Book of the YearA "Chicago Tribune" Favorite Book of the YearA "Seattle Times" Favorite Book of the Year
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Men's FictionLonglisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award"""" "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 is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. What the two discover on the Riviera and during an evening together in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. "A coming-of-age story, coming-out story, a Proustian meditation on time and desire, a love letter, an invocation and something of an epitaph, "Call Me by Your Name" is also an open question. It is an exceptionally beautiful book that cannot quite bring itself to draw the inevitable conclusion about axis-shifting passion that men and women of the world might like to think they will always reach--that that obscure object of desire is, by definition, ungraspable, indeterminate and already lost at exactly the moment you rush so fervently to hold him or her."--Stacey D'Erasmo, "The New York Times Book Review" "Aciman, who has written a great deal about Proust, has an ability to make the finest, the tiniest, and most convincing distinctions between moods, responses, and registers. Everything is watched as it shifts and glitters and then hesitates and maybe is shadowed over . . . This really is fiction at its most supremely interesting; every clause and subclause shimmers with a densely observed and carefully rendered invention which seems oddly and delightfully precise and convincing . . . There are many layers and levels in this story, but the dominate one is the simple love story in high summer between the young man and the visitor to the house."--Colm Toibin, "The New York Review of Books" "If you have ever been the willing victim of obsessive love--a force greater than yourself that pulls you inextricably toward the object of your desire--you will recognize every nuance of Andre Aciman's superb new novel, "Call Me by Your Name" . . . The book is explicit without ever being prurient, and the feelings that narrator describes are both homoerotic and universal . . . Almost 60 years ago, Gore Vidal published "The City and the Pillar." Although Vidal has always eschewed the word, the novel's characters advanced the argument that 'gay' describes an act rather than a person. The protagonists of Aciman's novel do that more convincingly that anyone Vidal ever created. 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 " "A coming-of-age story, coming-out story, a Proustian meditation on time and desire, a love letter, an invocation and something of an epitaph, "Call Me by Your Name" is also an open question. It is an exceptionally beautiful book that cannot quite bring itself to draw the inevitable conclusion about axis-shifting passion that men and women of the world might like to think they will always reach--that that obscure object of desire is, by definition, ungraspable, indeterminate and already lost at exactly the moment you rush so fervently to hold him or her . . . Aciman, who has written so exquisitely about exile, loss and Proust in his book of essays, "False Papers," and his memoir, "Out of Egypt," is no less exquisite here."--Stacey D'Erasmo, "The New York Times Book Review" "Aciman's first novel shows him to be an acute grammarian of desire. When Oliver, a handsome young American philosopher, arrives in a seaside town in Italy . . . the son of the house, Elio--seventeen, studious, moody, and ravenous--falls for him. Elio's edgy rapture as he forms himself in relation to another plays out against the background of a scorching Mediterranean summer, and Aciman introduces a small universe of characters who are themselves altered by the charged air that surrounds the lovers: Elio's mother, who calls Oliver il cauboi (the cowboy); his generous, hazy father; and the household's cantankerous cook, who every morning carefully cracks open the American's so

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An Affair for the Ages

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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  • Not What I expected

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Comments about Call Me by Your Name:

A story of two who meet and have a tryst that is unforgettable. They then part and live separate lives, but the effect is ongoing.
Although well written and engaging, I found that the main character throughout the book, never really finds happiness. I enjoyed reading it though.

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-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

ISBN: 9780312426781
ISBN-10: 031242678X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd January 2008
Publisher: Picador USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25