God giovannis room is heart breaking ive been avoiding reviewing it a bit because it boils so much to the surface no summary or review could do this book total justice what baldwin achieves is a desperate account of two gay or bisexual men struggling with their sexuality their society and most importantly their identities identities which are at once masculine and yet deprived of . Giovannis room begins in a tone that is grave almost stately the words in the opening sentences do not have the hushed tone of guilt or confession which will come later as much as a . The foreboding suffocating confines of giovannis room is a metaphor for not only the gay population but also for any individual who feels claustrophobic in their own life relationship james baldwin seems to be not only a masterful writer but someone who understood much more than we ever will giovannis room is a gem of a novel
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