Item description for Off Magazine Street by ronald Everett Capps...
Overview The lives of Bobby Long, shunned by respectable society and content drowning his life in cheap alcohol and tolerant woman, and his partner, unproductive writer Byron Burns, take a bizarre turn when their latest female companion dies in their hotel room and they find themselves putting up her young but futureless daughter, Hanna. A first novel.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
ISBN 1931561745 ISBN13 9781931561747
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More About ronald Everett Capps
Ronald Everett Capps is a graduate of Auburn University and lives in Fairhope, Alabama, where, in addition to writing, he paints and sculpts. Off Magazine Street is his first novel. Praise Blurbs from William Gay, Tom Franklin and Brad Watson
Ronald Everett Capps currently resides in Fairhope, in the state of Alabama.
Reviews - What do customers think about Off Magazine Street?
Realistic Jun 18, 2008
I never have read such a grittily realistic novel as "Off Magazine Street". Prompted by the movie "A Love Song for Bobby Long", which I loved, I ordered this book from this site. I got it the day before yesterday and finished it this morning. While there were differences between the movie and the book, each was thoroughly engrossing and moving in it's own right. I have met people like Bobby, Byron and Hannah (Purslane in the movie). They exist, and can both irritate and/or endear you just as Bobby and Byron do. I must say that I thought the author overused the "p" word - I was uncomfortable when the men repeatedly referred to their young protege with such a degrading term. They were her guardians, after all. But this is a minor quibble. They were real people, living on the fringes of society and it ain't always pretty there. I could hardly put the book down. I appreciated the simplistic writing style; I believed the conversations; I loved the book.
It's a good book I had already seen the movie and loved it. Apr 12, 2008
I'm still reading the book and enjoying it. I have a place in my heart for New Orleans.
Capps' novel is rare treat Jul 31, 2007
The basis for the film "A Love Song for Bobby Long," this novel by Ronald Everett Capps is a languid, halting look at the depths to which a man's soul can plummet from such great heights. While by no means a hero, but not quite a scoundrel deserving of such heartbreak, Capps' view of Bobby Long is a rich tapestry of wordplay, images -- surreal, carnal and otherwise -- that evoke episodes of longing, lamentation and, ultimately, just desserts. By no means a plodding read, but not a fast one, either, this is a work to be savored and enjoyed. If you've a front porch and a comfy chair, by all means, use them. If not, just be sure to take your time with this piece of contemporary southern literature.
A must-read for those who loved the movie AND a great book in its own right! Nov 30, 2006
I bought this book because I really loved the movie "Love Song For Bobby Long." I, too, was an English major and I totally identify with Bobby and Byron, both in their high-falutin dreams and in their failure to move forward in their fields (writing, teaching, etc.). And I have a deep love for and knowledge of the city of New Orleans, which I felt the movie did a fair job of depicting. So, for me, the book had large shoes to fill.
The first part of the book disappointed me because [SPOILERS TO FOLLOW:::] it differed SO MUCH from the movie. Lorraine in the book is the polar opposite of the person described in the movie; not only did she not own a house or leave anything to her daughter in her will (including a dress that her daughter could wear), but she was far more pathetic than the the boys she left behind: Bobby and Byron.
But once the book introduced Lorraine's daughter into Byron and Bobby's lives, it started to loosely resemble the movie and, as I'd originally hoped, provided more insight into and a different perspective on the main characters. That's when I fell in love with the book, and I swear, from that point on, I literally could not put it down until I'd reached the end, and even then I didn't want it to stop.
I guess that's how I know I've read something really special -- the end of the book feels to me like the loss of a dear friend, and I mourn for it.
I can honestly say that I love this book every bit as as much as I love the movie based on the book, and I can't recommend one over the other. I DEFINITELY recommend that everyone read Capps' book AND rent the DVD. This story is a Love Song for Everyone, not just Bobby Long.
Great Book - If you read with open eyes Jul 29, 2005
I struggled with this book at first, but time spent with the characters ends up being well spent. Yes, it is an unusual book. Yes, it blurs the boundries on what is considered "decent". Just one thing to remember... the author puts a few clues in front of us at the beginning...the Tao is what it's all about. If you have any interest in taoist "philosophy" then you will easily understand. No the book is not like the movie "A Love Song For Bobby Long". In its own way its far more moving.