July 18, 2008
Rating: 3 cups
This tale is written in the first person by a nameless teenage hustler, between fourteen and seventeen years old. Waiting for men to pick him, he hangs out with other boys in Triangle Park
Boxer is the title the writer gives to a certain type of man who preys on the boys in the park. A Boxer lives a relatively straight life except for the secret he keeps locked up tight.
Comparing the movie, Brokeback Mountain, this tells the tale from a more disturbing point of view. Life is not easy for the boys in Triangle Park. They may be paid for sex, but there is a price to be paid.
This is a dark and scary story, not because it is a horror novel, but because it has a basis in reality. The abuse these boys suffer at the hand of Boxer is palpable. The descriptions Mr. Giovanni uses to tell this tale made my stomach tie itself in knots.
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