When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend's return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened - while Giovanni's life descends into tragedy. United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span ...
When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend's return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened - while Giovanni's life descends into tragedy. United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love's endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love...
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I know some people who were involved in the real life setting which some say inspired this great novel. In some ways the reality was even more sordid and shocking than Baldwin`s novel. (I am not completely persuaded, however, that the correspondence with reality is correct.) Giovanni`s love is so intense, his plight so hopeless, that I don`t see how anyone cannot be moved deeply by this great novel, which accomplishes so much in so few pages!
Jul 15, 2008
From a student's perspective, this book was not bad at all (yes i was forced to read it, no i did not mind). The main theme of this novel, in my opinion, underscores any dividing factor like sexual orientation or class and adresses the effects of self-hate, an all-too prevalent and indiscriminent epidemic sweeping our society.
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