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Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Giovanni's Room
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Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself unable to repress his impulses,... show more
Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality, and a classic of gay literature. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself unable to repress his impulses, despite his determination to live the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured by his sexual identity as he oscillates between the two.

Examining the mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141032948 (0141032944)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 150
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 Is it wrong to say I hated this?
Baldwin is one of those authors that I've been meaning to pick up and read for awhile, but I just hadn't gotten around to reading him. After seeing his name pop up elsewhere, I decided it would be a good push for me to actually read something by him. A few months later, I finally picked up the book....
Brain Gourmet
Brain Gourmet rated it
1.0 Giovanni's Room
This novel was everything I thought it was not going to be. And this time, I don’t blame my expectations for disliking a book. It did make an impression on me, albeit for all the wrong reasons.I feel that Baldwin did no research before writing this book. He just used bits and pieces that he had hear...
Nithou's Readings
Nithou's Readings rated it
5.0 Giovanni's Room
La Chambre de Giovanni offre un magnifique triangle amoureux, écrit de façon extrêmement poétique et prenante, qui vous happe au sein de cette tempête de sentiments. Le livre joue avec la bisexualité (ou homosexualité) de son personnage principal, source de honte, d'interrogations, pêché impossible ...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
5.0 Beautifully romantic and painfully tragic
So rarely does an author really capture the essence of finding oneself unexpectedly smitten, that I had a moment of wonder when reading “He smiled bleakly and looked at me; to my surprise, he took my hand and held it.”. Giovanni’s Room is about saying yes to life, about taking a chance no matter how...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
2.5 Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
11/12 - The sight of drag queens in full drag is as grotesque as monkeys eating their own poo? I think David might be projecting some of his own self-hatred onto these undeserving drag queens. I would suggest he needs to see a therapist about his latent anger, but I don't think a therapist would hav...
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