Before the movie came out, I already had a copy of André Aciman’s novel. Never had any particular interest in it until I read all the reviews about the movie.
I don’t like coming-of-age stories because they always make me glum and lonely. And I don’t like romance novels because I find most of them quite cheesy.
“Call Me By Your Name” is an exception. Yes, it is a coming-of-age story, a summer romance love story between a precocious 17-year-old teenager and an adult guy, another gay story. It has all the elements of those cheesy romance stories- summer, hormone-driven, and beautifully set in
But I loved reading it; every part of it. Sweet, sensual, and sad. These are the three words that come to mind whenever I think about this story.
It’s emotionally engaging, sensual, and powerfully moving. Aciman delves into the sentiments and thoughts of someone who is crushing, desiring and lingering for another person, another body to feel and to taste, another soul to love. Yes, his words and the way he describes human emotions cut deep into the soul of the reader. I was much moved.
It’s about discovery- the intensity of same-sex attraction, the intimacy of two male bodies, the longing of the seeking-soul in finding another, understanding love and fear, and eventually, grasping the reality of loss and heart-break.
It’s funny how a summer love that has touched the lives of two people can leave behind so much hard-to-forget moments. It’s like the song- the first cut is the deepest. Indeed, when it cuts you, it’s so deep that you are still left bleeding after so many years. I’m saying this because, I may have moved on, but the cut is still there- deep and still bleeding. And I’m digressing
Anyway it’s the first book I finished this year and my first goodread.
Grab a copy, or better, go out and see the movie!