Set in the 1950’s 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.
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Narrator's Poor French Ruins This Book
A reader who could read the French names, places and frequent French phrases!
This is a beautiful story, set in Paris and populated significantly by French characters and French speakers. It is a crime that the narrator cannot pronounce the French. This is worse than merely distracting; it destroys an essential part of the book.
He butchers the French names and phrases. It is often incomprehensible due to his poor pronunciation.
Sub par performance for a Baldwin masterpiece.
- Thomas J. Otto "Thomas Otto"