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Manhood: The Longest Moan [Paperback]

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Item description for Manhood: The Longest Moan by L. M. Ross...

Four men--Ty, a writer who longs for love; David, a dancer; Browny, a singer desperate for fame; and Face, an actor--arrive in New York City to make a name for themselves and, along the way, learn valuable lessons in trust, friendship, fame, and fortune. Original.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Urban Books
ISBN  193396703X  
ISBN13  9781933967035  

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Hymn to a young man's youth  Aug 30, 2008
For those of us who have lived their teenage and young adults lives in NYC in the late 70's, 80's and 90's, Mr. Ross has recaptured our passions, our dreams, our hopes, and our deceptions. I, personally, could not help shed a tear or two, in those pages where I saw myself through some of his characters,and friends, who at some point in time, had graced my life with their presence, and much of whom, like Mr.Ross' characters, have lost their life for a reason or another.

As we sit and think of how unique our life was, as well as those of our friends who are still around, and those who have left us earlier on, we realize that we were not at all alone, that our uniqueness was that of a small army of us, in this passionate quest to do life, for some of us to win our games, and for others to end their journey half way.

But Mr. Ross knew that, so well that chose to honor us, as well as the departed ones, and to honor the lives we have lived. He made it vivid for us, taking us back to locations we felt at some point had become a second home to us, bringing us back to the NYC that shaped us into mature adults, and going over the steps and stages that had become so familiar to us....

Props to you, Mr. L.M. Ross, and Thank you for giving me a live memory to hold on to for the remaining of my life, and most of all, thank you for letting me know that, although our paths had not crossed, you were, and knew of men and women like me, who were also part of the struggles that characterize a young black man's life in the city of New York in those days.

Like icing on the cake, You style of writing has given your story such a poetic tone, such an under tone of jazz and music in its background, that your book can be read to the sounds of these tunes in our heads that made our days and nights...

I got it, Mr. Ross, I got you, and more importantly, you got me, and a whole army of young men of our days!

Thanks for an hymn to our youth, and looking forward to more of your art and talents!
No Ma'am  Aug 25, 2008
This book was poorly written. The Authors setting doesn't fit the language being used throughout the book. So most of the time the reader is left confused.
The Longest Moan: Yeah, It's Long, All Right  May 8, 2008
L. M. Ross's Manhood: The Longest Moan is a good 150 pages too long. A character study of four archetypes from the 1980s, Ross can't decide whether he is writing a literate, literary masterpiece or a dime novel for the Gay set. He fills the novel with overblown descriptions and character development, fleshing out four men who are interesting and engaging as characters, I'll give Ross that. Then he lets them have sex that goes on forever in graphic detail, as if he thinks his core audience is not the literary crowd but rather those who just want material for self-gratification. Characters in literary novels do have sex--don't get me wrong here. But when the reader finds himself skimming the sex stuff so he can get on with the plot, he has to wonder what the author's motivation is.

Ross has a way with words. He has a love for similes, metaphors, and alliteration. That much is evident. And many of his figures of speech are lovely and right on point. It is my wish, however, that he had been more selective. There are simply too, too many for my tastes.

This novel needed a good editor. I found that even though I was put off by its verbosity, I did read onward to the last page because I wanted to know what would happen to Ross's characters and what his ultimate message would be. In fact, in reading the description of the novel's sequel, my first thought was "Gee, it would be fun to continue with those characters." So there was hope to be found. Ross has talent. And it is evident that he is passionate about his characters and their journeys.

A really good, caring editor could have helped him make choices, pare down, and shape the novel into something much better, maybe even great. But alas, apparently his publisher doesn't employ editors any more than it employs proof readers. Running rampant with misspelled words, misplaced commas, and words dropped from sentences entirely, the galleys of this book desperately needed proofing before it went to press. I found myself wanting to return it for a refund, claiming that the book was defective!

Writers pour their hearts and souls into their work. And then that work is allowed to be released to the public before it has been thoroughly edited and with so many printing errors that at times the reader is left to wonder what exactly the author meant.

Writers deserve better. Mr. Ross, you deserve better!
Almost  Jan 22, 2008
The framework for this novel is wonderful. On another, more mature, cogent author's keyboard, it could have been an amazing addition to this relatively new genre. However, the themes in this novel are too big for Ross' britches. I don't say that to be mean or disrespectful of the man's effort, an effort I definitely and truly applaud. The characters have vibrancy and are interesting; I came to care for them. The main problem was the plot lines were fuzzy and meandered within a timeline that went from past to present again and again, also there were a few characters that added nothing to the story. The editor needed to be a bit more forceful to get Ross to tighten up. I'm glad I bought it used or I'd have been upset that I spent more money on it. Ross has passion and good things to say, but he needs sophistication; multiple plotlines are difficult even for the seasoned veterans. Quite a bit of still-developing skill here, Ross. Keep at it.
BRAVO  Jan 7, 2008
Manhood: the Longest Moan by L.M. Ross is a captivating and exciting novel that will bring tears to your eyes. You will be taken back and amazed by the way the author writes and captures the true essence of each character. As you continue to read this book, you will start to develop a strong connection with each of the characters, as if you are a part of their lives.

Mr. Ross, thank you for writing such a brilliant and outstanding masterpiece, you have taken the lives of four young men and have written a literary work of art. Trust me when I say, this book will have you laughing and crying, so you better get your Kleenex ready.

Tyrone Hunter, Faison "Brownie" Brown, David Richmond and Pascal "Face" Depina all meet in high school and were forced to work in a singing group in order to pass their music class. Even though it proves to be a great success, the end of high school forces them to embark on their own separate journeys.

Tyrone is the aspiring writer who lands a job, working for a newspaper. David focuses on his career as a dancer; Browny continues his dream to become a great singer for the ladies; however he runs into trouble with drugs and the law. The only character out of the group who is truly embraced by his success is Face, who makes it big as an actor/model, from television to the movies in a flash.

All seems good until a shocking secret kept by one of the guys ultimately changes their relationships with each other and challenges their true friendships. The Lies, deceit, revelations, and an unexpected death will truly keep you glued to this book.
So I dare you take the journey and decide for yourself, come find out the different twists involving the guys' lives and who would turn out to be successful, but most of all, who grows into their "Manhood"


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