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Author, The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany etc. Won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules movie.

Giovanni’s Room

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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.

Giovanni’s Room

by James Baldwin
About
The Book
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.
What John Irving says

I was still too young to drive a car when I read James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room.” The concept of a devastating and doomed love story — one that was also modern — hadn’t occurred to me. I thought nothing would ever compare to “Romeo and Juliet,” but Baldwin’s story of “the night that is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life” became the saddest love story I know.