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Giovanni's Room

Baldwin, James (eBook - 1956 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Giovanni's Room

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Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
Authors: Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
Title: Giovanni's room
[electronic resource (eBook)]
Publisher: New York :, Vintage International ,, 2013.
Edition: First Vintage international ebook edition.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Content Type: text
Media Type: computer
Carrier Type: online resource
Restrictions on Access: May be limited to subscribing institutions.
ISBN: 0345806573
Statement of Responsibility: James Baldwin
Copyright Date: ©1956
Subject Headings: Paris (France) Fiction. Bisexuals Fiction. Sexual orientation Fiction. Americans France Fiction.
Genre/Form: Electronic books.
Topical Term: Bisexuals
Sexual orientation
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Jan 04, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This story is incredibly well-structured. Knowing the end immediately casts a pall on the entire story; regret, certainly, and more than that, cruelty. The narrator immediately becomes a coward, Guillaume a predator and Jacques a selfish lout. However, Baldwin never falls into the trap of stereotypes; David's palpable guilt, Jacques' sudden generosity as he follows Giovanni to the grave, all make the characters complex. Most complex, of course, is Giovanni himself, caught in his terrible secret and pain, aching to be loved as he is and not simply for his beauty.
The room as a backdrop to all this confusion is in itself a character: small, dingy, oppressive, secret yet full of desperate hope and potential as Giovanni tries to turn it into a haven of peace and light.
Marvelous and heart-wrenching.

Jul 10, 2012
  • eevans7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful, sad, intense book. This is the first book I've read of Baldwin's... now I want to read more!

Jan 16, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw a Youtube interview from the 50s where Baldwin explained that he likes words and people. It shows!

An amazing portrayal of a deep inner struggle, definitely will be reading more of his books in the future.

Is on the list of 1001 books to read before you die.


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