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Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
Set in the 1950s 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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psalva
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I recently joined a newly formed LGBTQ+ book club in South Carolina and today we found out this is the first book we‘re reading. It‘s my first ever in-person book club and I am hopeful that it will be a good experience.

#bookclub #lgbtq #southcarolina

Reggie Ohhhh, I‘m so excited for you! 2w
psalva @Reggie Thank you! 2w
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Sydneypaige
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My new favorite Baldwin book and probably going to stay in my top 10 reads of the year. This is about a man struggling with his sexuality and relationships as an American in Paris. It‘s heartbreaking and beautiful.

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gossamerchild
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Again, possibly in my top 5 favorites of 2022. This book blew me away. Also, I need to come up with new superlatives. Anyway, I only regret not reading this sooner.

#12Booksof2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks a good choice. 1mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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2022 has been a rather marvellous book year for me!

I've discovered new favourite authors. Unearthed book series that have become lifelong obsessions. And one cannot forget the stand-alones that have found a permanent home in my heart.

⬆️ These were my absolute favourites ⬆️

1: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.
2: Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez.
3: Into This River I Drown by TJ Klune.

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Cazxxx
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Have been reading this as a buddy read with my son and wow it was wonderful. Such beautiful prose, brilliantly written characters and a hard hitting story.
This one is definitely going into my all time favourites list
5 ⭐️

CarolynM It‘s really good, isn‘t it? I‘d love to know what your son thought of it. 4mo
Cazxxx @CarolynM It was excellent. He hasn‘t quite finished as he‘s having eye problems but so far he likes it and has annotated a lot! 4mo
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Ididsoidid
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A short story brilliantly narrated. David‘s efforts to escape both the morality of his American upbringing and his own contradictory desires play out in the small and suffocating atmosphere of Giovanni‘s room. 8/10

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Graywacke
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#Alphabetgame #LetterG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Baldwin again. He had many sides - angry and brilliant and provocative - or here, beautiful and elegant. A favorite all-time for me.

Other G‘s: Goodbye to a River by John Graves (for rare tx sanity). The slow and thoughtful Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. And two audio surprises: The Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America-Stacy Schiff & The Greater Journey-David McCullough

vivastory When you said that you were using Baldwin again for G, I was thinking Go Tell it on the Mountain! Giovanni's Room is the next one I plan on reading by him. He is def an all-time favorite of mine. He's written one of my fave novels, stories & essays. Just brilliant. 6mo
Graywacke @vivastory Go Tell It is rough stuff. I was all black and blue after that. 🙂 I adore him. I made him a reading theme one year, and it was a such a good rewarding decision. I agree. (I read a collection of short stories and especially loved Sonnie‘s Blues) 6mo
vivastory I have read a handful of his various works, but he is def a writer who I plan on reading his entire output eventually. I have thought of doing the author dedicated reading years before, but I need a bit of a break between authors. 'Sonny's Blues is the story I was thinking of. Just a flawless, heartbreaking story. Feels both heavy & light at the same time. 6mo
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Graywacke @vivastory i lost my response 🙁 I was writing to tell you how ridiculously pleased I am to share some affection for Sonnie‘s Blue. It‘s a gem, and not so well known as his other stuff. I also gave you my whole annual author theme story, but i‘ll spare you that now. 🙂 6mo
batsy Excellent pick. Even the anger and provocation comes through here. So much to reckon with in this book. 6mo
Graywacke @vivastory I couldn‘t get through all Baldwin‘s work in a year. I got through the classic stuff in that year. I have, next to me right now, his novel Just Above My Head, waiting. I think his best writing was early. As he became more publicly active, it seems he was a bit too scatter brained to match his earlier stuff. I loved Tell Me How Long the Train‘s Been Gone. But apparently he never edited it. Submitted the draft and dropped it completely. 6mo
Graywacke @vivastory ps - if you have a lot of time, @AllDebooks sent me this essay on Baldwon by Toibin. It‘s terrific, but really long: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v23/n18/colm-toibin/the-last-witness 6mo
Graywacke @batsy true. Those are deeply interwoven, and it becomes a foreground. And yeah, a lot to reckon with. 6mo
vivastory Thanks for the link! I bookmarked it & will def read it later. Toibin's thoughts on Baldwin will def be worthwhile. I had never heard of Just Above My Head, which is strange bc I see now that it appears to be one of his longest novels. I have heard great things about Tell Me How Long etc, but that's one I still need to read. I had a similar feeling about Another Country being unpolished, which I think actually helped accentuate the raw emotions 6mo
vivastory (cont) In it. Out of the novels of his that I have read so far, my fave has been If Beale St Could Talk. Such a compact, yet multifaceted work full of dramatic moments & memorable characters! 6mo
Graywacke @vivastory I liked Beale Street. Super relevant now. I thought he dialed himself down, and used plot construction to make it work. Still need to get to that movie. Another Country is another tough one…powerful and uncomfortable. You have read a lot of his stuff! 6mo
AllDebooks I loved Giovanni's Room, Go Tell it will be my next of his 6mo
Graywacke @AllDebooks it‘s intense! 6mo
AllDebooks @Graywacke I have no doubt. Also need to read Gilead 6mo
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Cazxxx
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📚 A few of my recent purchases 📚

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AllDebooks
Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin

Finally got around to reading James Baldwin. Really looking forward to exploring more of his writing.

Fascinating essay by Colm Toíbín, fyi @Graywacke
https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v23/n18/colm-toibin/the-last-witness
https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2021/01/where-to-start-with-james-baldwin

Graywacke Yay! I adored this novel. I also love James Baldwin in general. 6mo
AllDebooks @Graywacke I found it so moving and profound. 6mo
AllDebooks @Graywacke I'm reading the tagged essay collection, in which the author writes the most wonderful, insightful letters to JB. 6mo
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Graywacke I‘m not familiar with this. Noting! Thanks. 6mo
AllDebooks @Graywacke you're welcome, thought it might be of interest to you 6mo
Graywacke I noticed your second link. Tóibín‘s article is terrific and intense. And incomplete. He sort of just stops. What amazed me is I kept waiting for him to discuss The Fire Next Time - Baldwin‘s most important work, and his most politically intense. It‘s not mentioned once in the article. (Also I was mixed in Another Country, but loved Tell Me How Long the Train‘s Been Gone. Both are long wandering messy novels, but I found Train very human.) 6mo
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Nutmegnc
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With Giovanni‘s Room, I‘ve completed the 2021 #lgbtqbookbingo (begun this year after I finished the 2022 board…) @Kenyazero

Kenyazero Dang! Excellent work! 7mo
Nutmegnc @Kenyazero now I need to add ratings to my boards! 7mo
Kenyazero @Nutmegnc oh! That‘s a super cool idea! 7mo
BkClubCare 👏 7mo
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DavidDiamond
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For Pride month I picked this classic which I had never read. A moving examination of repression, internalized homophobia and the resulting consequences in 1950‘s Paris.

vivastory I think this will be my next Baldwin. What a master. 7mo
DavidDiamond @vivastory It‘s a quick read…it‘s also my first Baldwin! 7mo
batsy I read it recently and it was also my first Baldwin. What a book. 7mo
CarolynM My first (and so far only) Baldwin too. I won‘t forget it in a hurry. 7mo
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timefornewtoys
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Another masterpiece. Just devastating

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batsy
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Everything I said about Greek tragedies giving me nightmares applies to this: it was my "bedtime book" & it was the stupidest choice; it wrecked my sleep. Though a slim novel, I dragged it out over 10 days. It's a hard book not because of its prose, which is beautiful, or its plot, which is straightforward, but because of what it contains: shame, rage, denial, anguish; the stuff that is the bedrock of toxic masculinity & (internalised) homophobia.

batsy What more can I say? I found myself yearning for redemption for David & a "happy ending" for him & Giovanni, which of course, will never come. Why do you destroy me, James Baldwin ? 10mo
batsy I feel like this photograph really captures the mood of the novel. It's from a series of photos by John Edmonds to illustrate this excellent essay by Hilton Als https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/t-magazine/james-baldwin-giovannis-room.html 10mo
CarolynM Fabulous review. Not a good choice for bedtime reading! 10mo
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Cathythoughts Brilliant review & picture 👍🏻 10mo
Nutmegnc Great article and great review. Thanks for sharing! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aargh I can‘t read the article! Excellent review and great pic! (edited) 10mo
Tamra Terrific review! 😊 10mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I know! I try to read articles on my laptop where the browser's Readability extension can sometimes bypass the paywall 🙊 10mo
andrew61 Great review, I must reread this as I didn't get on with it the first time but know it was me not the book. 10mo
vivastory Baldwin is def an author who I plan on eventually reading everything he wrote. As always a fantastic review 👏 Books that gave me nightmares should be a reoccurring feature 10mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ One of my all-time favourite books ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
batsy @andrew61 Thank you; I can understand not getting on with it because it is a bit of a bleak one. 10mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! Lol yes the nightmare-inducing ones stick with me the longest, evidently 😆 10mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you!! 💜 I'm really glad I finally read it but whew it really takes something out of you 💔 10mo
Centique I have this on my TBR but I‘ve been too afraid of it! I will, I must, I can ….. just not today. 😬 10mo
batsy @Centique Oof, I know! That's exactly why I kept putting it off for so long 😆 10mo
Graywacke My favorite Baldwin. Glad you enjoyed this. 9mo
batsy @Graywacke Amazing book, but Baldwin never lets the reader off easy. I want to read his other works but I also need to be prepared, in a way! 9mo
Graywacke @batsy no he doesn‘t. I imagine letting a reader go unchallenged would be counter to his purpose. 🙂 9mo
Graywacke He was my 2019 theme. But I couldn‘t get to everything he wrote. 9mo
batsy @Graywacke Oh yes, of course. It's the same ethics of holding the reader accountable that informs some of his nonfiction writing that I've read. (I like that you have a yearly theme. I'm so undisciplined as a reader. But maybe this could be my resolution for next year 😅) 9mo
Graywacke @batsy The one reading through all the classical Greek plays is undisciplined? 🙂 So if you chose an author for next year, who would you chose? 9mo
batsy @Graywacke Ha 😆 That's a good question, btw... Haven't thought about it but I've been wanting to go through all of Muriel Spark, or Anita Brookner, or Barbara Pym. 9mo
Graywacke @batsy Two authors i need to read and one I need to read more of (Spark)! 9mo
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LindaLappin
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Sorry to break the rules. I neglected day9 #Pub of #SavvySettings because I couldn't think of anything -- then it hit me- Giovanni's Room - the book that established Baldwin's reputation as a great American writer overnight! While his classic Go Tell It On the Mountain. is another tough reckoning with #Church, Day21 Brilliant stylist. Powerful emotions. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Agreed! Perfect 👍🏼 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks There are no rules! ❤️📚 10mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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" Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour - and in the oddest places! - for the lack of it"
- James Baldwin

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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A tragic love story to rival Shakespeare's Romeo and Juilet.
James Baldwin has composed yet another masterpiece.
When David, a rudderless American, collides with Giovanni, a grief-stricken, vulnerable bartender hiding behind a vivacious bravado, they embark on a journey of love and lust and hate, until one really appreciates how closely all of those impassioned feelings are related.
The prose is a breath-taking feat of vehemence and observation.

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 10mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @BookwormAHN Aww, thank you 😘 X 10mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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PaperbackPirate Welcome to Litsy! Go to @LitsyWelcomeWagon for some helpful links. 9mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Nute Aww, thank you so much for the warm welcome 😘. I think I've found my people here. Thank you for the link too. Very helpful 🥰 Xx 9mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @PaperbackPirate Aww, thank you so much too for the lovely welcome 😘. And the link too. I really appreciate it 🥰 Xx 9mo
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wifey.n
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This isn‘t a book about a man confused of his sexuality, this is a book about how self-hatred and self-loathing can destroy the lives of people around you. This is about a man who is selfish and who does not take accountability for his actions or have any consideration for the feelings of people around him.

A lot of people pity for David but he is the enemy.

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Mariasimon
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Set in 1950s Paris, a gay man struggles with his sexuality while falling in love with another man. Even though he is engaged, David, while his fiancée is away on a trip meets a bartender, Giovanni, and continues their affair in Giovannis room until his fiancée returns. This book deals heavily with the mental struggle of accepting yourself as queer, especially at a time when gender roles were so heavily enforced.

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BkClubCare
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
xicanti Guess who just received THE BEST CHRISTMAS CARD EVER, almost two months after it was mailed! (Boo, postal system.) Thank you! I shall treasure this gem forever. 12mo
BkClubCare @xicanti - BOO! Probably on the US side 😂 Happy New Year 12mo
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BkClubCare
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And at moments like this I felt that we were merely enduring and committing the longer and lesser and more perpetual murder.
#ViensMEmbrasser #ComeandKissMe #HappyNatlPieDay

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BkClubCare
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My life now consists of reading or thinking about the reading; tagged book is for Book Spin Bingo and OCF is for #Tob2022. I can keep multiple books going IF consumed via different media: eBook + print + audio (over halfway thru the Matrix). BY FAR the Baldwin is the most immediately captivating!! The Shteyngart begins with awful people.

Wanted a pic of my almost blooming Christmas Cactus

janeycanuck I just picked this up at the library - the reviews I‘m seeing are making me a tad nervous to start it… 13mo
Sophronisba I am kind of looking forward to this one, even though Shteyngart can be pretty hit-or-miss for me. 13mo
BkClubCare @janeycanuck - my library reading challenge has a category for something intimidating. I am counting this Baldwin. 13mo
BkClubCare @Sophronisba - already planning on skimming the Shteyngart if it fails to capture me. 13mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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A brilliant, searing tale of the cumulative weight of shame, self loathing, and living a closeted life. A young American is living in Paris, trying to attain the life expected of him while wrestling mightily with his desires for men. When he enters into an affair with an Italian bartender, Giovanni, he finds himself at a crossroads. Suddenly, everything he has been running from comes rushing to confront him.

Anna40 Loved this book so much 1y
HeatherBookNerd @Anna40 it‘s heartbreaking, but so good. 1y
BkClubCare Great review 12mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird Such a splendid review ♡ Xx 10mo
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Creme_de_la_them
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Book #22 of the year: “Giovanni‘s Room” by James Baldwin

I need to start reading some less painful books. The story centers on a white American man in Paris as he‘s forced to face his sexuality, his understanding of morality, and how deeply we hurt and are hurt by the people we love. It‘s very well written and I enjoyed it, but there is no happy ending.

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violettemeier
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Although the writing style is beautiful, the actual story is lackluster.

SweetP1967 I‘m reading this now - it is interesting but I‘m curious to see how it ends. I‘ve been meaning to read it forever. 1y
violettemeier @SweetP1967 I would love to know what you think 1y
SweetP1967 @violettemeier I ended up rating it 3 stars…I enjoyed many aspects of it but it wasn‘t a favorite and I really wish there hadn‘t been as much French throughout the book. I did think I‘d enjoy it more so that was a bit of a disappointment. (edited) 1y
violettemeier @SweetP1967 I totally agree! Thanks for sharing your feedback. 😊 1y
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maddielikesbooks
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would sell my soul to the devil himself to be able to write 1/8th as good as baldwin. phenomenal

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Eggs
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A modern tragedy set in Paris in the 1950s, Baldwin has a clear premise without any pretense, delivering a good story. David has a fiancée but while she‘s traveling, he finds himself falling for Giovanni. We want love but also fear it, hurting others in the wake of our confusion...
#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Ladygodiva7 That books is also #1001Books 2y
CarolynM "Hurting others in the wake of our confusion" ❤️ You've summed this book up beautifully. 2y
Eggs Cool 😎📚👍🏼 @Ladygodiva7 2y
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Eggs Thank you Carolyn 🤗 @CarolynM 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Jen2
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Wonderful story. Still processing.

JenReadsAlot Where is that? Beautiful! 2y
Currey Looks like outside of Sedona 2y
Jen2 Bryce Canyon in Utah. It was amazing!! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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James Baldwin is brilliant here, and I‘m finding it hard to imagine banning this one for “promoting” anything, because for me it‘s about the power of society to alienate someone from their own feelings, their own choices, forcing them to make decisions they wouldn‘t otherwise, decisions they are heartsick over and can‘t possibly live with. Soul crushing decisions for the sake of society‘s acceptance. Plus those in power abusing those with none.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Good, but very sad. It was hard to read about the narrator not feeling that he could be his true self out in the open. Sad about Giovanni, too. Things are better today, although not yet perfectly so everywhere.
#authoramonth #authoramonth2021

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Petelord
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Wonderfully written novel. The pain the characters feel and live drips from every page. Highly recommend

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#MoviesInMay @Klou
Prompt: Denzil Washington
Movie: Philadelphia

Klou I got confused for a second there, thinking you'd accidentally put day one's movie for day 2, then remembered Tom Hanks AND Denzel Washignton are in Philadelphia. Perfect choice of book!! 2y
TheSpineView That is confusing! 2y
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SaraBeagle
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There are so many ways of being despicable... But the way to really be despicable is to be contemptuous of other people‘s pain.

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Katherineteale
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“You don‘t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you can never go back.”

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sprainedbrain
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This book was just a stunner, start to finish. Baldwin tells us from the beginning where we will end up, but that didn‘t stop me from being swept away in the amazing prose and the intense, all-encompassing story of David, Giovanni, and that room. I‘m not crazy about the way the lone female character, Hella, is portrayed but I can‘t bring myself to knock even half a star off. I had all of the feels.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Freespirit Sounds fantastic! 2y
Jessieleah Fantastic book! 2y
readordierachel So good ❤ 2y
Currey Loved this book ❤️ 2y
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Mdion1993
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A thought provoking story about a man‘s struggle to define his sexuality against conventional masculinity. Ashamed and confused, David travels to Paris to “find himself,” but ends up wrestling with two identities - an engaged man to a beautiful, elusive woman...and a lover to a Parisian man. Though wordy at times (despite being 160 pages!), Giovanni‘s Room‘s writing is poetic and tragic. This is a story about how denial can turn into self hatred.

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Kazzie
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So good! Pacy read, tragic story. Great for a bookclub.

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AlexGeorge
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Oh, my heart. This book. Gorgeous writing. The ending is devastating.

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Kalalalatja
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Considering when this was published, I think it is impressive what Baldwin tried to do. That being said, it didn‘t really do it for me. The first half was a bit boring, choppy and it felt like entire passages were cut away, because at times I didn‘t know how the story moved from a to b. The characters felt like charicatures (the melodramatic, the flat woman, the man in denial), and I couldn‘t care about any of them.

#BookSpinBingo #Space5

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
LoveLightJoy Now I‘m curious... 2y
BarbaraBB I felt the same. 2y
Anna40 I love this book! At one point I even owned two copies of it 😂 2y
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Kalalalatja
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It is Pride in Denmark, so it felt like a great time to start this classic 🌈🌈

#currentlyreading

charl08 I love that cover! 🤩 2y
batsy Yup, that cover is fab! 2y
Kalalalatja @charl08 @batsy I know, right! The Danish publishing house Gyldendal makes some wonderful editions of classics, but unfortunately, I have to return this to the library when I finish, so I can‘t add it to my collection atm 👎 2y
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Stunning. Baldwin and Paris, what‘s not to adore. He writes about pain and desperation better than anyone. bravo😘

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Exquisite storytelling with equally, if not more, exquisite prose made my first experience with James Baldwin an absolute pleasure. A timeless masterpiece that has aged gracefully in a manner books seldom do! #ReadBlackAuthors

Leftcoastzen Beautiful edition! 3y
nathandrake1997 @Leftcoastzen Thank you 😄 It is a beautiful edition indeed and the cover art thematically resonates with the book as well 😄 3y
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It‘s so difficult to write about Baldwin‘s writing, because it‘s exquisite. This the story of a man coming to terms with his sexual identity, and how that struggle ripples outward. It‘s also the story of how difficult it is to be yourself when society deems you as “Other.” Beautifully rendered and heartbreaking.

WomanistBibliophile I need to read more James Baldwin! I‘m thinking of making a year of his work in 2021 3y
Angitron @WomanistBibliophile That sounds like a great plan! 3y
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Finished this a few days ago for a #pridemonth read. This is a powerful #lgbtq classic about an man who has an affair with another man while his fiancé is out of town in 1950s Paris and must decide between a life of stability with her or being with his true love. A powerful, sad novel that makes me want to pick up the rest of Baldwin‘s work soon.

Angitron I was literally just about to write my review for this one. Yours is great! 3y
SamAnne I just finished The Fire Next Time and now want to read everything by Baldwin. 3y
MyNamesParadise I read this book in college and loved it! I have to admit it wasn‘t something I‘d normally read but I took an African American literature class and had a great professor! 3y
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CindyE09 Thanks @Angitron , I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! 3y
CindyE09 @SamAnne saammeeee, he has such a nice way with language 3y
CindyE09 @MyNamesParadise that sounds like a great class to get the chance to read this book! 3y
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Graywacke
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Thanks for the tag, @batsy Strange how hard this is, going with some somewhat recent favorites.

1) Giovanni‘s Room by James Baldwin
2) Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante
3) Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

#favs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Want to share @Liz_M ?

batsy It's so difficult to narrow down! I've said it before I think but all of these are on my tbr 😁 3y
Graywacke @batsy i‘ve been mulling over your list - Pessoa and VanderMeer on the same list! I haven‘t read any the authors on your list. Pessoa... hmm. 3y
BarbaraBB This could have been my list too 💚 3y
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batsy @Graywacke Pessoa's Disquiet is an old friend ❤️ VanderMeer's book made me feel like a stranger in my own skin; and it seems to fit the mood of whatever it is the world is morphing into. 3y
Liz_M Looking forward tot he LT read of Lost Children Archive this summer! 3y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB 🙂 I read GR last year for the 1st time. Loved reading Baldwin. @batsy I‘m curious about Pessoa‘s mythical rambling. Might need to be in the right state for it, though. Also curious of VanderMeer‘s appeal. 3y
Graywacke @Liz_M I have a physical copy now. Waiting... (and only have two(!) other planned reads at same time. 🤦🏻‍♂️) 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 3y
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Victoria6
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Book #15: This novel is noted as an early work of LGBTQ fiction, preceding Call Me By Your Name with a 1950s story of an American in Paris.

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Loretta
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This book is brilliantly written. But goodness, so much internalized homophobia (or biphobia, I suppose, since the protagonist appears to be bi). But that appears to be very much the point.

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