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Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room


by James Baldwin

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


The book's representation of gay sex and love was a big reason that it caused such a controversy when it was first published. That said, when it comes to the sexual act itself, David, our narrator, often simply gestures in the direction without going into graphic details. For example, when Giovanni and David first go to bed, this is the description:

He pulled me against him, putting himself into my arms as though he were giving me himself to carry, and slowly pulled me down with him to that bed. With everything in me screaming No! yet the sum of me sighed Yes. (1.3.138)

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