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Posted September 1, 2012
Redemption despite themselves, or maybe because of themselves. Take a look!
Seeing the still from the movie, A Love Song for Bobby Long on the cover of this, attracted me. I really enjoyed the movie, but having read the book, I wonder now about the choice of image.
This is a story that fills all the reader's senses with life along the levee, in an old, failing neighborhood in New Orleans. The smells are there, the sounds, the jokes and stories, but most of all, the people. Once you're a couple of chapters in, you know these men, even if you might have pretended not to.
Author Capps has created one of the tastiest gumbos I've had the pleasure to sample, made from fresh, honest local ingredients, all sauteed up over a smoky fire. As hard to believe as the story is at the beginning, I finally understood that the writer took few real liberties here. Mostly he served it as it is.
We all butt heads from time to time. Most of us get a few chances in our lives, to grapple with life when it presents a previously unacknowledged side to us. Sometimes it scares us. Reading Off Magazine Street will provide a good dose of the skill to navigate that eventuality, safely and cleanly. I can recommend this book without reservation to anyone who has been around the block and knows a thing or two... and doesn't mind the learning that's in it.
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