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Off Magazine Street
     

Off Magazine Street

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by ronald Everett Capps
 

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Fallen from grace and shunned by respectable society, Bobby Long is joyously content drowning his past in cheap hooch and bedding any woman with low standards and high tolerance. His partner, an unproductive writer named Byron Burns, is happy to join him for the long ride down.

Their distant salvation is an unwritten manuscript sure to redeem their

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Fallen from grace and shunned by respectable society, Bobby Long is joyously content drowning his past in cheap hooch and bedding any woman with low standards and high tolerance. His partner, an unproductive writer named Byron Burns, is happy to join him for the long ride down.

Their distant salvation is an unwritten manuscript sure to redeem their standing and pride-though both know it's just a thin reason to get up and go to the bar. When their latest female companion dies in their fleabag hotel room, the duo find themselves putting up her young but futureless daughter, Hanna.

Despite their own dishonorable intentions and aging desires, the pair cannot abide her lack of ambition and low expectations for herself. Together, they dust off their teachers' instincts and conspire to use every means necessary-legal, illegal, fair, and unfair-to get Hanna into college. Fueled by the purest motives they can muster, the men battle the seduction of vice to give Hanna a chance, and discover for themselves that true character doesn't drown easily.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596921320
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.24(d)

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Off Magazine Street 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much like the movie, a good fast touching story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book having already watched the movie a billion times. I liked that the movie used a lot of the same dialogue that was in the book, but I don't like the ending at all. The plot was great, but it could have maybe been written a little better. I really wanted to see what was going to happen with Byron and Hanna.
overxdramatic More than 1 year ago
i decided to read this book after i fell in love with the movie "a love song for bobby long". over all it was a decent book but because i loved the movie so much i sort of felt cheated when i read the book. definitely think they did a better job with the movie than ronald everett capps did writing the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book lead the reader down the grimmy roads of the main characters. You become a cheerleader unknowingly as each page is turned. Draws you in like a moth to a flame . You feel yourself walking along the characters, touching the farmers of clothing, images of the house, to the disheavled kitchen. Routing for them to  become a family disregarding it being unorthodox. Feeling the deep loss of Lorraine, her  gusto of life , how distorted her view was. All the characters introduced the survival of a past once was. New Orleans was a beautiful backdrop  setting the perfect image of all the characters involved.
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