Song on the Sand

Song on the Sand Tony Dalby Finds Himself On The Wrong End Of His S, Confined To A Nursing Home, With His Days As A Dancer A Thing Of The Past The Appearance Of Drew Into His Life Brings A Welcome Distraction, As Well As A Bit Of Mystery As To Why Drew Constantly Visits The Wheelchair Bound, Comatose Jesse As Secrets Are Revealed, Dalby Finds He May Have A Renewed Purpose For Living After All

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[Reading] ➺ Song on the Sand  Author Ruth Sims –
  • ebook
  • 19 pages
  • Song on the Sand
  • Ruth Sims
  • English
  • 26 April 2018

10 thoughts on “Song on the Sand

  1. says:

    This review can also be found at Brief Encounters ReviewsThis highly unusual short story from Ruth Sims is written from the point of view of Tony He s an actor who spent his entire acting life in bit parts and later TV commercials Now in his eighties he spends his days in a nursing home unable to get about due to weak legs He uses his time making life awkward for the nursing staff and being grumpy about being an old man Tony meets a young man, Drew, who comes to visit his friend Jesse at the nursing home As the two get to know each other Tony becomes attached to both Drew and Jesse, and in turn begins to see how life can be than sitting about waiting to die.As you can see from my quick summary above, this is not your conventional romance It does, however, contain a romantic subplot and a happy ending of sorts The story is than a romance though and in fact has a rather poignant and bittersweet theme of lost chances and making the most of life as it is Tony isn t the most sympathetic of characters at first He s rude and disagreeable to the staff he s mired in a bitterness about his old age and lost youth and he deliberately refuses to make changes to his life to improve his situation His meeting with Drew acts as a catalyst for change and one of the most pleasing aspects of this book was the development of Tony By the end of the story I liked him a great deal.This is a story which makes you think and leaves you pondering long after you ve finished the last page It s not often that a short story manages to effectively tackle such things as old age, tragedy, loss and ultimately hope but this one does in a way which was both sad and uplifting The quality of the writing is superb, as is the depth of characterisation in Tony.Overall, I highly recommend Song on the Sand to those looking for an unusual short with a romantic subplot.

  2. says:

    4.5 starsIt s no secret that I m a fan of Ruth Sims writing but when she creates such fabulous works like this short story, I can only wonder why everyone isn t a fan This short story is just a glimpse but it s powerful, moving, beautifully written and truly amazing Giving a voice to a generation and age range that are almost forgotten or ignored just highlights the impact and quality of this work These few pages are a must read for romance fans.Tony Dalby is in his late 80 s, living in a nursing home and desperately depressed He s angry and combative to the workers and hates his life He s confined to a wheelchair and has given up any hope of walking or giving his life meaning He mourns and remembers the time he was an actor, singer, and dancer before he made a mistake and lost it all due to his ego He befriends a handsome young man that comes to the nursing home to visit his comatose, damaged lover and the friendship gives Tony s life new meaning.The story is steeped in romance from Jesse and Drew s tragic love to the romance of Tony s past life so I knew it had to have some kind of happy ending Yet the final pages surprised me in the best way and leave the story on an uplifting note The subtle characterization doesn t fail to be honest in describing Tony s despair about his current life and the nursing home workers that are seen as cruel but really just tired, overworked, and out of patience themselves.One of the best things about the story is that gives a voice, life, and importance to an age group that is often forgotten Rarely will a romance story feature an embittered older man, alone in late 80s waiting to die Yet this is tempered with hope, honesty, and the complexity that shows each person is than the sum of their qualities Tony turns himself around to, giving his life meaning as he wants to help Jesse and Drew.I don t want to give too much away but this is the kind of story that is rarely told but done so beautifully here Sims is a great author that is able to infuse emotion into the clean prose and romance into a picture This story has the ability to really move readers and make them think, remember, and hope If nothing else that s worthy of the purchase price.

  3. says:

    Gerry B s Book Reviews someone who knows, I ve always said that a sure sign of getting old is when nearly every topic begins with, I used to Ruth Sims has captured this regrettable fact remarkably well in her poignant short story, Song on the Sand Untreed Reads, 2010 In fact Tony Dalby and I share quite a few I used tos I was a former dancer who now only walks with the aid of a walker I was also an actor and singer who once played Curly in Oklahoma like Jesse , so I could relate to Tony Dalby at a very personal level However, unlike Dalby I have never developed a resentment for the loss of these abilities That s what makes Song on the Sand so poignant, though Conflict and resolution, which Ms Sims weaves into the narrative with remarkable believability.Tony Dalby is a somewhat bitter old man, irascible as well, confined to a wheelchair in an impersonal nursing home He is in fact what we all fear about getting old finding ourselves helpless, alone and lonely Redemption is on the way, however, in the person of a handsome young stranger named Drew He is a frequent visitor to the nursing home because his cousin Jesse is a comatose inmate the victim of a hit and run Drew befriends Tony and it is then revealed that Jesse a former amateur actor and singer is really Drew s lover, but because same sex relationships are not recognized as kin, Drew has had to fabricate a kinship in order to gain access to him.The pathos of this situation begins to inspire Tony to help, and in fact gives him a reason to help himself He therefore suggests a form of musical therapy by playing music from Broadway musicals, and one of these is Song on the Sand from La Cage aux Folles, in which Jesse and he have previously played the same role.Will it work Will Jesse respond Those are questions that I will leave with you, but like me I think you will be as surprised with the answers.This is a superbly written story about a topic we rarely see in GBLT literature, i.e the elderly Nevertheless those usually hot young things do get old, and I am so very pleased to see aging dealt with with such insight and understanding Do read this story for several reasons First as I ve already mentioned because of the uniqueness of topic, and also for the masterful way inwhich Ms Sims has crafted it.A 24 carat nugget of a story, and highly recommended Five stars.

  4. says:

    This is a simply breathtaking short story Poignant throughout One end of life story that is only too common feelings of regret, uselessness, infirmity Then comes a focus on someone else and the change that brings Finally a bittersweet end Completely moved through the entire piece So much accomplished in just a few pages Beautiful.

  5. says:

    I first met this story as an excerpt posted on the author s blog, and was moved to write the following after only a few hundred words You have just officially broken my heart This is what I do professionally not primary care, but admin supply a couple levels up and out and what I ve felt lurking in everyone I talk to You ve given them the voice that I hear as a sussurus of time and experience, of knowledge forgotten as words Sometimes as disjointed conversations, sometimes as the cry of one whose body will no longer do his will Excuse me, I m going to go cry now.And I did Then I ran to read the rest I stand by those words, but know that the despair drawn so eloquently at the beginning changes to other emotions that moved me equally strongly, as the old man and the young man pooled their unachievable dreams and drew something amazing, beautiful, and uplifting from them.I cried again at the end, but for other reasons.

  6. says:

    Song on the Sand is an excellent book The writing is superb, as would be expected from Ms Sims Song on the Sand is written with a very light hand, which is amazing considering the book s subject The character are adorable and the dialog is very realistic

    I have become such a big fan of Ms Sims and I am continually amazed by her ability to tell the simplest stories, but to do so in a technicolor kind of way I give Song of the Sand five stars I highly recommend it.

  7. says:

    Brilliant, was the first word that came to mind after reading Song on the Sand by Ruth Sims, because I liked it very much and was left completely satisfied There was plenty of wry wit, believable conflict, both internal and external, and from the very first page I was drawn into caring for and sympathizing with the main character Song on the Sand is based in a contemporary time period with light touches hinting of the supernatural but I was pleased with the story s overall sense of balance I would have liked to know background about some of the secondary characters, yet that didn t take away from my complete enjoyment of Ruth Sims short story I found it s strong and moving plot well written with just the right touches of descriptive detail and emotional pay off.Reviewed by Red Haircrow

  8. says:

    This is a beautiful short story about Tony Dalby, an actor and singer who never quite made it big These days, he spends his time in a nursing home, taking out his frustrations on the mostly consdescending staff, many of whom seem to think that his age and disability make him a child Tony s life grows brighter, however, when he meets Drew, who visits his 29 year old partner Jesse, who has been left blind, deaf, and unable to walk after a car accident As Tony learns about Drew and Jesse, he rediscovers his own passion for life.This story ends on a bittersweet note there is no magical recovery for Jesse, nor is Tony able to correct the mistakes he made in his youth but like all the best bittersweet stories, it leaves one with hope.

  9. says:

    A short story and so very sad Tony is 86 in a nursing home and bitter Bitter about the life that has passed him by, the break in show business he managed to fudge, his plaid slippers Enter Drew, a young, handsome man visiting his cousin aged 29, brain damaged in a car accident Only the cousin is not a cousin, Jesse is Drew s lover, an actor like Tony.This is a simply written and poignant story The difference in age is irrelevant yet poignant Beautifully written, sad and yet peacefully joyous If I were religious There for the grace of God immediately springs to mind This is the second story I have read by Ruth Sims and although this is very short in comparison to The Phoenix this is also five stars.

  10. says:

    I don t have enough words to express the beauty of this story I found myself in the body of an eighty six year old man, so talented is this author, sharing his triumphs and shortcomings The love story touched on in this book brought bittersweet tears to my eyes Bravo, Ms Sims This one is a keeper.

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