Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin
Year of Publication
When I read it
October 2014
What I thought
So good I almost cried
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Choice Highlights

Giovanni was far from me, drinking marc between an old man, who looked like a receptacle of all the world’s dirt and disease, and a young boy, a redhead, who would look like that man one day, if one could read, in the dullness of his eye, anything so real as a future.
It has been cold down here this winter, though the people of the region seem to take it as a mark of ill-breeding in a foreigner if he makes any reference to this fact.
I loved her as much as ever and I still did not know how much that was.