'Until I die there will be those moments, moments seeming to rise up out of the ground like Macbeth's witches, when his face will come before me, that face in all its changes, when the exact timbre of his voice and tricks of his speech will nearly burst my ears, when his smell will overpower my nostrils...' Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of ...
'Until I die there will be those moments, moments seeming to rise up out of the ground like Macbeth's witches, when his face will come before me, that face in all its changes, when the exact timbre of his voice and tricks of his speech will nearly burst my ears, when his smell will overpower my nostrils...' Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. With sharp, probing insight, James Baldwin's classic narrative delves into the mystery of love and tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
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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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