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Giovanni's Room Essay

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1. The title of the book is Giovanni's room and the author is James Baldwin.2a. It was first published in 1957 by Michael Joseph Ltd.2b. I've read the edition that was published in 1984 by Black Swan.3a. Giovanni's room is the room in which David and Giovanni lived for some time.3b. David has a lot of memories attached to that room: they used to tell each other a lot of things there, they made love their; they really lived in that small room just outside of Paris.4. The book is novel about homosexuality.5a. The scene is laid in Paris.5b. In the past. I know that the book was written around 1956. In the book, the people don't really seem to accept homosexual people as much as they are accepted at this very moment. So that occurs to the past also.6a. The main characters are Giovanni and David (last names are unknown!) 6b. Giovanni is an Italian guy. He is, I think, about 30 years old and he works in a bar in Paris. He is homosexual and very emotional. He is very charming, loving and sweet.David is an American guy, who is living in Paris for some while. He moved to Paris with his girlfriend Hella, but she went away for some time, to think about what she really wanted to do with her life. David is quite insecure about himself and he doens't really know what his feelings are. He's not sure whether he's gay or not. He's quite loving too, just like Giovanni. But since he isn't really sure about his feelings, he sometimes seems to neglect Giovanni and just starts drinking or wandering around the city.7. The book starts on the day that David goes back to Paris by train. He says that it is the most terrible morning of his life. When he arrives in Paris, he sees Jacques and Jacques asks him if he has heard about Giovanni. Then, there is a flashback.One night, David (who's girlfriend Hella has just gone to Spain to think about what she wants to do with her live) goes out with his friend Jacques. They go to a bar in Paris. Jacques is homosexual and as soon as the two of them enter the bar, Jacques notices the bartender. He thinks he's very attractive. But since Jacques is quite shy, in a way, he doesn't have the guts to ask the bartender if he would like to go for a drink together with him and David. So, David does it for him. He starts talking to the bartender and he finds out his name is Giovanni and that he's Italian. While the two of them are talking, David feels quite attracted to Giovanni. He has never really felt this feeling so strong before and he doesn't know wether he likes it or not. At the moment that the two of them are talking, Jacques is talking to Guillaume. He's the owner of the bar and Giovanni's boss.Anyway, after the bar closes the 4 of them go out for a drink and something to eat. Giovanni and David get along extremely well. After they had aten, David joins Giovanni to his little room, just outside of the centre of Paris. They drink some more and they end up in bed.After a while, David decides to move in with Giovanni. They still have a...

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