BRLSI BIG READ FOR SEPTEMBER
GIOVANNI'S ROOM BY JAMES BALDWIN
The action of Giovanni's Room is narrated by its protagonist David during "the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life. When David meets the Italian bartender Giovanni, he begins a passionate affair which not only threatens to devastate plans for his marriage, it strikes at his very identity and the core of everything he believed in up until this point.
In the tradition of the great American expatriate novels, James Baldwin's second novel takes an American protagonist, and drops him in the heart of 1950's Paris, to explore issues of social alienation, race, sexuality and gender, intimacy, and shame.
Baldwin investigates these themes with an almost breathtaking degree of courageousness and the sort of sensitivity and lyricism open to few writers. That is why BRLSI think it will make the most perfect Big Read choice for September.
Each Big Read Session lasts approximately one hour and revolves around a 20-minute discussion of the novel by the session leader, before opening out to wider discussion with the group. Attendees will be sent starter questions in advance.
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