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Giovanni's Room | [James Baldwin]

Giovanni's Room

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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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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    Mike Sauerman NYC, New York 11-23-13
    Mike Sauerman NYC, New York 11-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Classic - Can't Go Wrong!"
    What made the experience of listening to Giovanni's Room the most enjoyable?

    The story is a classic - James Baldwin captures so many emothions - passion, longing, loathing into one story line.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Parr ME 12-14-13
    David Parr ME 12-14-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Does Not Disappoint"
    Where does Giovanni's Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename Giovanni's Room, what would you call it?

    An alternative title? Perhaps: Escaping Myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david Clermont, GA, United States 04-24-13
    david Clermont, GA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Baldwin language, powerfully emotive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend it to people fascinated by relationships with others and with one's self


    What other book might you compare Giovanni's Room to and why?

    Another Country is another beautiful story of human relationships and emotional connections


    Which character – as performed by Dan Butler – was your favorite?

    David and Giovanni


    If you could take any character from Giovanni's Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Giovanni if I was allowed to fall in love with him


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for open minded romantics

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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