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Beautiful examination of love vs. convention,
This review is from: Giovanni's Room (Mass Market Paperback)
James Baldwin's moving, insightful prose makes the case for alternate sexuality with believability and deep poignance. While a writer as great as E. M. Forster only skirted the surface of his homosexual feelings, Baldwin treats them with depth and clarity; indeed he makes the best case for the lifestyle since D. H. Lawrence in WOMEN IN LOVE with the Gerald/Rupert relationship. GIOVANNI'S ROOM goes much further of course, but in never becomes political as much modern literature does. Baldwin concentrates on the emotions, the painful beauty of love in its many forms, and the conflicts that become inevitable. Whether you're a proponent of 'alternative' lifestyles or not hardly matters; this book transcends such pigeonholing, as all great literature does.