'Exquisite, a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian
David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancée to return from vacation in Spain. But when he meets Giovanni, a handsome Italian barman, the two men are drawn into an intense affair. After three months David's fiancée returns and, denying his true nature, he rejects Giovanni for a 'safe' future as a married man. His decision eventually brings tragedy.
Filled with passion, regret and longing, this story of a fated love triangle has become a landmark of gay writing. James Baldwin caused outrage as a black author writing about white homosexuals, yet for him the issues of race, sexuality and personal freedom were eternally intertwined.
'If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one' Michael Ondaatje
'Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candour and yet with such dignity and intensity' The New York Times
'Violent, excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle
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Giovanni's roomUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Baldwin's 1956 novel, his second, was daring for its time, depicting a young man deep into Paris's second expatriate movement following World War II as he grapples with his sexual identity. He is drawn both to his fianc e and to a male Italian bartender with whom he begins an affair. Read full review
Writing to stirr and nourish the soul. Reading this book in high school set me on a quest to read everything James Baldwin has ever written, and so far I have always been impressed. Two of my other favorites are If Beale Street Could Talk and Just Above My Head.