I don't even know where to begin from in reviewing this short little book. Well, maybe a good start would certainly be: read it. It's an amazing novel, which contains much more than what is only superficially summarized on its cover, that is a love triangle involving the striking discovery, for the main character, to be gay. That would really mean to be unfair. "Giovanni's Room" is a book about love and about feelings, but also about loneliness, homelessness and the burden of our own choices. And above all it's a book about how really difficult is to live and enjoy freedom, without feeling always wrong and always in need of an escape.
I'd like to quote a passage that stroke me particularly, a passage which complete the title I gave to this review (another quote from the book itself of course). I think it can give you an idea of the beautiful "painful" logic of this book.
He smiled, 'Why, you will go home and then you will find that home is not home any more. Then you will really be in trouble. As long as you stay here, you can always think: One day I will go home.' He played with my thumb and grinned. 'N'est-ce pas?'
'Beautiful logic' I said. 'You mean I have a home to go to as long as I don't go there?'
He laughed. 'Well, isn't it true? You don't have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never go back.'
'I seem,' I said, 'to have heard this song before.'
'Ah, yes,' said Giovanni, 'and you will certainly hear it again. It is one of those songs that somebody, somewhere, will always be singing.'