Giovanni's Room

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Dell, 1988 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Set in the contemporary Paris of American  expatraites, liasons, and violence, a young man finds  himself caught between desire and conventional  morality. James Baldwin's brilliant narrative delves  into the mystery of loving with a sharp, probing  imagination, and he creates a moving, highly  controversial story of death and passion that reveals the  unspoken complexities of the heart.

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Amazing book with an intriguing, captivating plot. - Goodreads
The premise of the novel is also rather unconvincing. - Goodreads
A beautiful and honest love story. - Goodreads
The story is very slow moving as well as the writing. - Goodreads
A bit dense, but the storytelling is compelling. - Goodreads
Baldwin's gift of prose is under-appreciated. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Yeesh! You don't have to be a monster to be a homo, and you didn't even then, despite this. Fine writing, but so fatalistic and sad. Thank goodness we've found ways to tell stories where the gay ones don't have to die in the end. Read full review

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User Review  - James Lark - Goodreads

A beautiful, elegiac book, steeped in heartbreak. It is elegantly brief but manages to encapsulate a whole world with its perspective of past and present and its evocation of Paris, at once seedy and ... Read full review

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James Baldwin was the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time, among other books.

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