Giovanni’s Room

By James Baldwin
Read by Dan Butler

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781620645413

  • ISBN: 9780792793694

  • ISBN: 9780792796107

Runtime: 6.82 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A BookRiot Pick for Black History Month

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.

With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Violent, excruciating beauty.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Exciting…A book that belongs in the top rank of fiction.” Atlantic
“Mr. Baldwin has taken a very special theme and treated it with great artistry and restraint.” Saturday Review
“A young American involved with both a woman and a man…Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity.” New York Times
“Absorbing…[with] immediate emotional impact.” Washington Post
“Narrator Dan Butler captures the brooding nature of the main character, David, who is trapped in a coming-of-age crisis…Butler’s rich baritone carries the lilt and rhythmic pacing of the dense, poetic prose that made James Baldwin famous. A novel with as much interior monologue as dialogue can be challenging to hold the listener’s interest. Butler surmounts this difficulty by differentiating between David’s inner thoughts and his complex outer world through variations in pace, pitch, and tone.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924–1987), acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, was educated in New York. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, received excellent reviews and was immediately recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in American letters. The appearance of The Fire Next Time in 1963, just as the civil rights movement was exploding across the American South, galvanized the nation and continues to reverberate as perhaps the most prophetic and defining statement ever written of the continuing costs of Americans’ refusal to face their own history. It became a national bestseller, and Baldwin was featured on the cover of Time. The next year, he was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and collaborated with the photographer Richard Avedon on Nothing Personal, a series of portraits of America intended as a eulogy for the slain Medger Evers. His other collaborations include A Rap on Race with Margaret Mead and A Dialogue with the poet–activist Nikki Giovanni. He also adapted Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X into One Day When I Was Lost. He was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor a year before his death, one honor among many he achieved in his life.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English