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Monday, January 9, 2023

the courage to live his truth ... A Reservoir Man by L.J. Ambrosio

“Be sure not to blink because you just might miss a pivotal moment in Michael’s rousing, larger-than-life story.”-- R.C. Gibson, Indiestoday(dot)com.
This book is a dream, a gamble, a utopia, even.” -- Kalyan Panja, Bookmarkks.


Published: May 2022

Everywhere Michael turns he sees a Reservoir Man.

Born with a birth defect leaving a scar on his lip, Michael’s endless trials of survival include sexual assault, The Vietnam War, an arrest in Spain, Hollywood scandal, the AIDS outbreak, 9/11 and beyond.

If only Michael could find the one thing he values most, his freedom. Michael’s coming-of-age is tarnished by many but the courage to live his truth may just keep Michael one step ahead...or will he succumb to the embraces of a Reservoir Man?

A Reservoir Man, critics have hailed this explosive and timely work as “a must-read coming-of-age story of 2022.”

Twists and turns further pull the reader in to Michael’s action-packed tale, with powerful themes, from betrayal and family to secrets and identity.

Literary Images in A Reservoir Man

The first literary allusion Michael uses is Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice.” Gustav von Aschenbach’s obsession with Tadzio is less a sexual obsession and more an obsession with the beauty of Tadzio. Tadzio’s beauty and Gustav von Aschenbach’s quest will lead to the discovery of his ultimate truth. That ultimate truth is the moment where Tadzio stands in the ocean and points out towards the sea, directing the dying von Aschenbach to his new beginning. In all of Michael’s conversations with strangers he is obsessed with his quest for truth and beauty, similar to to von Aschenbach.

There are two literary pieces that the novel is heavily influenced by, they are J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in The Rye” and Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road.” In “A Reservoir Man” Michael’s quest, can be compared to Holden Caulfield’s journey in “Catcher in the Rye.” Both have similar obstacles but different results. “A Reservoir Man” and “On The Road” both use alter egos for the Author to discuss their memoir journey. Michael as a stand in for L.J. Ambrosio is similar to Sal Paradise as an alter ego for Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac also uses Jazz as an image for truth, the same truth that Michael attempts to gain through literature in his journey. Near the end of the novel, Michael uses the writings of Greek philosophers, citing the famous theory of Heraclitus. In the theory of flux, Heraclitus states that a man never regains the same moment again, as the river passes so do the moments pass. Another way the book alludes to other novels is through its style of writing. The style of Michael’s written memoir is similar to San Genet’s “The Thief’s Journal.” In it’s rapid telling, a man recounts all the strange encounters in his life. Michael so often fell in love, but his true love were the masters of literature he carries with him, always.

About the author:
Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at 7 Universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.

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