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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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BeaG
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Worked on crafts while I listened to this book. I really liked this one. James Baldwin was an excellent writer/storyteller.

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Drosera
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Again the book‘s former owner is drawn to some of my favorite lines in the book. #lgbtq #JamesBaldwin

Graywacke Love this book! Fun seeing this kind of markup. 1mo
Drosera I do too it‘s one of my favorite books. And I also like the markups it‘s fun to have a connection to the book‘s former owner through their notes. 1mo
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Drosera
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The way Baldwin conveys the feelings of shame, fear, and self loathing David has about his sexuality is devastating. I don‘t have words to describe how hard this hits me. And I‘m straight. I‘m reading the story as someone who can‘t relate to the character‘s pain through a shared experience, yet, I have to fight to keep from crying. BTW the notes were made by the book‘s previous owner. But I like that this person was also drawn to this line. #lgbtq

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CarolynM
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A beautifully written ugly story. I found it hard to be sympathetic to the narrator, but I was conscious that I have never had to negotiate such challenging issues of identity or social position (for which I am very grateful). Does this qualify as a banned book #booked2020?
#BookReport finished Sofia Khan is not Ok, Case Histories & this
#WeeklyForecast start The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead continue The Thirties for #chunkster2020 then?

Cinfhen Yup, it has been banned and qualifies!! I‘m thinking of reading this one 👉🏾 1mo
Crazeedi Love your mug! 1mo
batsy Great review and a pretty mug 😍 1mo
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CarolynM @Cinfhen Excellent! Thank you. That means I've crossed off 3 of the summer prompts. I'll do a post about it this week🙂 I read The Grapes of Wrath in high school - ugh! Good luck. 1mo
CarolynM @Crazeedi @batsy Thank you. Love a bit of William Morris🙂 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, that‘s not a good endorsement. I might have to rethink that choice 🙄 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Don't let me influence you. After all you liked East of Eden a lot more than I did. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read Grapes ever since we did the East of Eden buddy read. Let me know IF you decide on Grapes, we can buddy read! 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s true @CarolynM 😂😂I forgot you disliked it!!! I WILL definitely let you know @erzascarletbookgasm having a friend to read along with really helps ☺️ 1mo
Graywacke This was one of my favorite books from last year. I was maybe more sympathetic with the terrible empty American, but yes the writing was really beautiful and what I remember most. 1mo
CarolynM @Graywacke I'm not sure being American had much to do with it. I couldn't excuse the way he used both Giovanni and Hella even though I understood how much he was struggling with his sexuality, his concept of masculinity and how he fitted in the world (in the US maybe even more than in Paris given the differences in the law). 1mo
Graywacke @CarolynM oh, he was awful. But he obviously came from a place that seriously repressed his sexuality to the point he couldn‘t handle a good when he had it. 1mo
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Owlizabeth
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I went in thinking this was a love story, but it‘s most certainly not. The writing was sharp enough to cut me to shreds and the characters despicable enough to break my heart. This was internalized homophobia and misogyny clever enough to know it was happening but helpless to stop it. It was a beautiful wreck, mean and angry and sorrowful. It is necessary to see how far we‘ve come, how far we‘ve yet to go. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

LeahBergen Great review! 2mo
readordierachel Yes, great review! I'm hoping to get to this one this year. 2mo
Tamra I have yet to read this one, but I think I need to. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I guess I didn't have any idea what this sad and tragic story was about. I find the narrator David equal parts infuriating and sad. Like all Baldwin books this holds up remarkably well over time, the story is both moving and thought provoking.

CarolynM I'm just about to start this one. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @CarolynM I hope you like it as well! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Week one of #2020 has me off to a great start. Finishing up Giovanni's room today, finished the other 2 this week also. All three are blowing me away and I hope that is a good sign for this year's reading!

Emilymdxn What great books! 2mo
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Graywacke
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#2019bookshelf

I read 65 books this year, but I can‘t put the audiobooks, ebooks and library books on a shelf. What you see here is everything else.

Eyelit Looks like a really good year! 2mo
Graywacke @Eyelit thanks! It was a fun year. 2mo
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kgriffith
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I definitely didn‘t appreciate Giovanni as a character as much when I first read this, as I do now.

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brandybear22
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“You don‘t have a home until you leave it, and then when you‘ve left it you can‘t go back.”

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Liz_M
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush

@Billypar, care to play along? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed.

LeahBergen I have Bonjour Tristesse waiting on my shelves. 👍🏻 5mo
Tanisha_A Ooh, I have the same edition of Giovanni's Room. 😍 5mo
Liz_M @LeahBergen It is a charming read (if you like devious teenagers). Enjoy! 5mo
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Billypar Oh wow- I completely missed this tag, but a belated thank you! Ended up playing anyway and it was good fun. 5mo
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Tanisha_A
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Never read Baldwin. This is going to be my first one. #Bookmail

Cathythoughts Looks beautiful 9mo
Theaelizabet Love him. Enjoy. 9mo
JennyM Hope you enjoy. Pretty cover 🍁 9mo
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Blaire It is a wonderful book! 9mo
readordierachel That cover 😍 Enjoy! 9mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM @readordierachel That cover is just so beautiful. I am loving showing it off. 🥰 9mo
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Nature in real or on paper, just gorgeous everywhere! 😍 9mo
Tanisha_A @Theaelizabet @Blaire I feel privileged, and excited. It's such a thrill when you read an author for the first time. 🎉 9mo
ephemeralwaltz Whoohoo! The thrill is real. I read my first Baldwin just over a week ago. 8mo
Tanisha_A @ephemeralwaltz Ooh, that's on my list too. 😆 8mo
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scripturient-ink
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Happy Pride Month!! ❤ Have a picture of all the queer lit I'm using for my master's thesis.

ozma.of.oz Wow! Good luck!🏳️‍🌈 9mo
scripturient-ink @blamethestardust Thank you!! Four months to go 🙈 9mo
ShyBookOwl Woot woot! Hope it goes well 😊 9mo
scripturient-ink @ShyBookOwl I hope so too, thanks!! :D 9mo
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This was my first read of a James Baldwin novel and I loved it - great development of characters and a strong and moving story arc. Highly recommended.

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scripturient-ink
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Working on a translation for my thesis, although I'm absolutely not feeling like it today. Translations from the 1960s are just exhausting.

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Graywacke
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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.

Liz_M I am so happy that you loved this one! 10mo
Graywacke @Liz_M 🙂 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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GatheringBooks oooh! i‘ve been wanting to read this for the looongest time. 💕🧚🏼‍♀️📚 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🏡📚❤️ 10mo
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mldkennedy
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(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."

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Graywacke
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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.

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violabrain
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This book is incredible and completely devastating. How have I never read James Baldwin before now?

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violabrain
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This book is incredible and completely devastating. How have I never read James Baldwin before now?

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triplem80
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In my room, reading Giovanni's Room. James Baldwin is a perfect pick for #blackhistorymonth!

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Wow.
Such a powerful book. Intricate perspectives on homosexuality, masculinity, and self-awareness packed into this novella. Highly recommended.

zsuzsanna_reads I loved it too. A brilliant novel. 12mo
AmyG I agree. It‘s brilliant. 12mo
Graywacke I‘ll get to this later this year. Looking forward to it. 12mo
Moray_Reads It just shows how much power a brilliant worry can get into a few pages ❤️💔 12mo
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LouLouLane
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A sweet little red book for lunch today. Delicious.

Tamra That is a lovely looking book and sofa, but with kids and pets in my house it would look great for about 2 hours! 😆 13mo
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DreesReads
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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

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LouLouLane
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My local theater is doing a seminar on James Baldwin so I scooped these up to read beforehand.

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VinceReads
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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.

5/5

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jenniferw88
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#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!

Leniverse I just can‘t work out how to add a message to the books I gift. Technology fail. 😂 I looked through your TBR and got all excited when I saw you wanted to read this. I‘ve read both Go Tell it on the Mountain and Giovanni‘s Room this year, and I just want to push them on people. 😘 1y
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moarbookspleaze
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Currently reading

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MoniqueReads305
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Louise Such a well-written book! 1y
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ruth_pell32
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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

rather_be_reading love tht bookmark! 1y
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Louise
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I just started this #audiobook. It is exquisitely written! I think I‘ll be getting the print edition too so I can savor the artistry of the writing.

MariettaSG 😱 1y
Louise @MariettaSG I know, right?! 😳 1y
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nosferatoos
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#manicmonday #letterg
📚—Giovanni‘s Room
👤—Roxane Gay
📽—Get Out
🍽—Gelato

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TheBooketList
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"... For nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom."

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youneverarrived
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150 pages of pure love, heartbreak, unease, longing & despair. It‘s beautiful but tragic. Highly recommend it if you haven‘t yet read it. #lgbtqiamc #booked2018

Cinfhen I‘ve seen so many good reviews for this classic🤓glad it was a pick for you 💕 2y
teainthelibrary This book destroyed me. I cried for a long while after I put it down. So beautiful. 2y
Cathythoughts I love your review ❤️ 2y
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youneverarrived @Cinfhen it‘s worth all the praise ❤️ 2y
youneverarrived @teainthelibrary it is really beautiful. It‘ll definitely stay with me. 2y
Cinfhen You‘ve convinced me to #stack 2y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you ❤️ 2y
youneverarrived I hope you like it! @Cinfhen 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage A classic pick for this prompt! ✔️ 1y
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emtobiasz
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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

CaitlinR Time to read it again. Thanks for the reminder. 2y
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MoniqueReads305
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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.

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teainthelibrary
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Second challenge of the #24in48 readathon: books that expand your worldview. Giovanni‘s Room changed everything for me! It‘s so haunting and tragic, and really changed my perspective on life. A beautiful book.

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Karkar
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Finished the first #24in48 book. I feel back asleep and was asleep with the timer running. 😕 so had to start that over. I think I had around two hours in but now I have four.

RadicalReader @Karkar most gorgeous book cover I have ever seen 2y
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Karkar
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Zelda decided that we needed to be up at 3:30 am. So getting a few minutes of #24in48 in before I pass back out.

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vespers
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Baldwin writes his gay and bi characters with candor. A rarity in the 1950s, when this book was published.
#giovannisroom #baldwin

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thebluestocking
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Interesting, but not entirely accurate. 😉 I‘m much more reticent than this description.

What great American author are you?
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/which-great-american-author-are-you/

Thanks for posting, @vkois88

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shaynarae
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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

MsLeah8417 I strongly urge you to read all of his works. His voice is as important today as it was then. 😊 (edited) 2y
shaynarae @MsLeah8417 Will do!! 2y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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I am amazed that this book was written in 1956! #Booked2018 #LGBTQIA

Cinfhen Great start to the third quarter!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Baldwin is brilliant! 2y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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July BOTM in my Goodreads #classics group. My first James Baldwin read.

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Kshakal
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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

Cinfhen Great to see classics being used for #booked2018 💜well done 2y
4thhouseontheleft Great choice!! 2y
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MsLeah8417
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I don‘t want to spoil it for anyone but the book has a love triangle and murder. It is written in a fast paced style that allows you get quickly caught up in the lives and lies being lived by the central characters.