Friday, August 14, 2015

A small room inside a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

In Baldwin's novel we do not "see" Giovanni's room until Part Two, Chapter Two, which opens with David stating: "I scarcely know how to describe that room."

A couple of paragraphs later, Baldwin's David begins a description, but of course provides more than that.

As for the view, "Giovanni had obscured the window panes with a heavy, white cleaning polish." He did this, Baldwin writes, to "insure privacy."

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