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  • Title: The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780060724252
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one is evocative of the dusty, gutsy hey day of the American West than El Leonard And no story about a young writer struggling to launch his career ever matched its subject matter better than the tale behind Leonard s Western oeuvre.In 1950, fresh out of college having written two pointless stories, as he describes them Leonard decided he needed to picNo one is evocative of the dusty, gutsy hey day of the American West than El Leonard And no story about a young writer struggling to launch his career ever matched its subject matter better than the tale behind Leonard s Western oeuvre.In 1950, fresh out of college having written two pointless stories, as he describes them Leonard decided he needed to pick a market, a big one, which would give him a better chance to be published while he learned to write In choosing between crime and Westerns, the latter had an irresistible pull Leonard loved movies set in the West As he researched deeper into settings, Arizona in the 1880s captured his imagination the Spanish influence, the standoffs and shootouts between Apache Indians and the U.S cavalry His first dozen stories sold for 2 cents a word, for 100 each The rest is history.This first ever complete collection of Leonard s thirty Western tales will thrill lovers of the genre, his die hard fans, and everyone in between and makes a terrific study of the launch of a phenomenal career.From his very first story ever published The Trail of the Apache through five decades of classic Western tales, The Complete Western Stories of El Leonard demonstrates again and again the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that has made Leonard one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time.
    The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard No one is evocative of the dusty gutsy hey day of the American West than El Leonard And no story about a young writer struggling to launch his career ever matched its subject matter better than the t

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    1. clint eastwood tells us that the only authentically original american art forms are jazz, blues, and the western lemme up the ante and say that no other form reveals about america than the western and the great practitioners of the form ford, mann, hawks, boetticher, peckinpah, leone, eastwood tell us as much about america as any novelist, essayist, historian, or sociologist maybe this 531 pg tome is the fifth book of el leonard westerns i ve read over the past two weeks a period that s been s [...]

    2. In the 1950s, El Leonard was married with children and working as a copywriter on a Chevrolet account at Campbell Ewald Advertising in Detroit What he really wanted to do was support himself with his fiction Already a fan of western movies, Leonard discovered he could get paid while he learned his craft by trafficking short pieces in a genre that was enormously popular on newsstands, as he recounts in the foreword, from Saturday Evening Post and Collier s down through Argosy, Adventure, Blue Boo [...]

    3. This is an abridged version of the book having only 11 stories in it I don t think they re abridged, though Read by Tom Wopath, Henry Rollins David Strather William Atherton I wrote those names down as I heard them I have no idea if they re spelled correctly, but all of them were excellent readers For some reason, I never equated El Leonard with westerns I d forgotten who wrote Hombre It s been a lot of years since I read the book, though I ve probably watched the movie with Paul Newman in it a [...]

    4. In the 1950s there were two major figures in western noir one was filmmaker Anthony Mann and the other was writer El Leonard Leonard s writing was so dark that several western magazines turned down his stories for that very reason In this excellent collection of stories you get frontier femme fatales like The Colonel s Lady , tales of Injun justice in The Big Hunt and a young Mexican seeking revenge in The Boy Who Smiled The latter two stories mentioned are significant in that they address issue [...]

    5. In the introduction, El Leonard states that when he decided he wanted to be a writer, after college, he chose a genre he could learn to write while getting paid Since he liked westerns, that s what he chose to start.Of course it wasn t that easy.His first effort was rejected and he decided a little research might be handy His aim was for the higher paying magazines, Saturday Evening Post and Colliers There were also a half dozen pulp magazines still in existence There his early success was found [...]

    6. Three Ten to Yuma, still one of my favorites Twelve pages long and riddled with tension than you can stand The rest of the entrants vary from solid to gold, El Leonard doing what El does best.

    7. This is his short stories that he provided to a magazine to make a little bit of money.I read 3 10 to Yuma as I have enjoyed the movie The Books ending is not the same at all.

    8. I ll continue to update this as I read through the short stories.I liked the introduction of the book that talked with El Leonard about his experiences writing in the western genre, which is also his first foray into professional writing This is particularly interesting as you hear how he got started as a writer and how he had to manage having a full time job, a family and pursue his dreams Since Leonard s style has evolved quite a bit, it s interesting to hear about his aspirations as a young w [...]

    9. I loved this collection, inside and out.There are some really gorgeous tales in here, and some really amazingly brutal and entirely historical stories of the old old West El Leeonard s dialog is razor sharp and ONLY what needs to be there I love the progression through these as well, as he hits his stride and the 3 10 to Yuma is just absolutely perfect.There are stories in here to break your heart, to figure out what real courage really is, and with the lovely plot twists that are utterly and be [...]

    10. It took me way too long, but after this and Leonard s debut novel The Bounty Hunters , I think you can count me as an unabashed fan I remember reading this while waiting for my car to get fixed, with other people present in the waiting room, and I had to actively suppress saying out loud Dat s cool when something cool happened.Now, this almost visceral reaction happened about three pages into a story Let it be a testament to the efficiency of Leonard s writing that I had, in three pages or less, [...]

    11. So I ve decided to teach a short story class next semester theory of, not creative writing , and I ve decided to do some genre lit In addition to some noir, I thought it would be fun to do Westerns since I m not particularly well versed in them, I thought it would be a good opportunity to edumacte myself So I immediately reached for the El I ve been enjoying the stories, which aren t as formulaic as you might expect Of course, there s a lot of repetition, but it tends mainly to be in the descrip [...]

    12. I kept seeing El Leonard s name on movies or TV shows that I liked I had a vague notion that he wrote crime novels, so why would his name be on Justified or 3 10 to Yuma or Hombre Well, everyone starts somewhere, the western genre was where Leonard started waaaaaaay back in the 1950 s I enjoyed reading the progression of his writing style skill By the end of the collection, his focus was on the story than the description of the scene And I appreciate his research into his subject area My Arizon [...]

    13. The Complete Western Short Stories of El Leonard completes for the time being my compulsion with El Leonard s work, which was always there, but which turned into nearly an addiction following his death From modern Detroit and Miami to frontier Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico, the Leonard s career traversed time and space than perhaps any other American writer.My answer to my tendency to pick a favorite from this group is The Nagual I d give the award to Tonto Woman, but I already picked it from [...]

    14. Cormac Mccarthy this is not, being much closer in spirit to John Wayne type movies These stories were published in old western magazines so the audience likely wanted heroic adventures, not Blood Meridian style massacres The author is probably most famous for being the inspiration behind the television show Justified 30 short stories that read like an mlg highlight reel of Indians, outlaws, and prison escapees being unceremoniously blown out by ranchers and the like A good collection of well wri [...]

    15. I own the Kindle version of this book, and read these short stories on my iPhone.After reading a few of these stories, I saw El Leonard s growth as a short story writer Trail of the Apache, his first short story, was overlong and unsure about what point it intended to impress upon the reader But Trouble at Rindo s Ranch, Saint with a Six Gun and other stories he wrote later, were much powerful and gripping Three Ten to Yuma, for example, was a perfectly formed short story.

    16. This is a collection of El Leonard s early Western short stories, from long before he became known as a crime novelist It s safe to say that he had not yet found his voice when he wrote these the snappy dialog that became his trademark later is barely to be found here The stories are reasonably entertaining, but his crime novels from later in his career are far fun, and much satisfying.

    17. Meraviglioso testo che esprime appieno l essenza del Western Una prosa perfetta, asciutta come un arroyo del Deserto Dipinto Ognuno dei racconti un perfetto film western, da John Ford a Sam Peckinpah I personaggi sono tratteggiati a tinte forti Un capolavoro Imperdibile e necessario per tutti gli amanti del West.

    18. El John Leonard Jr 1925 2013 started his career as a professional writer by producing short Western stories for the pulp magazines According to the introduction, Mr Leonard s first attempt was not very good and was rejected, whereupon he decided that next time he would do his research first He focused on the Arizona Territory, because that part of the country had a strong draw for him, and he liked the Apaches best of the various tribes of Native Americans.This volume presents the bulk of the st [...]

    19. A lot of reviews I had seen online warned that the book was too repetitive, being a collection of all the Westerns that El Leonard wrote at the begging of his career before moving on to his critically acclaimed crime novels I agree with that to a certain extent a lot of the earlier stories are pretty similar in their character writing and plot However, I thought it was really enjoyable to see how El Leonard diversified his characters and plots within the Western genre as his writing went on I in [...]

    20. This was really fun to read El Leonard is one of the better pulp writers, his uncomplicated writing style is so easy and enjoyable to read.Again, it left me wondering how much of the way we imagine historical settings is affected by the society the writer was living in I specifically reference the difference in the way indigenous people were characterised pre WWII, where the natives were largely set dressing as the embodiment of animalistic danger, into the post WWII image of the noble savage, h [...]

    21. Leonard s Western stories are largely about negotiating a kind of peace i the Wild West between its many factions Even when his heroes are outlaws, they aren t looking to make trouble or cause harm they do what they do deliberately and professionally, and keep to themselves Rather, it s the rabble rousers, ignorant townsfolk, and racists of every stripe that serve as villains In this way, these are stories about peacemaking.Included in this volume is his 3 10 to Yuma , one of the finest Western [...]

    22. I don t have enough opinions on the collection for a complete review Overall I just felt the collection was too much a roller coaster of quality to say I had a positive time overall There were definitely some highlights but the book overall seemed to take forever to finish because I would run into one long lone that was not very interesting and slogged through it I would say only for dedicated Leonard and Western readers.

    23. I read Leonard s Western Stories because I wanted something out of my genre and been told he was a master craftsperson along the lines of Hemingway and Hammett Plus I m a big fan of Justified and read Fire in the Hole Good advice all around as Leonard is, indeed, a master whose sparcity of language is a learning experience in itself.

    24. Lots lots of very similar characters in very similar landscapes with similar story lines perhaps not surprising for complete compilation However generally found these stories very simplistic largely plot less.

    25. These are a great set of short westerns, El Leonard writes in an easy style, it glides along and takes you into the old west alongside the characters.

    26. I m fascinated with the Western genre, but my experience with it is limited and somewhat snobby True Grit, Cormac McCarthy s Border Trilogy, The Sisters Brothers, and Molly Gloss s tales of cowgirls solitary women settlers In other words, I haven t read Louis L Amour or Zane Grey and I m not sure I want to whatever, I want to I grabbed this book for the cover it looks like someone put a cowboy hat on a Dashiell Hammett pulp detective novel Perfect As expected, it was a fun read, with delicious d [...]

    27. The audiobook 6 CDs is only a selection of the complete stories And does anyone else find it disturbing for a living author to have a complete collection What do the publishers know about the author s health that we don t know The stories in this selection are Blood Money 1953 Only Good Ones 1961 Trail of the Apache 1951 Trouble at Rindo s Station 1953 The Boy Who Smiled 1953 The Tonto Woman 1982 Hurrah for Capt Early 1961 The Colonel s Lady 1952 Saint with a Six Gun 1954 You Never See Apaches 1 [...]

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