- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 Aug. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141032944
- ISBN-13: 978-0141032948
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Giovanni's Room (Penguin Great Loves) Paperback – 2 Aug 2007
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About the Author
James Baldwin (1924-1987) was born and educated in New York. Go Tell It on the Mountain, his first novel, was published in 1953. Evoking brilliantly his experiences as a boy preacher in Harlem, it was an immediate success and was followed by Giovanni’s Room, which explores the theme of gay love. His novels are notable for the personal way in which they explore questions of sexual and racial identity.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.'
Giovanni's Room remains the best book I have ever read. I have recommended it to many friends, all have whom have loved it, many have been moved by it. If you read this I strongly suspect you will want to read more by this man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written incredible novel for the time it was written. Made me want to leave for Paris and walk the streets with these characters in my mind. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vinesy68
James Baldwin's short novel "Giovanni's Room". It's about a young man struggling with his sexuality. Published in the 50s, and set in France. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kes
I have avoided reading this book for as long as I can remember, and for no other reason than I thought it would be boring. I was wrong. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jakczek
very good writting and vivid descriptions - I struggled with the story but I know many who thought of it as a great book.Published 12 months ago by Becassine
A short but powerful novella. Evocative and heartbreaking showing that love knows no boundaries and you don't really chose who you love.Published 12 months ago by Cece de la Vela