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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Boulevard
  • Jim Grimsley
  • English
  • 10 February 2018
  • 9781565124004

10 thoughts on “Boulevard

  1. says:

    BOULEVARD Mr G s New Orleans the hood novel For pages after pages his unconflicted main character was dragged through over cloned and boring vignettes of pre AIDS heaven New Orleans life style.The story line and it s writing was not impressive, basically I could not wait to finish this book and get it over with.Probably it was Mr Grimsley s own play ground back in his days He might had known these types of characters and related to them, but he should have just kept them to himself.


  2. says:

    I ve liked everything I ve read by Grimsley This might be my favorite Seeing the seamy side of New Orleans in the 1970s would be delightful enough, but add the fact that you re seeing it through the eyes of a teen from a small town in Alabama who s come to the Big Easy to start life on his own My heart goes out to the boy as I enjoy his life in a way he can t because he s living it.


  3. says:

    I am a Jim Grims fan to the core, but I ll agree with other fans who put this at the bottom of the list There s still plenty of good stuff going on Grimsley has a way with language, and there were several sentences I read over and over again to memorize, or jotted down in my notebook I loved the hint of SM really want to see the Grims try an all out BDSM novel It would punch 50 Shades in the face Or somewhere else But ultimately it was hard to connect with the main character, and I got a little tired of the porn shop scenes I know, me I would never dissuade anyone from reading it But if you re new to Grimsley, start with Dream Boy or Winter Birds or My Drowning And then treat yourself to Comfort Joy and Kirith Kirin And then someday read Boulevard and be like, Huh.


  4. says:

    I found this book really compelling I don t know that i would say that i enjoyed it, because i spent a lot of time feeling so sad for several of the characters, but the writing was evocative, beautiful and startling and grotesque and languid and i m very glad that i read it Caveat you best be down for some graphic sex and some BDSM stuff if you pick this one up If you can t handle reading the details of such scenes, you won t make it through this book.


  5. says:

    A confusing ed and unsatisfying book without much of a story or a purpose The indirect streams of consciousness we are presented with in a very dry and minimalist language can at time become tedious in their pointless minutiae and I often found myself hoping for something to actually happen usually in vain The little that does actually happen is unexplained and usually baffling.On page 266, one of the characters informs us they think the hero is possessed of a larger personality than usual but if that s the case Grimsley completely fails to reveal it to us The chosen structure of the narrative if that s what it is creates an unexpected sense of detachment and despite our being inside the heads of the characters we learn very little about their motives and end up not really caring for any of them I wish I had got to read the book outlined in the blurb at the back which sounds so much alive There are rewarding books to give your time to, out there.


  6. says:

    A clean faced kid from rural Alabama escapes to New Orleans and starts a descent into depravity Does he escape This is my least favorite book by Grimsley It is well written but so slow Newell is slow and boring So is his story It was like I feel when laying around at home with nothing to do or want to do Perhaps a point of the novel I could not even develop an image of him in my mind unusual for me The most interesting character one Miss Sophia seems to pop up out of nowhere to add commentary on Newell and his relationships Her story, developed, would have been interesting One gets the idea that children should wary of being alone in New Orleans perhaps another of the novels points I did not enjoy the novel 5 of 10


  7. says:

    Didn t finish


  8. says:

    This is a well executed, I would even say finely crafted, but small book The story is unarresting I d like to see these characters have had much interesting thins to do .


  9. says:

    This is the last book by Jim Grimsley I will read It was boring, boring, boring The plot was boring, the characters were boring, the sex was boring It was completely depressing and had not one bit of up beat action or even one interesting character The protagonist, a teenage boy named Newell, with whom I assume Grimsley wants his readers to empathize, was a hopelessly naive teenage kid from some backwater place in Alabama It took the first 137 pages before he realized he really, really was gay in spite of the fact he somehow ended up working in a gay restaurant as a busboy surrounded by other cute boys and then miraculously as a cashier in an adult bookstore This part of the story has been told so much better an incalculable number of times by so many other authors OK, so the author takes almost half the book to take his main character to the all too obvious self realization that he likes other guys so the second half has to be better with Newell fulfilling the joys of his newly admited sexual orientation in the thrilling gay subculture of New Orleans, right Nope Some really weird indecipherable italicized text from New Orleans historical past springs up out of nowhere in the second chapter, I guess as some attempt to show us that Grimsley is a history buff I can t think of any other reason and it has no connection whatsoever to the emotional development of the boy Newell It does add a mysterious creepiness somehow I suppose to evoke the rising threat of the city of New Orleans itself At this point it seemed that the city itself was going to go after Newell and do him harm Well, how quaint Do I detect a whiff of nasty authorial judgement coming in the next chapters The succeeding chapters darken the milieu even with the introduction of, Oh My God , the suggestions of prostitution going on behind closed doors and on other floors thankfully neither we nor Newell are allowed the moist thrill of witnessing it , and even illicit drug use mad marijuana and, shivers, stimulating cocaine, and even worsebut I can t bring myself to list out the horrible encyclopedia of drug names we are presented with Then Grimsley shows us actual sex between men IN BARS AND IN PUBLIC At this point I couldn t wait for the book to end, since the horrors and terrors of New Orleans were certainly going to bring the destruction of our boy hero Newell But just in the nick of time, the forces of justice and, presumably self righteous authors gay and straight, come to our hero s rescue and arrest the evil landlord, shut down the whorehouses, and by implication, all the gay bars too, and the nasty places where actual sex happens, and with us devout readers sincerely relieved thus rescue Newell from the evil forces of the big, bad city Phew I also want to point out the considerable tour guide value of the novel for anyone expecting to visit New Orleans The author takes us round and round and round and round the streets in the French quarter I was able to memorize the exact geography of those streets and avenues since he listed them so, so many times sometimes clockwise, sometimes anti clockwise, sometimes stepping into a bar, sometimes sitting by the river each and every time Newell went on a walk It was very helpful Unfortunately and this sadly reduces the geographic detail the author is able to present, and indeed limits its usefulness as a tour guide it was always raining, buckets and torrents and deluges of rain, sloppy mold inducing rain waitdid I miss an obvious baptismal reference and it was all so funereally dark that I couldn t really see anything Summary Grimsley adds nothing at all to the existing vast number of coming out stories, many of which are truly excellent and deeply moving, and instead presents a very simple tale very simply told and so completely predictable along with an unwelcome whiff blast downpour of religious judgement It you insist on reading something by Jim Grimsley, perhaps because you heard he truly is a good author, try Dream Boy, which is an excellent novel I rated it a full 5 stars , free of the moralizing of Boulevard and full of wonder and mystery It is one of my favorites.


  10. says:

    It s the thing about novels set in New Orleans the place can overwhelm the story and the characters And also, the writer has to carefully avoid not turning the place into a cliche.Unfortunately, Grimsley slips into both of the crevices And he s such a skillful writer.But Boulevard, even with its droning on and on about galleries and loggias or the Cabildo, is an interesting and fast read But part of me wanted to know about Newell This is a story about his coming into an identity I would like to have known of his thoughts, how he made this huge transformation He s such a central figure at the beginning of the novel, and then Grimsley seems to waste far many pages on the troubled Miss Sophia.And I guess the reader might br left wondering if Newell ever goes back to New Orleans to visit or to live I would say yes It s an amazing place where he grew up very fast and was nearly sucked into its sort of sinister undercurrent But he proved, he s in control.


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About the Author: Jim Grimsley

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 Stonewa