Dream Boy is a novel by Jim Grimsley. Contents. 1 Plot summary; 2 Film adaptation Nathan "dies" yet is still inside his body and aware of his bestthing.info book ends with Nathan leaving the abandoned house and finding Roy. Dream Boy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award. In his electrifying novel, adolesce. ALA Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual Book Award. DREAM BOY confirms the immense promise of Jim Grimsley's award-winning debut, WINTER BIRDS. In his electrifying.
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So I notice that a lot of people decide to search the internet for information about this book, and they eventually hit my blog. For starters, upon a second reading, the ending is a little clearer than I thought. Nathan does not actually survive, he just becomes a ghost. Still, the book is only good until they decide to go hiking.
It certainly would be a great book if it had a less insane ending. January 28, at 6: September 23, at 6: I totally agree.
I did not read the book, but have seen the film. I think the ending in the movie is even more lame, in that you get the visual. Additionally, there was no reason to kill him, there could have been a fight or rape as did happen, bring in all to the homophobia the author wanted to showcase.
The killing, and in the manner it was done, served to detract from the beauty of the film. September 24, at 4: I agree. The movie is beautiful. I think it is odd the author decided to have Nathan killed. Especially as someone who survived so much, it seems particularly odd to kill him. Having read a lot more LGBT fiction as well as having written my own full length novel I must say the trope of the friend of the straight acting love interest raping the more obviously gay character usually the narrator is overused.
However, the attack in this novel is somewhat believable, the murder aspect is not. January 7, at Hi, can you explain your change in opinion that Nathan is a ghost at the end of the book? So, he did survive a blow to the head. People do come back after dying, usually a few seconds later, not a whole day later. January 7, at 3: However, I changed my mind because Nathan would be really broken if he was actually alive. He seems relatively fine. I do remember him having dried blood on him though.
So, it was my assumption that one does not walk away from being brutalized in that way, so he must be a ghost. I just skimmed the ending again. It appears he dies. Then Roy finds him and covers him with a sheet.
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The next chapter he wakes up still in the old house instead of his own or the hospital which indicates he is a ghost. I think if Nathan really walked out of the house and to his own funeral there would be a different reaction. I do agree the touching is odd. Neither version of the ending is great. However, every action needs to have some form of logic. I wish the author had given us something to understand why Burke does what he does.
LGBT people particularly when this was written were certainly brutalized for no GOOD reason, but those who hurt them usually had some sort of internal-logic to why they did it.
Perhaps that was what the author was going for. Thank you so much for you response. Yeah when you describe the covering of his body with the sheet it seems like an easy conclusion. Roy and Nathan got away before the congregation could see Nathan. February 15, at 8: Just watched the film.
Did the author ever say if Nathan really survived or not? I want him to not have died so bad… On the other hand it was cleverly foreshadowed in my opinion that Burke would do what he did. February 16, at I revisited the novel in January of this year, to confirm that for myself. It seems clearer to me now that Nathan is dead.
He is some sort of ghost, as that is really the only explanation that makes sense. Roy appears to be the only one who seems him if memory serves. So, there is that. I just think the novel is frustrating. I just wanted a clearer one. August 2, at Can you send me link for some of the lgbt fictions that you recommend your readers to try and read please.. August 4, at 2: August 4, at You can send me the link or the list perhaps to this email address please: However, I see that your blog is worht reading and I will surely find time to read thru it.
Again, thanks for your time. September 5, at 6: Pokes Road. October 22, at 5: After being incredibly confused about the whole ending like everyone else it seems this has really cleared it up for me. I definitely think you are spot on with what you are saying, as when you go through the events in it, this idea fits really well! Roy steers the bus neatly on its tangled route. After their arrival at school, Nathan is the last to leave the bus.
Roy has already begun sweeping the long aisle. This new school has required the usual adjustment. Dad has made promises this time, she says. Nathan has gotten used to moving and hardly believes this time will be different. So here at school he is the new face again, sitting alertly in his desks in the various classrooms, answering the usual questions. We live next to Roy and his folks. He remains serene. Already there are faces that he recognizes in each of his classes.
Some of them have already heard from the teachers, who have heard from the guidance counselors, that Nathan skipped third grade in Rose Hill. That Nathan is very bright. The morning classes pass quickly, but then comes lunch, which is harder. He has been eating lunch at a table with kids he met in his sophomore Spanish class. But at lunch this day, when Nathan heads for the table with his tray, suddenly Roy appears across the dining room.
Nathan sits, quietly. Roy wanders with his own lunch tray toward the same table. He studies the rest of the cafeteria with a troubled scowl, as if it is very crowded.
Burke and Randy are following him in some confusion, since this is not their usual territory. Roy swings into a seat across from Nathan but at a slant from him. He glances at Nathan as if only seeing him at that moment. Hey, Nathan.
His presence surprises the kids from Spanish. Roy is a senior and he hangs out with older kids who smoke on the smoking patio, like Burke and Randy, who are now making jokes about Josephine Carson and the black mustache on her upper lip, visible across the room. When Roy laughs, the deep timbre of his voice makes Nathan shy. He goes on eating solemnly. Nathan fumbles with his fork. You like your new house? Roy asks. We used to live over there. That room you got was my bedroom.
Then Dad built us a new house. He stares with seriousness at the plastic, sectioned plate. With this remark, Roy has somehow included Nathan in the group with his other friends. Burke glances at Nathan as if wondering who he is, but he goes on sitting next to Nathan without comment, propped on thick elbows.
As Nathan listens, the boys talk about their weekend at the fishing camp at Catfish Lake where a lot of high-school kids go to park or to get drunk. Burke drank too much beer this past Saturday, and pulled off all his clothes and ran up and down the lake shore whooping and hollering. It gives me a headache. Nathan eats and stands.
Roy has cleaned his plate too, then pushes it away and stretches. There, Roy says he wants a smoke. He says this as if he has always included Nathan.
Behind, Randy and Burke are scrambling to follow. On the smoking patio, Randy, plump, round, and blond, addresses Nathan familiarly.
Burke remains hidden, as if he hardly realizes Nathan is present at all. Some of the girls on the patio seem to notice Roy in particular, but he pays no special attention to anyone. Roy is famous for having a girlfriend at another high school, an achievement of real sophistication for a boy his age. He lights a cigarette, propping one foot on the edge of the round brick planter, which overflows with cigarette butts.
His smoking a cigarette makes him seem harder, more aloof to Nathan, who stands beside him trying to look as if he belongs. Fresh wind scours the fields, stripping away layers of soil. Roy stands at the center of his friends; they are talking about deer-hunting season. Roy has a different type. They discuss the guns casually.
They talk about going camping in the Kennicutt Woods. None of the talk includes Nathan, who owns no gun, stalks no deer. But with an occasional glance, Roy holds Nathan in place, without explanation.
When Nathan walks away from the courtyard at the sound of the lunch bell, he carries a cloud of Roy. He is distracted during his afternoon classes. Because of his scores on standardized tests, he is taking math and English with kids in the junior class during the afternoons.
That day he has a hard time paying attention; he is thinking of Roy with the cigarette drawling from his lip. The math teacher asks if Nathan is sick at his stomach, he has such a pained expression on his face. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join.
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Nathan asks. Turning at once, Roy maneuvers the groaning, lumbering bus out of the yard. I have the whole upstairs. You like to get drunk, Nathan? Not much. Naw, I mean it. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Way Better than the movie.. But then again that seems to happen with every novel to film conversion..
Riveting, with a jaw-dropping ending. To use an anolagy, Grimsely borrowed my feelings, and when I wasn't looking hid them with a present. I was scared to death I'd lost them, but was ecstatic when I found them and the surprise!
Wow, I don't know what to make of this.
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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 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 single moment of Nathan's life when he wasn't obsessing about sex - and then I realized that Nathan is a fifteen-year-old boy, so the answer might well be NO. What makes the novel so powerful and it is powerful is the haunting sense of doom that hangs over every moment: The relationship between the two boys is poignant, confused, touchingly inarticulate, and haunted by the emotional and physical peril implicit in their bond.
The final denouement, which takes place in a haunted house, is both eerie and disturbingly concrete; my conscious mind was going "Wait, what happened there? This is a very short novel, almost a novella; but it's complex, lyrical, disturbing. Worth reading. This book is really good and beautifully written. It's very sad and heartbreaking but there is also hope. But the last chapters are too short and confusing. I had to read them a second time to fully understand the end. I enjoyed this story of two teenaged boys falling in love in rural North Carolina in the 60s.
The boys' feelings for each other were convincingly and tenderly rendered on the page, and the setting did much to illustrate how these characters are.
I did find the pacing a bit off, with the back third seeming to take the story places the front thirds didn't prepare me for.The younger boy caught between the grip of his first love for another boy and the oppressive grip of his abuser of a father.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a closeted teen myself, it was easy to relate to the difficulties of growing up in a small-ass town, having to hide who you were. Some books don't deserve ratings. Nathan can only feel safe when he is away from the house. Nothing I have heard can touch the beauty and eloquence of Dream Boy. After all he always saw Burke as a violent antagonist. The story itself packs a more powerful punch than Ang Lee was able to deliver in the film version, and I think it's because there were so many 'empty' scenes.