Before The Last Dance

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Before the Last Dance

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  • ISBN-13: 9780976771302
  • Publisher: Lighted Tree Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Kudos to James Randall Chumbley

    Another excellent book by Chumbley that you will not want to miss the chance to read. Chumbley has the ability to make the reader feel all the emotions that the characters in the book are feel as if you are actually witnessing the story firsthand. I am so glad I have run across books by the very talented writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    A Great Read

    The story takes me back about 20 years ago when the world was full of life. The characters have so much life, it makes the story all that more plausible. Chumbley makes you feel the pain and joy of each of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006


    In 'Before the Last Dance', James Randall Chumbley tells an oft told tale of iconically beautiful gay men and their obsession with sex, youth and the perfection of the male physique. The gallery of gay stereotypes that fill the book's more than 300 pages have all been visited before so there is nothing new here. But Mr. Chumbley's considerable literary gifts often lift the book above its tired genre and the emotional depths to which the author plunges are raw and unflinching. Particularly engrossing are some highly charged sexual scenes that transcend pornography. Graphic and sometimes violent in nature, the sex is crucial to the story and often reveals more about the characters than the exposition does. The author also artfully juxtaposes past and present throughout the book creating a literary device that acts as an effective framework for the story. Even with its shortcomings, the book succeeds in spite of itself strictly due to Chumbley's ability to use smoke and mirrors to distract the reader from the book's somewhat treacly narrative. It is clear that the author has considerable literary gifts. Now all he needs to do is create a vehicle worthy of his talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006


    Addiction fancys the dynamic relationships between brand-new and formed men. Besides the direct concentration of the story, the writer offers a sharp reminder of the certain truth...time. A truth unimaginable until the validity of its nature is exposed in it's own reflection. So often ignored, this tale divulges the desire of youth. Not just for muse and pleasure, but to take us back. The maker makes...the author creates, and what a creation. Chumbley's writing shows the characters inside out while bringing the scene to life. Truly remarkable. Raw, racey and unexpected...this is a model story with a sexy and untried edge!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Interesting Read

    I found Before the Last Dance gave me a glimpse into the heart and soul of the characters created by James Randal Chumbley. I felt very satisfied that I knew who they were. I found them to be fully developed including the flaws that all humans possess. The book also brought me back to a time in my youth that has long since passed. One I haven't thought about in a very long time. I attribute this reflection to the deft storytelling of Chumbley. The book in opinion is a character study that shows depth in the players in a culture that is driven by superficial matters of beauty, youth and wanton sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    An Amazing Work on Gay Life

    This book captivated me from the moment I picked it up. I could hardly put it down and kept reading. Mr. Chumbley has an amazing gift in his ability to absorb the reader into the plot of the book. You not only read the book you feel like your are experience life as the characters are developed and grow before your eyes. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to reflect on life and how we can at times be our worst critics. The book provides a powerful message encouraging us all to reach out to those we love to let them know we love them and that they are vital in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005


    This story of two men, and their friendship at various points in their life is fabulous. The book is full of beauty and emotions as we follow - a friendship over a period of time as lovers and friends. Mr Chumbley writes with such sincerity one becomes friends to the characters. Age and Beauty are issues in the book, but the friendship and the characters are inspiring. Sensitive, erotic, heartwarming and visual...he is an artist with words. Mr Chumbley speaks for so many of us, yet makes us realize what the imortant things in life truely, love and friendship. He is an author I look forward to following.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Great Read!

    This is the second book I have read by Mr. Chumbley. In fact I read this book twice. Again the emotions expressed were raw, real and reminiscent of my own. The novel's characters are well planned, and their nuances are believable yet never exaggerated. Like his biography, the details of the events portrayed make you feel as though you're not viewing the drama but walking alongside the characters in their journey. I hope Mr. Chumbley continues to write stories that further explore the idiosyncrasies of the gay world and the passions many of us try to sort through in our lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Great book

    This is the second book of James Randall Chumbley's that I have read. His attention to detail and keen sense of drawing the reader into the book is amazing. His descriptions are clear and accurate and has picturing the scene in your mind and in your soul. You understand and feel each of the character's emotions as the story tells the tale of an aging gay man constantly striving to find love, when he realizes he had his only true love twenty years ago. Typical for most gay men, they feel there is always something better out there instead of appreciating what they have. This book is a great read, especially for the generation of men that were coming out and experiencing an emerging gay lifestyle in the late 70s and early 80s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Amazing book!

    This book captures every emotion anyone could ever have in a relationship! Personally I have felt the emotions that Trey felt for Tom, and I was amazed at how real the characters and feelings were in this book. At the end of the book I could feel Trey's heart beating at the Abbey as the dj played Donna Summer's mix when he lets go of Tom for the last time... it sends chills through my body even now!! I recommend this book to any gay man of any age, and I guarantee you will fall in love with this book the way I have!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    Another 5 star book by Chumbley

    I had the pleasure of attending Chumbley's reading from his book along with 170 others on May 25, 2005 at Outwrite in Atlanta for a book siging to remember. Read the book and fill that he has touched on a subject that we all need to consider. He brings to life the times we share and provides insite as to how some respond. This would make a great movie for all to see; but, first you should enjoy the book for yourself.

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