Call Me by Your Name: A Novel

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 7 hours and 48 minutes
Author André Aciman
Narrator Armie Hammer
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Audible.com.au Release Date 03 October 2017
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07166ZZVV
Best Sellers Rank 2,430 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
5 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
6 in LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
107 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)

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Reviewed in Australia on 5 October 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the kind of novel I was expecting...
Reviewed in Australia on 5 October 2020
‘Call Me By Your Name’ is the story of a crush. A love affair between Elio, a high schooler, and Oliver, a PhD student from the University that Elio’s father teaches at. There is a melancholic romantic tone in the novel’s writing style, which is duplicated expertly in the cinematography with sweeping vistas of the Italian countryside, and lengthy silences throughout the narrative.

The narration has a beautiful cadence and reads like Elio's journal, complete with inner musings, pontifications, daydreams and erotic fantasies. However I found it difficult to immerse myself into and speed-read the entire novel. The writing style did not sit well with me. It felt fanciful and full of itself... selfish. I found myself craving for more structure, more dialogue.

Elio as a protagonist felt like a mix of intelligence, petulance, and aggressive/possessive hormone fuelled adolescence.

It felt uncomfortable the boy lusting after a man, Oliver, more than 7 years his senior. (This situation is legally statutory rape in our country.) Elio’s overtly flirtatious nature - and his intentions sometimes returned. A mix between grooming behaviour of a paedophile and removing himself from the equation as to not be overcome by his desires. The teacher in me felt extremely uncomfortable. Elio and Oliver wouldn't be sneaking around and trying to hide their actions if they didn't know what they were doing was wrong.

Then Oliver gives in to his desires and confirms to me of being the paedophile he is. Elio has regret, then turns into a tremendous flirt only to then go and have sex with Mariza... completely ruled by his lower region. What a floozy. This book is making me feel sick where everyone is throwing their cat around and ignoring the ramifications. For having such an inconsolable crush on Oliver, when Elio sleeps with Marzia on a whim and apparently likes it, wants to brag about it. No loyalty, no conviction. This increased my loss of respect for Elio.

Did they seriously watch each other pooh and marvel at it in the toilet bowl. *retching sounds* The other thing that had me throwing up in my mouth is of Oliver eating the peach that Elio had climaxed into. Some may see it as twistedly romantic in a symbolic way, but I couldn’t bet over the hygienic aspect of it. I am such a clean freak. I want to scream triggered! It’s hilarious in a meta perspective.

There was an understated - delicate even - understanding of Elio’s father which I found endearing. However his hands-off approach leaves little to be desired. I would have preferred a father figure to help educate and guide Elio, instead of leaving his son to flounder around in the dark and figure things out by himself, and potentially placing him in dangerous situations.

I can appreciate the romantic symbolism, the artistic eye, but the situation in the real world kinda makes me angry. It’s not about being gay, but about placing a boy in a sexually vulnerable situation where the parents do not seem to care, (in fact they encourage Elio to find his sexuality and explore) and an older man allegedly grooming a high school student – even if he wrestles with his conscience – grosses me out. If this were about two boys around the same age I would have liked it so much better. I feel the artistic tone of the writing covers up the reality of how inappropriate this relationship is. ‘Call Me By Your Name’ feels like a gay version of ‘Lolita.’

I will not recommend this. There was no lesson to learn from the characters – the whole book read like some teen boy’s father-figure sexual fantasy. I won’t be reading the sequel ‘Find Me’ either – after reading reviews and how it deals with more fantasy gratification adultery, I’m sorry, I just can’t.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh hot damn, the sexual tension is crazy
Reviewed in Australia on 23 November 2020
This is a story about a young boy named Elio set in Italy in the 80’s. Elie’s family have a summer home and often have many artists come and stay for the summer break. Elio is a unique young man whom feels alone.

Until Oliver arrives at her home, a moody writer whom will be there for 6 weeks. The tension is instant and their secret relationship slowly develops yet neither of them speak a word to a soul. Dreams turn to obsession, then to fear and then denial intensifying their passion for one another.

Women may come and go however they know deep down something is there. Everyone can see the chemistry but no one dares to say a thing.

“And we'll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our heart.”

I loved this beautiful, one of a kind love story, set in a time when relationships like theirs was seen as wrong. But Love is love and sometimes something so powerful cannot get ignored. There are some steamy scenes in this one!! Call me by your name was adapted into a movie in 2017. Looking forward to watching it.

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