Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Off Magazine Street / Book Review

When I saw A Love Song for Bobby Long, a couple of years ago, I totally felt in love with the movie. During years, I probably saw the movie four or five times. John Travolta's character is charming, no matter what, and you ended up loving him, and Lawson is such an amazing character too.
Of course I never paid attention about the movie been based in a book, until a few months ago. So being me, I had to read the book. Major mistake here.

"This first novel is short on plot but long on atmosphere. Attempting to meld Tim Sandlin's earthy humor with Barry Gifford's lovable grotesques, Capps gives us two former fair-haired boys, Bobby Long and Byron Burns, now middle-aged and given over completely to drink. After their obese companion dies, her daughter, Hanna, shows up looking for her inheritance. The two former English teachers, sensing Hanna's need for some direction, take her education in hand. In between quoting the poetry of W. H. Auden, steadily swigging cheap vodka, and making pointed sexual comments, the two drunken literature lovers manage to procure for Hanna a scholarship to Tulane. Although the lechery here is played for laughs, it sometimes comes off as creepy, and readers are told once too often that Bobby and Byron are not your garden-variety drunks. Capps is better at evoking a seedy New Orleans, with its fleabag hotels and ramshackle houses. The novel was used as the basis for a script for the movie A Love Song for Bobby Long, starring John Travolta, which could spur interest in the title. Joanne Wilkinson"

The description below is more than this book deserves. The "short on plot" is...ok, let me start for parts. 
While the movie is very touching, since Purslane is in a journey not only for know who her mother really is, knowing more about her origin, and in the process finding herself and a family, the book is nothing at all.
The writer focused in how Bobby Long and Byron used to had sex with a person who was mentally ill, then they shared another woman.
When Lorraine's daughter (here named Hannah) came to find if her mother left her something, the author only focused in her tits and her ass, and how the other characters would like to have a piece of pussy (yeah, those are phrases of the book itself).
While in the movie, the reason they had to live with the girl is because in Lorraine's will was stipulated that way, here, they made the girl stays because the want to fuck her! literally!
What's even more sick, middle ages? they were 50 and 45 years old, and the girl wasn't an eighteen year old girl like in the movie, she was sixteen. The whole book they do things for the girl, they spy on her, they said disgusting comments to her, they even call her their little pussy. They used to smell her underwear. Which really, seriously made me feel gross. In a time when you saw child pornography, and constantly saw in the news about it, read about how these disgusting old men want to get a 16 year old girl to bed, and touch her underwear, is just gross. 
At the end they helped her to go to college, still with the hope of get her to bed. Not touching moment like in the movie.
The only good thing about the book, is the friendship they made with the homeless people from the street, and take their time to know them and invited them to their home.
The worst part is how this witless girl decides to stay there, exposing herself to be rape for those drinkers. 
Do I recommend the book? NO!!!, and I mean totally NO!!!. I'd never felt so mad with a book, and I'm so grateful for the person who took this meaningless and kind of disgusting book and turned it in a pretty movie, more touching and less sick!. 

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