10 Aug From the Bookbed Room: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman follows Elio as he reminisces the time when he was 17 years old and living in Italy with his parents. Every summer, Elio’s parents would take in an academic guest who would live in their villa for six weeks and help with his father’s academic paperwork. They also get to take Elio’s bedroom, much to his annoyance. The guest, 24-year-old academic Oliver, immediately intrigues Elio with his carefree disposition. Sparks fly and unsure feelings rise up in this sweeping and fleeting summer love affair…
For the most part, I had trouble connecting with Elio’s style of narration. It’s written in a way that feels memoir-like, as if I’m having an late afternoon conversation over tea with Elio himself. But Aciman ultimately won me over with his simple yet evocative writing style.
We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.