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5 Romance Books the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Author Highly Recommends

André Aciman, the author responsible for writing one of the best literary romances in history, is sharing his book recommendations for readers who are true romantics at heart.

 

The Call Me By Your Name author took to The Guardian recently where he reflected on the Jean de la Bruyère’s idea that, “We love only once in our lives: the first time.” In celebration of the fierce, involuntary, and complexity of a first love, here are Aciman’s top 5 book recommendations about first love.

 

1. Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

 

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Aciman’s synopsis:

 

It is the tale of the awkward and muffled love between Olivia, a pupil in an all-girls boarding school in France, and her headmistress. The tension of silent, knowing glances and mutual attraction is built ever so delicately, until it explodes one night when the headmistress is heard lingering outside the young pupil’s bedroom. No one knocks or opens the door, and nothing ever happens or is said between them. And yet they are both entirely aware of the indelible feeling of what might have been.

 

 

2. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

 

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Aciman’s synopsis:

 

[First Love] captures every young person’s exploration of adolescent love. Vladimir is 16, and has a crush on Zinaida, who is 21 and surrounded by a group of young suitors. Again, nothing ever happens between the two, but the final revelation leaves Vladimir feeling distraught. He discovers that none of her suitors was taken seriously, because the one who truly mattered to Zinaida was Vladimir’s father.

 

 

3. The Princesse de Clèves by Madame de Lafayette

 

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Aciman’s synopsis:

 

This is the story of Mademoiselle de Chartres who is 16 and destined to marry the Prince de Clèves. He is madly in love, she is not. He is fully aware of this, she is too young to know. But as soon as she spots the Duke de Nemours she is as taken by him as he is by her. There are so many obstacles thrown between them that they hardly ever speak. Besides, they are always in public, seldom alone, and yet they are constantly reading each other’s moves and motives, always intercepting signals that shout their love – which is never consummated.

 

 

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

 

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Aciman’s synopsis:

 

Emily Brontë’s novel tells of the obsessive, destructive love between Heathcliff, a foundling, and Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of the man who brings him home one day. Whatever blossoms between them starts when they are children growing up together in the same household. “He’s more myself than I am,” says Catherine. There was never a more direct way of describing chaste, adolescent love.

 

 

5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

 

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Aciman’s synopsis:

 

In all these stories we relive the first love we glimpsed but had to let go. Always slightly unreal yet, as a memory of desperate yearning, it exerts a pull that never loses its intensity.

 

 

 

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Timothée Chalamet Takes on Emotional Role as Drug Addict in ‘Beautiful Boy’ Adaptation

Oscar-nominee Timothée Chalamet is bringing audiences yet another emotional performance in the upcoming film, Beautiful Boy. The Call Me By Your Name actor will play the role of Nic Sheff, a young meth-addict and will star alongside actor-comedian Steve Carell (The Office) who will play his on-screen father.

 

Based on David Sheff’s 2009 biography, Beautiful Boy tells the harrowing tale of ason’s addiction to meth and the turmoil it causes in his family, written from a father’s perspective.

 

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Sheff wrote his biography a few years after his son, Nic Sheff, published his own memoir Tweak: Growing Up on MethamphetaminesThough Nic Sheff’s 2007 book discussed the impact of his addiction on his family, the elder Sheff decided to write about the same topic from a parent’s perspective. 

 

The film will be produced by Amazon Studios and directed by Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. It will open in select theaters on October 12, 2018. 

 

 

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Reveals Details of Sequel

Months after its release, the frenzy surround Call Me By Your Name – as well as hunky actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer – hasn’t let up one bit.

 

Call Me By Your Name has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, earning acclaim from critics and audiences alike as well as numerous award nominations. Most recently, leading actor Timothée Chalamet nearly won an Oscar for his role as Elio, and though he undeservedly lost, his emotional performance and ensuing popularity made the idea of a sequel a no-brainer.

 

Given the success that the adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name has garnered, news of a sequel wasn’t exactly surprising. However, given that the film closely followed Aciman’s novel, and the author himself hasn’t penned a follow-up, thereis much speculation as to what the sequel would involve.

 

Director Luca Guadagnino is helping to give fans some idea of what to expect. While attending the Oscars this past Sunday, the director revealed to USA Today that Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are expected to return in their respective roles.

 

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He also revealed that the sequel will take place five to six years after the first film.”I’m already conceiving the story with André Aciman, and it’s gonna happen five or six years afterwards,” Guadagnino said. Whether the two characters have spent that time together, or if the sequel will see their reunion after time apart, is unclear.

 

The director also revealed that the sequel will take place on new ground. Rather than returning to Italy, it will take place elsewhere. 

 

“It’s gonna be a new movie, a different tone,” he said. “You’re gonna see a lot of the East Coast of America… They’re gonna go around the world.”

 

While the release date for the sequel is currently unknown, fans can go ahead and get excited.

 

 

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The Italian Villa in ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Is Now up for Grabs

If you’re like me, once you see a movie you love, you have to know everything about it. Where was it filmed, what are the reviews, what symbolism did I miss, etc. In this case, I’ve got three words: location, location, location. In the recent film adaptation of Call Me By Your Name, the story’s setting plays the leading role.

 

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For those of you who have seen the movie or read the book, you understand the passion that begins to ignite between Elio and Oliver. Feelings blossom under the sun and how could you blame them? After all, it takes place around their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. That in itself was breathtaking. And if you totally fell for the earthy presence the house brought to the film, it can now be yours. For a sum of course.

 

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The Italian beauty, which looks like something out of Romeo and Juliet, has just been put on House&Loft for *drumroll* $2.7 million dollars. Well there goes my chance, but there are plenty of people in the market for it, including the film’s director Luca Guadagnino, who fell in love with the property long before filming. “I had known that house for many years; I even dreamed of buying that house.”

 

Yeah, yeah, I’ve had dreams about owning a villa with fourteen bedrooms and seven bathrooms all located in a small countryside town with less than 1,000 people too. If you’re not familiar, check out these pics for a little temptation.

 

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This place is pure magic even for the non-believers. Guadagnino obviously did his work right because Call Me By Your Name is up for four Oscars this year including best picture. Watch the movie. The story is rich and the exquisite setting is what the Italians would call bellissima. 

 

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7 Perfect Books for Readers with Short Attention Spans

Let me be the first to admit it: reading isn’t always a walk in the park.

 

In theory, reading is an absolute joy. It’s relaxing, there is all the time in the world to immerse yourself in a story, you can always find a comfy quiet place to read, etc. In reality, just no. No to everything.

 

I don’t always have the time to read, and when I do, it’s often impossible to find that perfect zen reading spot. Throw in a little social media, caffeine-induced anxiety, and procrastination and you get a seriously guilty bookworm who hasn’t finished a book in…a while.

 

If you’re like me and find it hard sometimes to focus and finish a book (all the while being totally able to remember every page you just read), then the good news is we don’t have to suffer. While some books are so slow-paced, intricate, and long that it’s impossible to finish them when you’re not quite focused, other books are far easier.

 

From containing less pages to being packed with action (or all the feels), here are seven books that even readers with short attention spans won’t be able to put down.

 

1. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

 

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Pages: 256

 

This story is so good and gripping that you literally will not want to put it down. Seriously. Buy it, check it out from the library, do whatever you need to do to get your hands on this incredible book.

 

A story of sexual awakening, suppression, and embrace, Call Me By Your Name explores the romance between young Elio and older Oliver during a heated summer on an Italian villa. 

 

 

2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

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Pages: 52

 

I read this powerful book in an afternoon. Literally, one afternoon. Short, sweet, and artfully eloquent, Adichie articulates her views on gender issues in a passionate and gripping manner.

 

Turning her popular TEDx talk into a gripping essay, Adicihie explores the defining boundaries of feminism and gender issues in relation to culture and politics. Her words will inspire confidence and pride (and chills) in many readers.

 

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

 

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Pages: 349

 

Don’t let the page count fool you, Dark Places is a straightforward read in which the gripping and thrilling narrative will have you flipping the pages so fast you won’t even notice you’ve read most of the book. 

 

Libby’s family was brutally murdered in a suspected satanic ritual when she was only seven. Though she miraculously survived, she lost her only other living family member when she testified that he, her fifteen-year-old older brother, was the murderer behind her family members deaths. Twenty-five-years later, new facts and conspiracies come to light shining a new perspective on that horrifying memory.

 

4. Problems by Jade Sharma

 

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Pages: 208

 

Between the eerily relatable sarcastic narrator to the dramatic and seriously messed up issues that she faces, the humor, shock, and anger that Sharma delivers will have you flipping the pages until you reach the very end.

 

Maya is a young woman who, like many of us, has some serious issues to work through. One happens to be a very serious addiction to heroin. Another, her complex relationship with her boyfriend which will have you struggling with who to empathize with more. Dark, hilarious, and an absolute thrill-ride, Problems is a read you won’t take your eyes off of.

 

5. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

 

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Pages: 240

 

His language will puzzle you. His characters will intrigue you. The ending may absolutely piss you off.

 

Iain Reid brings readers through an absolute WTF cycle of feels with his artistic exploration of the human psyche. From questioning the conscious (and unconscious) thoughts and emotions one experiences, to relationships, to fears, this story will utterly captivate your eye.

 

6. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

 

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Pages: 192

 

Reflecting the short amount of time it will take for you to devour this gripping tale, Isherwood’s A Single Man takes place over a mere twenty-four hours. This rare and unique stylistic choice invites readers to voyage on the incredibly emotional experience of a man coming to grips with the tragic death of his partner.

 

Death isn’t a subject that writers shy away from, yet what makes the exploration of death unique in A Single Man is the utter intensity in which Isherwood portrays the harrowing steps that follows. Over the course of one day, readers are invited to witness the narrator’s everyday trials and tribulations that are somehow ordinary yet distorted in the wake of the colossal life-changing event that he is dealing with.

 

7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 

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Pages: 240

 

From his sensory details putting paint to the feelings and thoughts we often can’t describe, to the striking romantic tether tightened between his characters, Mohsin Hamid delivers a truly unique read.

 

In the midst of absolute chaos and the pebbles of destruction, a kid of beauty emerges in the romance between two characters. Finding a new light amongst an environment darkened by the decay of civilization caused by war, the pair attempts to find a path away from it all, with one another.

 

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