Un Largo Camino
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Un Largo Camino

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Dos mundos completamente distintos chocan y se enfrentan en la relación que mantienen Ford y Dan; ambos no sólo proceden de muy distintas clases sociales, sino que además su amor desafía el tabú del amor entre hombres, entre personas del mismo sexo. Un relato y una obra distintos, que pone el acento en la disconformidad con la sociedad y el rol que esta en ocasiones nos ot...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 2001 by Egales Editorial (first published 1993)
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Apr 17, 2012 Kernos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is in or knows someone in a Gay relationship.
Recommended to Kernos by: M/M Group
Shelves: gay-fiction
March 22 2010

I can certainly relate to this novel, as I suspect many males in long term spousal relationships can do. I too had to choose between my spouse (of 30 years) and my parents. This book ends with such a choice made by Ford, leaving the future to the experience of the reader. It took about 5 years before my parents came around to accept us completely and now give Chris their love, always ask about him. Sometimes, I even think they like him better than me :-) He has become like an adopte...more
This is another wonderful Jim Grimsley book. As usual the storyline is somewhat dark and you wonder if things are going to end up tragically or not.

In brief, it's the story of a physician, who is gradually coming to terms with "possibly" being gay, falling for a hospital administrator who is openly gay. They are both from vastly different backgrounds which complicates their relationship.

The physician is from an extremely wealthy and prestigious family in Savannah, Georgia, and his family absolut...more
Fiction. Full of flashbacks, red herrings, and the unsettling business of hemophilia, this novel jerked me around until I lost track of which Christmas it was and what occasion it marked for Dan and Ford's relationship. Complete with half-assed themes (Ford has a little boy inside him; Dan has two people inside him -- what? why? who?) and the gay equivalent of Cold Comfort Farm's famously vague "something nasty in the woodshed," this book left me feeling both cheated and disturbed. Something ba...more
Edina Rose
Sometimes too lyrical and I'm sure people will have something to say about the structure of the story, but overall I liked the author's style. This is one of the best love stories I've read in the MM genre. It's simply WONDERFUL. The love between the two guys, I mean. It's not embellished. It depicts love with its contradictions: I love you but sometimes I hate you too. I want you but sometimes I don't. I want to stay with you but sometimes I want to break up. And the absolute certitude that abo...more
Well, this book waited patiently on my ipad for quite some time now. I even tried reading it several times and wasn't able to get further than two or three pages. Now obviously we matched! My mood and the story this book told, we fit perfectly. I loved the whole thing, first to last page. Wonderful writing, although from time to time I had difficulties to understand what was told - the current storyline or a flashback. But that never took long and was only a minor niggle.
Mel Bossa
Dream boy, My Drowning, and Winter Birds, are three of my all time favorite novels.

This one is more of a romance, and I loved watching Dan and Ford's relationship blossom, but of course, the darkness of Dan's past (you will recognize him from Winter Birds) comes lurking around the corner, and this, the second part of the novel, is when Grimsley is at his best.

However, meshing the two colors together--light pink and violent purple--didn't quite come out right here.

To me, it was like mixing whisk...more
This is a queer romance, set around Christmas, so I thought it would be the perfect holiday read for me. Um. Not so much. The tone is just so dour—I’m not sure there’s a joke in the entire book. Neither Ford nor Dan particularly grabbed me. And Grimsley has this annoying tendency to write sentences. That stop. And devolve. Into fragments. Argh!

There are some nice atmospheric moments, but I never felt involved with the characters and was thus pretty bored.
This story tastes like real life -- sweet and sour. Both main characters Ford and Dan are far from perfect. It isn't easy for them to be together, quite the contrary. Life as a couple is often uncomfortable, frightening and confusing. But being separated is so much worse.

Comfort and Joy is a beautiful story with some dark undertones. I loved it all. It gave me exactly what the title promises: comfort and joy. And it'll make a wonderful re-read!
I loved this book. I read it religiously for a year, like old ladies read the bible before they go to bed.
Dan Krell is an introverted hospital bureaucrat with a painful childhood past. Ford Mckinny is an attractive, successful doctor raised in an old-money, Eastern family. The two meet and form a somewhat shaky relationship, and before it achieves stability, the holidays roll around and they decide to go home as a couple. But the depth of their commitment is sorely tested when Ford’s family cannot reconcile themselves to their son’s sexuality, and Dan’s long-kept family secrets are somewhat revealed...more
The holiday season is that time of year when favorites and least-favorites come to mind more often than any other time of year. I look forward to a visit from my favorite aunt, my favorite ornament surfaces for its annual display, and I’m likely to pay several visits to my favorite store. I’m also reminded of my least favorite gift (and somehow remember exactly when and from whom I received it), that least favorite New Year’s Eve I arrived at home on the verge of tears, and my least favorite Chr...more
Ulysses Dietz
What draws two people together? What makes them decide to be a couple? How do they overcome the barriers that divide them; the things they hate about each other in spite of their love?

"Comfort & Joy" is a beautiful book in the tradition of Eudora Welty--a very southern story that nonetheless resonates across any such regional distinction. It is about two men, but the pieces of their stories could be assigned to any two people's lives. Grimsley fills the book with seemingly inconsequential mi...more
This was one of those rare books that I so wanted the story to continue for another 100 pages or so. I was so drawn in to Ford & Dan's relationship that when I was getting down to the last 20 pages, I did not want their story to end. Seeing their love for each other grow throughout the novel, seeing Ford finally getting comfortable in his own skin and not be self-loathing about his being gay, seeing him finally facing his self-righteous, narrow-minded parents and essentially tell them to go...more
Elisa Rolle
Ford is the classical good boy of a wealthy southern family. Third generation doctor, he has always followed the steps his parents have setted for him. But when he is expected to marry a good girl from a wealthy southern family he begins to question some of that steps. Cause almost by accident, he discovers that he is more attracted from men than women.

Told be truth, till almost his late twenties years, he pleases himself with the adoration from other men. Ford is an handsome man, wealthy, a doc...more
Original Title: "Comfort and Joy"

Ford McKinney is a wealthy doctor from a family of wealthy doctors. Dan Crell's family is living in a trailer park, and Dan is working as a hospital administrative in the same hospital as Ford.
Both men are gay, but while Dan has long ago come to terms with his sexuality, Ford is still in denial about himself. And what is more, Dan is HIV positive, and a hemophiliac.

That a relationship between the two very unlikely partners should work, is hard to believe, and...more
Carlos Mock
Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley

It's 1999.

Ford McKinney is a third year Pediatric resident at Emory University. He comes from a Savannah patriarch family along with all the trust funds. The problem is that his well to do family wants him to get married and continue the family line but there is one problem: Ford is gay.

Dan Crell is a shy hospital administrator with a painful childhood past. He's a hemophiliac and he's HIV positive. He comes from a broken home and no social pedigree.

While on call C...more
A powerful story, but I didn’t particularly like reading it

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- The characters are complex, with peculiar hangups and realistic behaviors.
- There are numerous poignant little moments throughout the story. Here’s an example: “The boy who had always gone home to Savannah at Christmas must wonder who would take care of him now. But where to find the boy? Where to lay one’s hands? Within so large a frame.”
- Scenes...more
This is not a mystery but a wonderful little book of real people and real families. A successful pediatric surgeon and his lover discover each other and their ties to their very different, but very similar families. It's a marvelous afternoon read and I guarantee you that you will rediscover members of your own family in the character set. This is a wonderful treat of a story.
The dynamics between the two main characters is astoundingly realistic: they are both so real that their flaws are painful to the reader. They practically spring off the pages. Their relationship is truly astounding through Grimsley stark and clear prose.
3 3/4 stars

Now this is a romance well worth reading. It took a bit to get into the style of the author, but once I did, the story flowed wonderfully and I began to get into Ford and Dan as a couple.

I think a quote from the book will sum up my thoughts on this book

Yet, they slept peacefully, side by side, and the body of one became adjusted to the rhythm of the other, and the breathing of one slowed the breathing of the other, and they dream in tandem and shared fragments of each other's dreams,
I suppose after having read a couple of books that took me a full month to read, this is something different. It only took me this weekend to actually finish this novel.

So, what is this novel about? This novel talks about the challenges that a same-sex couple faced, dealing with each other, and also dealing with their families. One is a doctor, coming from a very upper-class family from the southern US, while the other is a hospital administrator, and his family doesn't have a lot of money. The...more
Jim Grimsley also wrote Dream Boy, which I completely love. This makes reading his other books a little tricky, since I can't help but have high expectations. Comfort and Joy had been kicking around my apartment for a few years because I was saving it for a holiday read... and every year I would either forget or be too busy. Until now.

It doesn't completely suck, but it does seem a little superficial. The stakes are very slight, and the biggest threat to Ford and Dan's extremely low-key romance i...more
SlashReaders: I've read a number of Jim Grimsely's books over the years and they fall into two categories for me. I either enjoy them or they just leave me feeling rather apathetic about them. I have yet to be able to really define the difference. 'Comfort & Joy', is not what I would describe as a happy book, it deals with a lot of issues and baggage. One of the things that I find intriguing and also frustrating about Grimsley's writing is his tendency to jump from one scene to another witho...more
Brian Bixler
when I turned the last page of "Comfort & Joy," I couldn't wait to explore more of Jim Grimsley's titles. I had fallen in love not only with the characters but the language. These were people I wish I knew, that I would welcome as friends. It has become one of my favorite books. This novel about a comforting, joyous and loving relationship between two men really moved me. I was intrigued by the book's mysteries, the allusions to tragedy whose secrets remained buried in the pages, leaving the...more
Liz Winters
I really loved the author's writing style. I can't even aspire to write as well as he does. His writing especially shone for me in his description of the relationship between Dan and Ford. Both of the characters really came to life and it was easy to feel everything they were feeling as they progressed through the story.

There was such artistry in the way the author painted the scenes between the men, from the awkward beginning of the relationship, through the inevitable bumps and problem resolut...more
This is the story of Danny Crell, a lonely young man from a harsh and difficult background, and the story of Ford McKinney, a rich and pedigreed young doctor who is also lonely and tired of being pigeon-holed into the life his family has created for him. They find each other and a romance develops. But can they each overcome their background and hangups to let this new love work? This story of men finding love and happiness, and searching together to make a foundation for a long-lasting relation...more
Katie M.
I'm inexplicably crazy about this book. It's a pretty made-for-tv-movie of a story about a gay couple going home for the holidays, but it's sweet and moving and on the whole entirely convincing. It had some of the aspects of Dream Boy A Novel that I liked (without the unfortunate is-this-a-hallucination-or-did-it-really-happen? ending), and vastly beat out the dark genericness that was Boulevard. Apparently it's the sequel to Winter Birds, which sounds like his classic and one that I probably ne...more
I enjoyed this book immensely and felt a resonance with both Dan and Ford though neither it's anything like me personally. That is one reason I enjoyed this book, I could empathise with the characters and recognise universal truths in their thoughts and feelings which the author presented so well. In addition, it was such a pleasure to read a novel with gay protagonists who are trying to live a 'normal' life together - no orgies or hustlers, drug addictions or mortifying stereotypes - and who ha...more
Talya Andor
Jim Grimsley's writing style is lyrical in a very natural, unforced way. This is a book with many unhappy themes, but it seems fitting for the holidays when some of us are headed for the kind of conflicts with our partner and families the way this one is. It's focused on interpersonal relationships, primarily that between the two main protagonists. An important contextual note is the fact that this book was written in the early 1990s, and takes place in the South. Having an open relationship the...more
Caleb Christian
The story was a bit spotty in places, but the overall plot was enjoyable. The flashbacks were welcome, but bungled in some areas. Nevertheless, the ending was sufficiently real and hopeful. Overall, a quick and satisfying read. Three stars.
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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...more
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“Why do men stay together? It is easy to understand why they fuck, but why do they stay together, what is the answer? 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?

Yet they slept peacefully, side by side, and the body of one became adjusted to the rhythm of the other, and the breathing of one slowed the breathing of the other, and they dreamed in tandem and shared fragments of each other's dreams, and they grew more like each other day by day, not in personality, but in the fissures of the brain, because, seeing the same things every day, day after day, they laid down crevices in themselves that were the same shape, that were the same events written into memory, and this was 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 certainty that one of them would leave first, and that only by waiting could they learn which of the two.”
“Words created the future, exacerbated problems, raised barriers between them. But in the silence of Ford's sleep, Ford could love Dan easily; in the stillness of Ford's rest, Dan could adore him without question or fear.” 2 likes
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