Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
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The story is a classic - James Baldwin captures so many emothions - passion, longing, loathing into one story line.
I will recommend it to people fascinated by relationships with others and with one's self
Another Country is another beautiful story of human relationships and emotional connections
David and Giovanni
I would take Giovanni if I was allowed to fall in love with him
Must read for open minded romantics
It's a good story to listen to because it lends itself to the audio format. Be careful, though -- you may miss your exit on the highway because you're so involved in the drama.
Baldwin is one of my favorites because he always is able to lull the reader into a sense of comfort before unleashing a phrase, sentence, or passage that rises above the fray and cuts to the core of an emotion. He blends the matter-of-fact with the lyrical so well.
The last scene between David and Giovanni is very well done. Baldwin takes what could have been a trite, commonplace circumstance and makes it into something much rich and less generic.
An alternative title? Perhaps: Escaping Myself.
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