I definitely didn‘t appreciate Giovanni as a character as much when I first read this, as I do now.
“You don‘t have a home until you leave it, and then when you‘ve left it you can‘t go back.”
Never read Baldwin. This is going to be my first one. #Bookmail
Happy Pride Month!! ❤ Have a picture of all the queer lit I'm using for my master's thesis.
I struggled with the first two of Baldwin‘s books I tried, but I found this beautiful from the opening and throughout. The prose is cleaner, more open and fluid, has more space somehow, but still it has those mannerisms distinct to Baldwin. I absolutely loved this.
(April 2019) "The beast which Giovanni had awakened in me would never go to sleep again; but one day I would not be with Giovanni anymore....With this fearful intimation there opened in me a hatred for Giovanni which was as powerful as my love and which was nourished by the same roots."
I had trouble with Baldwin‘s first two books (Go Tell It On the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son). But so far this book is really beautiful, with a much cleaner softer prose.
The quote I circled above should be taken in light of Baldwin and his main character‘s literal flights from New York to France and also, I imagine, in light of the homosexual awakening of both.
Such a powerful book. Intricate perspectives on homosexuality, masculinity, and self-awareness packed into this novella. Highly recommended.
David, a 20-something America, has been in Paris for 2 years “finding himself”. His father wants him to come home. But David is trying to decide if he wants to marry fellow American Hella and have a conforming standard life. Or should he stay in Paris with Giovanni? Will he ever be satisfied with who he is with, or will he always long for someone else and a different life? #lgbtq #americanliterature #diversereads
I came to Baldwin‘s books far too late in life but he has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Giovanni‘s Room is a beautifully written, yet heartbreaking story of an expat living in France coming to terms with his sexuality but it‘s also so much more than that. I highly recommend this if you haven‘t read it yet.
#NewIn thanks to #KindLitsy. Only problem? My email didn't say which Litten to tag to say thanks to! So if you sent me this book, thank you so much - it's going on my #socialjustice challenge list for next year!
In this classic, every sentence of Baldwin‘s is masterfully constructed, and it‘s hard to believe this book was published in 1956. From the very beginning, these characters spin towards their inevitably tragic endings as a result of the main character‘s self-repression and insecurity, and his need to run away from his own desires and the one person that could make him happy.
⚠️ Amazing read, but incredibly sad
Baldwin is a master at his craft. I went into this knowing almost nothing about the book except that it‘s an #lgbt classic and set in Paris. I forget how delightful it is going in like this— everything is a discovery, like how big a role the title plays in the plot. #vacancesfrancaises #currentlyreading
I enjoyed #MakeMeReadIt so much I decided to have Litsy decide what I'm reading for September again.
In the comments tag the book that you think I should read in September. I will read it the top two books.
Interesting, but not entirely accurate. 😉 I‘m much more reticent than this description.
What great American author are you?
Thanks for posting, @vkois88
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a beautiful book! I devoured this little shortie. I may have just missed reading it during pride month, but better late than never. 🏳️🌈 I was floored to find out it was written in 1956. More of this, please! #gaylit #fivestarbooks
Although not my favorite book I have read recently I think it is a poignant testimony of how important it is to be true to ones self no matter what! #booked2018 #lgbtqia @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
Stunningly beautiful and painfully tragic. James Baldwin continues to astound me.
Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/book-review-giovannis-room-by-j...