Dream Boy

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  • Title: Dream Boy
  • Author: Jim Grimsley
  • ISBN: 9780552996983
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Jim Grimsley is a playwright and novelist Jim s first novel, Winter Birds, was published by Algonquin Books in 1994 The novel won the 1995 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Jim s second novel, Dream Boy, won the American Library Association GLBT Award for Literature the Stonewall Prize and was a Lambda finalist His third novel, My Drowning, was released in January 1997 by Algonquin Books and for it he was named Georgia Author of the Year His fourth novel, Comfort Joy, was published in October, 1999, and was a Lambda finalist A fantasy novel, Kirith Kirin, was published by Meisha Merlin Books in 2000 and won the Lambda in the science fiction and horror category for 2001 He has published short fiction in The Ontario Review and Asimov s and his stories have been anthologized in The Year s Best Science Fiction, Volume 16 Men on Men 4 Men on Men 2000 and Best Stories From the South, year 2001 Boulevard, published in 2002 by Algonquin, was again a Lambda finalist in the literature category and won Jim his second Georgia Author of the Year designation His novel, The Ordinary, a science fiction novel published in 2004 by Tor Books, won a Lambda in the science fiction fantasy horror category His latest two novels are The Last Green Tree, published by Tor Books of New York in 2006, and Forgiveness, published by the University of Texas Press as part of the inaugural James A Michener Fiction Series His new story collection, Jesus Is Sending You This Message, was published in September 2008 by Alyson Books Jim received the Lila Wallace Reader s Digest Writers Award for his body of work in 1997, and has twice been a finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2003 2004 In 2005 he won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.He served as playwright in residence at About Face Theatre in Chicago under a National Theatre Artist Residency Program grant from Theate Communications Group Pew Charitable Trust 1999 2004 he has been playwright in residence at 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta since 1986 In 1987 he received the George Oppenheimer Newsday Award for Best New American Playwright for Mr Universe His collection of plays, Mr Universe and Other Plays,was published by Algonquin Books in 1998, and was a Lambda finalist for drama.His books have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, and Japanese.

  2. Powerful silent imagery Grimsley uses the third person present to tell us this story So even though we are getting Nathan s point of view, a distance is still created between us and him and him and his world This distance mirrors the same distance that Nathan needs to be able to survive what he has been through So with this writing tool Grimsley puts us in the picture by making us feel the distance, the silence, the invisibility, the loneliness, the wariness The distrust Nathan feels is even tra [...]

  3. Some books don t deserve ratings Not because they re just that bad, but because a number cannot encapsulate everything found within their bindings Dream Boy, for me, is one of those books what I liked about it is also what prevented me from loving it fully.First published over ten years ago at a succinct 195 pages, Dream Boy revolves around Nathan, a sopho in high school who falls into a complex relationship with Roy, a senior Nathan comes from a troubled home His alcoholic father exemplifies sa [...]

  4. Such a beautiful, deeply emotional, poignant and touching piece of prose Jim Grimsley s writing is magical No words, let the book talk to you Smithnailed it.

  5. Jim Grimsley s wonderful book is conceived of facts and dreams.Its facts are disturbing and painful Nathan s abusive father, Burke s violent acts, the brutality of the very environment surrounding Nathan and Roy conjure up a setting where even the cracking of a floorboard or a light under a door could indicate the onset of violence and abuse But there are also dreams in Nathan s small world his encounters with Roy despite Roy s demand that they remain a secret are infused with tenderness and a s [...]

  6. Such a brilliant gay fiction book This was my first gay romance book or gay fiction book, whichever you prefer to call it I fell in love with it the second I started reading it It didn t take me very long to read it, because I couldn t put it down, but partly because it was very short, too It was a very quick read And I also read it on my 15th birthday, which isn t really relevant but anyway.Jim Grimsley did an amazing job with Nathan He was a shy boy, but he had something inside It was broken b [...]

  7. Dream Boy is a good beginnng for a novel It s a decent outline But aside from an intriguing writing style, this book fails if only because there is no ending Actually, I felt extremely cheated and angry that the author would do such a thing First he manipulates us ruthlessly and plays on our emotions and for what To give us a book with no ending Either suggested ending is an unbelieveably trite The author should be ashamed of himself Worn out plot, brutal enough to make reading difficult and the [...]

  8. Many thanks to Sofia for buddy reading this with me I certainly wouldn t have wanted to read it on my own.This is a melancholy story, poignant, beautifully written but very disturbing Even the teen gay romance within its pages could not redeem it from the darkness and the violence within it Everything shimmered with the fragility of first love but shattered into pieces with the violence.And then the open endedness of the story did not allow for resolution and peace Although I suppose we can read [...]

  9. I am still under impression of this book Since the moment I read the last page I have thought about it all the time You will find a lot of reviews on this book here, both negative and positive And I agree with both As for me, I liked this book Really liked And you shouldn t believe reviewers that the book is worth of reading or it isn t Just read it yourself and decide view spoiler The only thing in this book that left me uncertain if I liked this part or if I didn t is the ending I know that I [...]

  10. Wow, I don t know what to make of this I heard about it on NPR the commentator, a gay man, said he wished he had had this book when he was a teenager, because it would have told him he was not alone That seemed a good reason to read it.Dream Boy follows Nathan, a bright, delicate 15 year old boy, as he falls into a dreamlike courtship with Roy, an older, popular boy at Nathan s new school Though the sex never feels prurient, the novel is unrelentingly sexual I started to wonder if there was a si [...]

  11. This was my third or fourth read of this magnificent book by Jim Grimsley This is the book I return to when I want to be inspired to write better This was my first reaction to Dream boy, in 2010, when I first read it Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley I read it in an hour and a half The apartment could have been engulfed in fire I couldn t care less I only wanted his words Only needed to turn the pages.It has been a very very long and lonely time since I ve come across such a kindred soul His writing is [...]

  12. Dream Boy is a tender love story that is also sensual and violent It is the story of two high school boys who fall in love Roy and Nathan are neighbors and the attraction is immediate and profound They are secretive and tentative about their relationship but it is intense and astonishing in its power.Roy and Nathan attend the same high school where Roy is a senior and Nathan is a sopho Nathan has just moved to the area His family moves often because his father can t keep a job and drinks a lot N [...]

  13. Dream Boy is haunting, in a I have to re read it or else it ll drive me crazy way But I m pretty sure that rereading will not give me answers.It s also haunting because of the subject matter, the constant foreboding feeling and scenes that always stay on this side of gratifying and keep you pushing through the story I m not even sure if I liked it The ending flipped my rating upside down Because I suck at understanding surrealism and symbolism I have so many ideas on this ending, but if I tried [...]

  14. This book was NOT okay.I repeat NOT OKAY Leave now because it has a number of Spoilers Don t say I didn t warn you.First, I just want you to know I am a supporter of LGBT rights, and a proud shipper LOl I find everything about my ships and things I am fond appealing and beautiful But this book ruined me, left me with mixed feelings, and a trauma of porn Okay, let s start with the exposition, and the writing style was totally off The writing style was like a compilation of RP messages Seriously I [...]

  15. There is something that renders me in awe, sometimes there will be, occasionally, a book I will stumble upon, that will hit me with such strength that will threaten to shake everything that makes me This book is one of those cases.I didn t really expect it to affect me so much I guess I never imagined it would matter that much, it was supposed to be just another book I had been meaning to read for some time and only now I was getting myself to do it I wish I had the words to explain in full deta [...]

  16. Just finished it and am trying to determine what I think As an atheist bordering the agnostic I am not one for Bible reading and hymn singing and so forth So I cannot read the ending in a religious context But what remains then If I say it is about love between Nathan and Roy, then I get the ending even though it can be seen as over the top, too faitytale ish or whatever I get it nonetheless I am highly disturbed by the whole plot because the writing gets to you It seems to be clinical, curt, do [...]

  17. WARNING FOR SPOILERS Ugh, this book kills It s so beautiful, every single word is perfectly chosen, this isn t a novel it is a work of art It starts out as of a romance and you do have to dig a little for stuff to like about Roy The film comes into its own here, as Max Roeg does a great job of showing his vulnerability the difficulty he has with his peers and trying to maintain his macho image Also, Roy s love of ghost stories is total love this one s true, I swear it.The transition, about half [...]

  18. It was a page turner Creepy and sad once I have realised what is going on, growing resentful towards the mother and murderous towards the father, but even though the feeling of doom was inevitable, I kept on hoping And maybe, because I wanted a HEA for these two boys so much, I completely refused to believe in a bad ending To me, a horrible part of it was a dream and when he woke up, Nathan has found his happiness Brilliant writing Once again, thank you, Sofia, for holding my hand and going thro [...]

  19. It is one of the most achingly beautiful book I have ever read in awhile It is a story of two high school boys who discover love for one another in the rural South Mr Grimsley writes with soul of a poet that when he describes the attraction between the two boys, it is so palpable, I can feel it seeps through the pages and fill the empty space around me Then it moves into this haunting scenes, slowly reaches the tense climax The ending is poignant yet triumphant I feel like I have been living in [...]

  20. Dream Boy is LIVING POETRY.You can smell the air of the woods, the water of the creek, the character s clothes, and even their very breath.I highly recommend this masterpiece of a ghost tale I ve given it to friends times than I can count.

  21. Grimsley s text is a masterpiece of style The sparse, precise prose captures joy and fear, misery and anticipation, memory and future prospects with the same almost breathless cadence, leaving readers hearts in their throats for just about the duration of the novel The narrator hovers close to the characters, interpreting, foregrounding detail, charting thought processes The narrative shows how people can find joy in each other, and also be destructive and cruel Beauty and despair as poles of hu [...]

  22. I didn t like this story at all It deals with trauma, torture, incest and molestation So not for me I prefer romances.

  23. What the hell did I just read I remember seeing the movie based on this book a few years ago I didn t recall much from the movie other than a kid drives a school bus The story s subject is dark and disturbing Abusive alcoholic father and weak Jesus loving mom, the perfect parents for Nathan The first 80% of the book is setting the stage for the mysterious final 20% I feel a bit shallow because I just didn t get it Just shy of 200 pages helps the story move along, but I still felt like I missed a [...]

  24. This is the first time in a long time that I ve had to actually stop a book before I ve finished, so I m not even sure why I m putting this review up here, but mostly to clear up some things that I feel are important I tried very hard to just keep charging through the book until it was done, but this book was just that bad I don t understand how this won an award at all First of all, everything about this novel is repetitive and boring After the first time they meet, Nathan and Roy basically bec [...]

  25. For me, along with Marilyne Robinson s Housekeeping, this book is the most beautifully written, heartfelt I have ever read My reaction was so similar to other reviewers who posted here, I don t know if I have anything new to add However, I feel so strongly about this book that I am compelled to contribute my opinion anyway I, too, read Dream Boy in one sitting and, upon finishing, felt bereft, devastated for days afterward The book s power derives not merely from the fairly simple, straightforwa [...]

  26. This was assigned as one of my Gay Book Club books It was interesting to read an older LGBT novel, but it lacked some pizazz that I think I m accustom to in current LGBT lit I enjoyed the main character, but the boy he was in love with seemed so moody and artificial that I got fed up with him right away and felt that the main character should just move on However, young love and new love is always hard to be rational with in, so I can understand his attachment.I found the abuse the main characte [...]

  27. Stars 2.5 5Overall While this is a beautifully written story with several positive points, the ending really sours the entire story for me.What I likedWriting The style is unique and moving, feeling abstract and distant in many cases, which works to illustrate how the main character has become closed off although the writing style doesn t change as he opens up.Abuse The main character s relationship with his father is handled well The fear is palpable without showing any actual abuse being commi [...]

  28. Two teenage boys fall in love in old rural conservative America well, old , not sure it s much different now from what I hear.The falling in love part is very well done the little looks, the shortness of breath, the redness of cheeks and neck and the first touches There are sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous and not very explicit anyway There is a rape scene though that made me want to throw up, so be warned The climax felt rushed to me but the beauty of the prose makes up for that little f [...]

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