at long last - a book that didn’t disappoint! 🤧 i really enjoyed Giovanni’s Room by this author, and i’ve also been to beale street with my ~*grade 10 concert band*~, so i was v excited to read this one. in the end it did not take place on beale street at ALL (but i googled and all makes sense now, it’s Literature luvs). the story is so powerful and so compelling. it’s endlessly horrifying that this novel is still extremely relevant in today’s political climate with its themes of institutionalized racism, police brutality, toxic masculinities, and the extremely problematic justice system because it.........came out in 1974. it’s so important to consider how long these things have been normalized. i also liked how amidst the terrible things happening to fonny and tish and their families, their love was so solid & true that it made surviving it all possible. my mind kept going back to this book throughout the day. a short but thought-provoking piece of literature! i think i liked it even better than Giovanni’s Room!
BOOK FEEL: so light!! and not technically feel but the font/pages/narrow columns had big typewriter energy, so it felt like a very Vintage reading experience, despite the fact the copy i read was a 2018 movie edition LOL
RATING: 4.5 artisanal sculptures out of 5