I watched the movie before I read the book. Like too different birds raised in the same nest. This story both enthalled me and frustrated me, just like life is supposed to. The frustration from all the things that were thought by the two lovers but never said to each other. But then love between two men, is the only true love, because only a man can love a man the way he wants to be loved. The books ending was completely different than the movie ending, but I enjoyed them both. A lovely story of true love.
I am left breathless. The beauty of this novel so moving I am almost left not wanting to read another for fear of breaking the spell it has left on my soul. Elio and Oliver are two perfectly formed characters who build a love that we would envy if not for the limited time they have together and the lifetime apart they endure with only the remembering to feed their hearts. This story is not to be missed but be prepared this is not a HEA it is survival in the aftermath.
"Call Me By Your Name" is a beautiful, evocative, and deeply moving story about Elio and Oliver and how they fell, madly, deeply in love with each other over a few weeks in summer in Italy. I was stunned by its prose, the lyrical quality of the writing and most of all of Elio's intelligent, passionate story. Just read it. There are not enough stars to give this book. It is amazing!
A love story that takes you on a journey through the passion of a young man's desire for the exotic visitor. It begins with a vibrant description of his life as a precocious genius living with his indulgent parents with seemingly unlimited resources and time to indulge any sybaritic pleasure that comes his way. This story had all the elements to be reduced to just another 'gay porn' novella with the ubiquitous sex and love talk but the author raised this tale of a young man and an older visitor to that of a dream of another time. Italy at the turn of the century when life seemed to be based on intellectual conversation, music, art, meal times, siestas and the warm waters of the Mediterranean. When time seemed endless and bodies were warmed by the midday sun. The scene is set for out two protagonists to find passion and an intellectual connectivity in each other's arms.This story could have been written by EM Forster, if he were alive today but with the addition of the more juicy sex that he probably wished he could have added to his novels
One of the best books I've read in a long time. The Father character in this story has shaped my parenting in the most positive way. Too many positives to list. One of the finest pieces of literature I have read in years. It will stay with me forever. Forever a lump in my throat...
I wasn’t sure about the writing style at first but once I got into the groove, I found it addictive. To me this was a beautifully sad love story, occasional coarse and graphic parts notwithstanding. Not sure how I will cope with the movie as so much of this story is thought/feelings based but I will give it a go at some stage. Would have liked to know how Elio’s life progressed but still satisfied with where and how it finished.
A beautiful story that takes its time and lingers on the details as Elio discovers Oliver and himself. A little meandering in places, but when set in a place like B all I'd want to do is meander all day, every day. Give yourself a few months, it's easy to put down and pick up again if you need a break.
The two principal characters awareness of each other develops slowly & so gently, that at times I was tempted to 'skim read'. I persevered, and was continuously rewarded with sensitive descriptions of feelings, interpersonal relations, plus generous descriptions of Italian countryside.
The emotionally turbulent tale of the one that got away will leave you frayed. I couldn't put it down and smashed it out in one day. It's a relatable sensation for young men, same-sex attracted who find themselves torn, coupled with the romanticised setting of an Italian Riviers location in the mid-80s, it's a story that lasts a lifetime and will leave you shaking.
This is a touching tale - no, it's a weightier thing than that - a memory which moves back-and-forth tracing the progress of a love - of motivation, of reading another - nuanced in all kinds of ways - ultimately satisfying.