Boys of Life

Boys of Life

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by Paul Elliott Russell, Paul Russell
     
 

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Discover a compelling novel of innocence, betrayal, redemption and revenge in this re-publishing of Boys of Life. Tony is a young country boy with big dreams who's utterly bored with the tedium of Kentucky life. So it's no wonder he's seduced by the smooth-talking Carlos Reichart, who convinces the young man to run away with him to New York and become his

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Discover a compelling novel of innocence, betrayal, redemption and revenge in this re-publishing of Boys of Life. Tony is a young country boy with big dreams who's utterly bored with the tedium of Kentucky life. So it's no wonder he's seduced by the smooth-talking Carlos Reichart, who convinces the young man to run away with him to New York and become his live-in lover and the star of a series of homoerotic films. But when the films start becoming increasingly violent, and Carlos forces him to recruit runaway boys to also appear in the sadomasochistic films, Tony realizes he must escape Carlos' clutches before he winds up dead — or worse.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As this compelling novel opens, Tony Blair, ex-cult film star, is in prison for murder. How he got there is the puzzle that drives this powrful coming-of-age story, a tragedy about an emotionally battered gay youth with appeal that easily extend beyond a gay readership. At 16, callow Tony is plucked from a Kentucky trailer by arty filmmaker Carlos Reichart, who seduces him, brings him to New York as his live-in lover and casts him in a series of homoerotic, increasingly violent and sadomasochistic films. As Tony, now 26, recalls the past decade, we learn how he enlisted runaway boys for Carlos's sexually explicit movies, and how he broke free of Carlos's destructive grip by marrying a rock singer, Monica, and moving to Memphis. The electrifying climax which sends Tony to jail comes as a surprise. Russell ( The Salt Point ) has crafted a timely, involving tale that explores the outer limits of gay sexuality and the point at which art or artiness slides into exploitation. (Aug.)
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Russell ( The Salt Point ) has crafted a timely, involving tale that explores the outer limits of gay sexuality and the point at which art or artiness slides into exploitation." Publishers Weekly (1991)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452268371
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1992
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.73(d)

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Paul Russell is the accomplished author of various works of both fiction and non-fiction, including several award-winning novels, anthologies, poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. He attended Oberlin College and later studied at Cornell University, where he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. Russell has taught English at Vassar College and the University of Exeter, and is a Professor of English at Vassar College. He lives in upstate New York.

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Boys of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Russell is one of my favorite writers, but 'Boys of Life' captures not only the pangs of a small town boy's gradual entry into fabulously corrupt life, but film, the balance of desire and exploitation, the murky demi-monde of art film celebrity, and the horrible truths of immortality and youth, and how filmmakers try vainly to capture it. I've read it three times, bought three copies (two for gifts). I love how it fictionalizes elements of Warhol & Pasolini's careers, told by a friendly, likable narrator.