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Livermore Public Library Summer Reading 2014
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The 2014 Livermore Summer Reading Program begins on June 1, 2014 and ends at 5:00pm on August 16, 2014.
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Title
Giovanni's Room
Author
James Baldwin
Review
Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, is a shattering tale of a man torn in two by love, and by the choice between the socially acceptable and the unacceptable. Set in Paris of the 1950's, the novel is narrated by David, a young expatriate American whose fiancee, Hella, is vacationing separately in Spain. While Hella is away, David meets Giovanni, a young barman from Italy, and their connection is immediate. What follows, as the writer lets us know from the very first page, is an inevitable tragedy. Giovanni's Room is not a long novel, but it is literary fiction of the highest order. The reader will find that it may take some time to finish, much as a rich meal or a fine glass of wine. The beautiful prose and philosophical meanderings of the narrator both beg reflection, as does the setting, which is poetically and vividly described. Not for the faint of heart, as the reader is painfully aware of the narrator's anguish, this is nevertheless an important novel of love and loss, and I am grateful that it was brought to my attention.  Find this book
ISBN
0-385-33458-3
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