My spontaneous confession isn’t just giving you new information about me, it is in fact about a book. On my unexpected day off I got to read an entire book, in one afternoon for the first time in ages. I sat down with a fresh beautifully brewed coffee, ate crepes and was transported to Italy.
‘Call me by your name’ by Andre Aciman is beautiful coming of age story that I thought I knew the plot for. I thought it was going to a be a typical boy meets boy, they fall in love, one dies, the other spends his life mourning that loss etc. Was I wrong? well not completely but this story is beautifully tragic. I cried. Yes, for the people that know me this isn’t a big deal, I am soft. I cry A LOT. However, that doesn’t take anything away from the emotional journey this story took me one.
This wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down, it was a book I didn’t want to put down. I found Elio a wonderful relateable character, full of life and just enough geek to keep him interesting. Oliver, on the other hand, was wise beyond his years, a bit of a Romeo and fun, so very fun. I am writing this about the book, I haven’t seen the film and after reading this I’m not sure I can bare it being corrupted by the big screen treatment. Although that being said I do have the book with the movie cover, not this one.
I thought it was amazing, I thought it was honest, real and filled my mind with all the emotions I had as a teen worrying about my own sexuality. I never juggled with 2 people at the same time, but Elio’s innocence in this is very endearing, albeit a little bit wrong.
I have so many books, and yet so few that I would happily read again. This book sits firmly on that shelf. Oliver believes in love so strongly, Elio believes in Oliver wholeheartedly and it is magical. It is a story that will hold up, I will read it in 20 years and it will still feel fresh, raw and no doubt make me cry all over again.
If you have read it, there are obvious reasons I will not be recommending this book to my mother, but it is a book for anyone that believes in love. In fact, it is a book for anyone, especially those that don’t believe in love, as it is enough to convince them otherwise.