Hello and welcome to Episode Eleven of Page Turn: the Largo Public Library Podcast! This is your host, Hannah. Page Turn is a monthly podcast bringing you information about great books, fun library tidbits, upcoming library events and a Spanish language book review. If you enjoy the podcast subscribe, tell a friend, or even write us a review!
The Spanish Language Book Review begins at 14:10 and ends at 17:55
The English Language Transcript can be found below
But as always we start with Reader’s Advisory!
The Reader’s Advisory for Episode Eleven is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. If you like The Nest you should also check out: The High Season by Judy Blundell, The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer, and Oh the Glory of it All by Sean Wilsey.
My personal favorite Goodreads list The Nest is on is Birds on a Cover.
Today’s Library Tidbit comes to us from the library’s L.I.F.E. Committee. Emily and Shelly joined the pod to discuss how to be your best self at work when the stresses of the job and your life might be weighing you down. We at the library encourage everyone to treat coworkers, family members, yourselves, and all workers with empathy and respect.
And now Book Traveler, with Victor:
Hi. Welcome to Book Traveler. My name is Victor and I am the Community Outreach Librarian here at the Largo Public Library. Today I’m going to talk about a fiction book we have in the Spanish collection titled Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman.
A young American student travels to Italy to deepen his Philosophy studies during the summer. The beautiful coastal town where he lives will serve as a framework to tell a love story that will mark his life and that of the young and sensitive teenage son of the family that welcomes him. The small mansion is a haven of beauty, culture and harmony, where literature and friendship will forge a passion that must be kept hidden. Written with intensity and emotion, Call Me By Your Name is the story of a journey through the deepest corners of feelings and eroticism, and it is also a song of beauty and the absolute power of love.
Elio is the seventeen-year-old son of a professor who receives a student and philosopher in the summer house of his parents: Oliver, twenty-four years old. That is a family routine, explains Elio (since the book is narrated in the first person). It is done every year, with different guests, and they remain for six weeks until they leave. Elio and Oliver begin an attraction that will lead to a romance in secret.
The relationship that develops between the two grows slowly, but deeply. Yes, there is a difference in age, which is quite troublesome since Elio is 17 years old, but also, as it is later explained, the age of consent in Europe (or at least during the time the novel takes place) is 14 years old. This age difference, although prevalent throughout the book, does not prevent a connection between the protagonists at all. They have many things in common, such as books and interest in knowledge.
The story is beautiful, Aciman does a great job with Elio recalling the experiences of that summer; internal monologues are interspersed, determining questions, and poetic thoughts that give the narrative a beautiful and unforgettable touch.
The author’s descriptions are so beautiful that the heat of the sea, of the summer, of the leaves and the sun gets into your skin and you can not imagine yourself anywhere else but in Italy. The clothes of each one are also fundamental: Oliver, according to Elio, wears his bathing suits (red, blue, yellow and green) depending on his mood. Elio wears Oliver’s clothes in one moment and Oliver wears Elio’s clothes in another. Because “Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine” is, in addition to the title, the perfect phrase of the book, one that describes in a few words the relationship they have: that apart from a deep and sensitive love, is the power to merge with the other, being the other or confusing yourself with the other because, in reality, your connection goes beyond any corporal limit. And I end with one of my favorite quotes from the book: “Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.”
This is all for today, until the next edition of Book Traveler. Goodbye.
Thanks everyone for listening some upcoming library events to keep track of:
March 2nd Wake Up with the Library at 9:00am
-Registration is Required
March 2nd Ancestry DNA: I Have My Results, What’s Next? At 1:00pm in the Local History Room
March 5th Backup & Computer Data Protection at 6:00pm in the Local History Room
March 5th LTAP Jr. Book Club: Orphan Train Girl at 6:00pm in the Children’s Program Room
March 9th LTAP Welcomes Author Christina Baker Kline at 1:00pm in the Jenkins Wing
March 11th Poets Live! At 6:30pm in the 1st Floor Quiet Reading Room
March 12th Heritage Quest at 6:00pm in the Local History Room
March 13th Chapter Chat at 6:00pm at the Evermore Cafe
March 15th Bead Bonanza at 2:00pm in the Children’s Program Room
March 16th Jumping the Pond & Rubble to Ruin at 11:00am in the Jenkins Wing
March 18th Cook-a-Book at 6:00pm in the Children’s Program Room
-Registration is Required
March 20th Basic Microsoft Outlook 2013 at 3:00pm in the Computer Lab
March 26th Tai Chi for Kids at 4:00pm in the Children’s Program Room
-Registration is Required
March 27th Getting Started with YouTube at 3:00pm in the Computer Lab
March 30th Family History Assistance Day at 12:00pm in the Jenkins Wing
We hope you have a great month and we’ll talk to you again soon.
For everyone interested our intro music is by Break the Bans and the outro music is by Jahzzar, both artists can be found on Free Music Archive.