Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0141032944 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingBluemchenblattwing of Paris, Ile-de-France France on 3/7/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, March 07, 2015
The book was acquired at Shakespeare & Company ( and has been since April 2008 (!) on my BC wishlist and recommended also by the Shakespeare's staff.

Love can be dishonest

When DAvid meets the sensuam Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend's return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit the truth, David prétends the liaison never happened - while Giovanni's life descends intro tragedy.

This is yet another classic I've had some trouble with: David is antipathic to a point it was at times difficult to support him. I couldn' t quite befriend the writing style either and the recurrent errors in the French tidbits -maybe intended for the portrayal of some of the characters?- annoyed me to no end. Oh, the jumping to and fro past and present didn't help either to reconcile me with this classic.

So yes, there is a great love, but the way the whole story is presented didn't appeal to me at all.

Journal Entry 2 by wingBluemchenblattwing at Avenue Daumesnil in -Paris 12e, Ile-de-France France on Sunday, March 29, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (3/29/2015 UTC) at Avenue Daumesnil in -Paris 12e, Ile-de-France France


Sur le banc de l'arrêt de taxi avec le Boulevard Diderot (côté Ibis).
On the bank at the taxi station at the crossing with boulevard Diderot next to the Ibis hotel.

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