Giovanni's Room traces one man's struggle with his sexual identity. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself confronting secret desires that jeopardize 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 as he oscillates between the two.
Now a classic of gay literature, Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality. Examining the agonizing mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined yet beautifully restrained narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.
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Comments about Giovanni's Room:
This book is interesting as it engages the reader and tells a story that is believable and very human.
It is easy to follow and I felt for the characters.
However, I found that his inability to empathise with the people around him was a little disconcerting. Overall, though, I am glad I read this book.
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th October 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1