REFLECTIONS ON THE BOULEVARD
by Louis J. Ambrosio
GENRE: Coming of age
Michael's story continues from "A Reservoir Man" (2022) where we find him teaching at a university ready to retire. He unexpectedly meets a young man named Ron who becomes his protégé and journeys with him in a haphazard adventure throughout America and Europe. In Michael's final journey in life, each twist and turn of the road brings unexpected adventures. The journey taken is one of joy, friendship, and discovery.
They continued and arrived in Flagstaff, late at night. The motel looked just like the Bates Motel. Michael hurriedly got Ron into the room, which faced the Grand Canyon. Michael had reservations so they were able to get into the room quickly. Michael went outside, standing on the porch, feeling a significant pressure on his chest.
“The air is not meshing well with the smoke in my lungs,” Michael said to himself. When he got back to the room, Ron was already sleeping with Rhonda on his leg.
The next morning, Michael got up early and woke Ron telling him to wash his face. He then took Ron to the door of their room, opened it, and walked outside. Ron just gaped at the sight of the Grand Canyon. The colors and the sun bouncing off these jagged cliffs looked like cut out mountains from a magazine.
He turned to Michael, he said, “It looks like a painted drop! Not real. How was this created? What
events led to this? I understand all the bullshit you learn in Earth Science, but this is so much more.”
Michael noticed a little tear in Ron’s eye, shed for the beauty, for the nature that Michael had always talked to him about.
“Those guys in New England, those Transcendentalists, they knew the answer, this is God. This is it! I know we will leave but I will never forget this, and the emotions it moves in me.”
“Alright I have a surprise. We are off to the North Rim of the Canyon. We are taking an entire day tour of the North Rim on the Katibah trail, exploring the inner canyons. We will travel on mules.”
What I expect my readers to primarily enjoy the fun in our two characters taking their road trip towards the best natural parks in America.
We have a fascination with buddy movies or books and how the characters experience the unexpected. You have Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Abbot and Costillo, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road”, Hemingway's “Old Man and the Sea”, “Zorba the Greek”, James Joyce's “Portrait of an Artist.”.
These characters receive an answer in their journey. You will join Ron and Michael in discovering and celebrating their awareness during their journey ---in their experience with uncovering the beauty of nature and the collaboration of nature with death, joy, love, and their essence. The bond between the two men is a spiritual transitioning to unconditional love - not sexual. Something stronger… teaching each other, then discovering the light of knowledge.
There is no doubt how hard it is for me to write these few words in this essay. Just read it –and you will see some of yourself in the characters. Ron's innocence only adds to the journey. The novel gets dark, but that darkness becomes the reflection of the light.
The loss of love only makes us stronger for the next love and there will be a next! We all have the communion of the trees, the animals, plants, rocks, all of nature. Just read the book.
This novel is fun and a great experience in becoming aware of elements around you. It will bring you joy. The reader will hold onto the characters of Ron and Michael for a long time, and hopefully they will call them their friends.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at seven universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.
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