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  • Taschenbuch: 291 Seiten
  • Verlag: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; Auflage: Reprint (16. Oktober 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1565123964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565123960
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,5 x 2,2 x 18,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (31 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 461.386 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Question: What could be more terrifying than bringing your significant other home for Christmas? Answer: Bringing home your significant other of the same sex. From the start, it's clear that Jim Grimsley's vision of the holidays holds as much darkness as it does light. Ford McKinney first lays eyes on Dan Crell when he's singing carols at the hospital where they both work, the mournful minor-key tones of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" seeming to broadcast "the sadness of Christmas" in contrast to the lights and decorations around them. Their attraction is immediate, but the couple must face down several obstacles. For one thing, Dan is a hemophiliac who's HIV-positive. And Ford, a rich doctor from a prominent Savannah family, doesn't even think of himself as gay. That the two manage to meet, date, and fall in love is something of a miracle in itself--perhaps the only one that can sustain them through the season of miracles.

Comfort and Joy alternates scenes of Ford and Dan's courtship with their trip to North Carolina to meet Dan's family. Like any couple anywhere, they argue about money and their families; unlike some couples, they also argue about Dan's health and Ford's reluctance to kiss. In chronicling their history, however, Grimsley gets at something fundamental: the strange mixture of love and hate and anxiety at the bottom of every relationship, gay or straight. "You're really not as bright as I am and that's a problem," they both think, being "honest" with themselves, then wonder: "Why do men stay together?" The easy answer, of course, is that they love each other. The more complicated one is that, in living together, they've begun to dream the same dreams, breathe in rhythm, lay down "crevices" inside themselves in the shapes of each other. This, Dan thinks, is enough: "enough, without words, to keep them silent about the fact of their hates and their fears, their deep concerns about each other, and the certainty that one of them would die first and neither of them knew which one it would be."

The novel's prose is workmanlike at its best, but Grimsley's understanding of the human heart is deep and rich. His book refuses easy answers and stereotypes; for example, the mysterious trauma in Dan's childhood stays in the background, where it belongs. A lesser writer would have chosen to make its revelation the book's climax--the epiphany that explains Dan's character--but Grimsley knows that childhood pain is only one of many things that make us who we are. Such is the difference between fiction that seeks to tell us who we are and fiction that knows what a mystery we are at our core. Comfort and Joy is not just a book for gay readers: it's a book for everyone who's ever been in love, who's ever had a family, who's ever wanted to find some kind of refuge from the world. --Chloe Byrne -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Ford McKinney, a gay doctor, dreads going home for the holidays, where his wealthy parents have picked out a prospective wife and he must face the difficult task of telling them he has fallen in love with Dan Crell, a hospital administrator from a poor background. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Jeffrey Zacko-Smith am 23. Oktober 1999
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This book has an appropriate title for it serves to comfort the reader as well as bring them joy! I am only 3/4 of the way though, and all I can say is that this book is a very well written, gentle, flowing story about men, love, family, and overcoming obstacles from the past as well as the present. Jim Grimsley's book is a refreshing change of pace in the world of gay fiction...in that it focuses on the "REAL" side of people and relationships, and provides a glimpse into the lives of two men who love one another without selling itself by being overly sexual or sleazy. Everything has it's place, including sex and sleaze, but Mr. Grimsley's book will take a place in your heart and mind unlike so many others. An excellent read. Devour it!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Samuel Dixon am 29. Juni 2000
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Emotional ties bound up in family Christmas traditions complicate but ultimately help strengthen the bond between two gay men, who are sympathetically portrayed, but sadly conceived along stereotypical cardboard-cut-out-gay-character lines. Why must the good-looking tall doctor be rich? Why must the suffering but sensitive hospital administrator (a hemophiliac no less) be HIV+? Why must a moment of unprotected sex be glorified as the impatient imperative of true love? Why must the form of the novel confuse several Christmas periods that shape the relationship? Better gay fiction than most, with honest observations about flash points in a budding romance, but ultimately a bit soggy with its own sentimentality.
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Readers of Jim Grimsley's earlier novels--"Winter Birds," "Dream Boy," and "My Drowning"--might be surprised by the title of his new novel, "Comfort & Joy," for there is little of either in his other writings. But this one has both as Dan Crell and Ford McKinney put their fragile, unlikely relationship to the test of coming out to their families--because they refuse to spend another Christmas apart.
Grimsley's style is unadorned and understated. His familiar gothicism is replaced by a modern South with conflict set amidst affluence--the conflict of two men's vastly different backgrounds and their families' vastly differing expectations of them. Their pasts constantly threaten to swallow up their chances. Dan is an HIV+ administrator in the Atlanta hospital where Ford McKinney is completing his residency. (Readers of Winter Birds remember Danny, the hemophiliac child who narrates the drunken binges of a father who terrorizes his family with violence just short of murder.) Ford is the privileged, only son of old Savannah gentility: his parents have his life planned. Like grandfather and father, he'll be a physician and marry into Country Club society. They even pick the girl. When Ford insists he'll make his own choices and may not be the "marrying type," they still don't get it.
Dan's mother isn't exactly comfortable with her son's homosexuality, but her life on the brink of disaster has taught her that what counts is the love between herself and her children. That Danny is gay could never diminish her love for him, and when he brings Ford to her trailer in the back woods of North Carolina, she welcomes them.
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"Why do they live in the same house, share meals together, argue about money and parents, why do they have pets, plant begonias, bring home birthday cakes? Where are the children, where is the sense of permanence, what is the tie that binds? (p.207)" It is in pursuit of questions like these that this that we are lead as Dan and Ford explore how intimate gay relationships are initiated, negotiated, and finally, consummated - in the fullest meaning of that term. How is it that two unlikely beings can come to the point of finding that living can only be complete when it involves both of them; together? It is also a wonderful examination of the fears and anxiety as well as the 'comfort and joy' of both discovering, and ultimately being true to ones self.
This is one of the most satisfying novels I have read in years. There is enough plot interest to keep the reader engaged, but the real treasure in this read is in watching the author weave together the delicate fabric of a committed relationship between two men - in a society where this is still not accepted as the norm. We are permitted to feel the pain which is experienced by these two men as they seek to develop a strong and meaningful relationship, but we are also given full measure of the comfort and joy that can come from the effort.
Because the novel is as real as it is exciting, it allows the reader to reflect on their own experience with forming and keeping intimate relationships in a way that is as helpful as it is full of power and passion. A great novel not only for gay readers but for anyone who wants to better understand what's involved for gay people seeking to form lasting relationships.
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Question: What do you do when you can't wait to take your gay lover home to meet your parents' and why would you even want to? This is a remarkably bitter sweet novel about a part of gay life which receives very little attention. Grimsley has crafted a finely tuned and socially astute piece which centers on the relationship between the "upper class" Ford and the HIV medical worker Dan. Of course they both steal each others hearts' and face a life together full of seemingly insumountable obsticles. The novel raises many important issues: gay commitment, safer sex, sero-discordent relationships and the tempestuous relationships that gays can have with their blood relatives. The decision to come out to them is always difficult and fraut with impossiblities. Using wonderfully three dimensional and well rounded characters Grimsley handles these issues with taste and tenderness and shows that there are no easy solutions: Fords father cannot get beyond years of insitutionalised homophobia. Confronted with a family like this you feel like telling them both to relax and not to worry. Anyway they DO transcend their situation which is perhaps the most positive message of the novel. They both have what is most important which is their love and commitment for each other.This is a wonderful slice of reality and the ending is far from predictable. Don't let the simplistic, austere style put you off. This is a fine piece of work which sensitively handles many of the issues confronting gay men today. Comfort and Joy begs a sequel as I'd love to revisit Dan and Ford in a couple of years.
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