Hombre Although known for his mysteries El Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever USA Today A classic Leonard s writing style is as effortless and enjoyable as watching a good movie Portla

  • Title: Hombre
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780062206114
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Although known for his mysteries, El Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever USA Today A classic.Leonard s writing style is as effortless and enjoyable as watching a good movie Portland OregonianGrand Master El Leonard is justifiably acknowledged as the best writer of crime fiction alive Newsweek and, in fact, one of the very best ever, Although known for his mysteries, El Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever USA Today A classic.Leonard s writing style is as effortless and enjoyable as watching a good movie Portland OregonianGrand Master El Leonard is justifiably acknowledged as the best writer of crime fiction alive Newsweek and, in fact, one of the very best ever, alongside other all time greats like John D MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M Cain, and Robert Parker But he has also many acclaimed masterworks of American western fiction to his credit including Hombre, the basis for the classic Hollywood motion picture starring Paul Newman Set in Arizona mining country, Hombre is the tale of a white man raised by Indians, who must come to the aid of people who hate him when their stagecoach is attacked by outlaws As thrilling as his contemporary novels of crime, double cross, and murder in Detroit and Miami, Hombre is El Leonard at his riveting best no less than one would expect from the creator of U.S Marshal Raylan Givens Justified.

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    1. Elmore Leonard is synonymous with capers, cons and contemporary sharpies chasing bags of cash, but in the 1950s and '60s, in the days of pulp magazines, John Wayne at the picture show and Gunsmoke on the small screen, Leonard operated in the western genre. His beat was the Arizona Territory of the 1870s and his frontier pieces were more war stories or tales of survival than oaters. One of the more popular is Hombre, published in 1961. Novella length, this slim volume lacks the superlative humor [...]

    2. It's always a tricky thing reviewing an Elmore Leonard novel. His writing is usually so efficient and effortless that it doesn't seem like he's doing much but his stories sneak up on you anyway. I always struggle to go into detail about why I like the books, other than to say that I really enjoyed the story. He was able to buff and polish his style until the form became invisible and only story shined through. Donald Westlake was the same way in his work. Although there haven't been any Leonard [...]

    3. An excellent book made into a movie that followed it very closely starring Paul Newman. It just doesn't get any better than that. It's a western, very realistic & gritty.Leonard's characters are all flawed in such interesting ways. The hero is a halfbreed who resents the hell out of the world & makes life hard on himself because he won't communicate. It's not stupid, but understandable the way Leonard writes it. The logic of each character is remorseless. Like a train wreck, you can see [...]

    4. I haven't read anything by the author, nor viewed the movie adaption so can't compare the two however it's no secret that I enjoy a good "western".The story unfolds through the eyes of Carl Allen who is a passenger on a stagecoach that is waylaid by robbers. Among the passengers is John Russell a white man who spent his early years living amongst the Indians.This is a novel of prejudice and greed versus survival and moral integrity. Good versus evil. Loved the setting and the style. The delivery [...]

    5. Okey, dokey guys. This is the first western I've ever read and I loved it. However, it's by Elmore Leonard and there are not many books by EL that I haven't enjoyed. I will read again; it went right back on my "to read again" shelf because I wasn't feeling well and mind wandered. Can't believe that 1) I read a western; 2) I loved the main character; and 3) there was a story to tell, a well-crafted story. No surprises there, it was by the Master, Elmore Leonard.

    6. Hombre means man! Paul Newman is Hombre! - Movie taglineElmore Leonard wrote westerns?! The cool guy responsible for the great 90s movies Jackie Brown, Out of Sight and Get Shorty used to write in an old man's genre? Incredible. It was news to me when they remade 3:10 To Yuma and over the past several months I've dabbled with the genre a little, this being my eighth experience. I've heard it said that Leonard did this stuff better than anybody and Hombre is perhaps his finest work within the wes [...]

    7. Loved it. Certainly a classic Western as it's often touted, Hombre was published in 1961. It is Elmore Leonard's only first person point-of-view novel, according to his 1989 Introduction to The Armchair Detective Library edition I read. Believe it or not, my local public library still shelved it in their holdings. The Apache-raised white John Russell is a perplexing protagonist given his stoic, pragmatic outlook. I liked the narrator's voice, brisk pace, steady build up, and gut-felt climax. Did [...]

    8. Hombre is a unique book when taken in context with the other books that I’ve read by Leonard. His writing style felt like it was adjusted to match the dryness of the Arizona desert as well as the solitude of its main character, John Russell. Both, the character and his setting seemed to be intertwined through the pages, serving each other throughout the story. The story is thought provoking. Leonard gambles with the lives of all his characters and in doing so, repeatedly pits the value of one [...]

    9. 3.5 actual ratingThe early western works of Elmore Leonard read like one of the old spaghetti westerns on tv. It was an easy read and good overall but there was just not enough action taking place for me to give it a full 4 stars.

    10. Somehow I thought this was Elmore Leonard's first novel. In fact, it was his fifth. He began publishing Westerns in 1953 with The Bounty Hunters. But for me Hombre is a good place to start.Hombre was the name given to John Russell, a tough and fearless white man raised partly by Apaches. The story is set in Arizona mining country complete with stage coaches, outlaws, and a big pile of money over which the other main characters commit violence and crime.I hadn't known that Leonard started out wit [...]

    11. In the middle of reading Singer's The Manor, hanging Around 19th century Poles, I sort of stumbled into Hombre on my Nook at the doctor's office. A few pages and I was hooked. What wonderfully crafted language and characters, along with a plot that's impossible to put down. Always a big Paul Newman fan, I vaguely remember the movie, in which he played the title character. It was good, but I don't think it began to define the characters the way the book does. It's only about a hundred pages, and [...]

    12. This novel isnt the best i have read by Elmore Leonard when it comes to the storytelling but the prose,the writing was so fine,crisp and in his best form in my experience. The dialogue,the characters, the sense of place was a great read and much more interesting than how the novel begins and ends.

    13. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when I was staring down the shelf of Western paperbacks, trying to find one that could fill a class requirement while causing me a minimum of mental agony, you’d better believe I was trying. A muted color scheme with simple, commanding fonts versus a cacophony of color and an overly-stylized typeface? A “classic” with blurbs from high-browed literary institutions versus #248 in a series? And most importantly, a solitary horseback rider in [...]

    14. HOMBRE was a huge leap forward for Elmore Leonard, in my opinion. His first four novels were all solid, well-written Westerns, but with very little that made them stand out from the hundreds of other Westerns at the time. I'm a fan of those early ones for their remarkable compactness and directness of style, but HOMBRE is the first one that feels really different, not just in its themes but in the way Leonard approaches the characters.It's unique also in that it's the first (and only) one writte [...]

    15. From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama:John Russell has been raised as an Apache. Now he's on his way to live as a white man. But when the stagecoach passengers learn who he is, they want nothing to do with him. That is, until outlaws ride down on them and they must rely on Russell to lead them out of the desert.Not so bad but I still prefer his "roman noir" series.

    16. Classic novel about a white man raised by Apaches coming to try to live in the world of his people. He gets caught up in a stage robbery and the rest depend on him for survival, even though they previously didn't even want him in the coach with them.

    17. I knew what to expect of this for two reasons: One it's by Elmore Leonard who is one of the world's best known writers of thrillers and perhaps to a slightly lesser extent and earlier, of westerns. Many of his books have gone on to be films and he has a huge amount of experience in film and tv writing although he allegedly has a tendency to dislike the adaptations of his work. The second reason I knew what to expect is that, in this case, I've seen the film. In fact the book was for once to my m [...]

    18. I love the late Elmore Leonard's crime fiction, and even though this is one of his early westerns, a genre he dropped quickly, I had already seen the movie they made of this very early Elmore Leonard, with Paul Newman as the title halfbreed, and I wanted to see how much of the later craftsman would show up in this beginning book.Not much. First off, there is a somewhat naive character narrating, and Leonard does not do 'naive' convincingly. It comes off as 'stupid.' Secondly, that narrator gets [...]

    19. "You will never see another one like him as long as you live." - Henry Mendez3/4 white 1/4 Mexican, raised by Apache. Going the short less travelled way on a stagecoach there was a hold up and they were left with next to nothing. Money gone, girl gone the thrives left. Russell and everyone were left to fend for themselves on their way back through the desert. Only to have one of them turn on the rest on and threaten to leave with the supplies and all of their water. Stuck in a shack so close to [...]

    20. After the muddled The Bounty Hunters (1953), Elmore Leonard’s skill as a novelist took a quantum leap forward with this novel. Hombre is a tense western thriller that is also a fascinating study of an enigmatic character. That character is John Russell, the “hombre” of the title.The story is set, like other Leonard novels, in southern Arizona. The year is 1884. A stagecoach is held up by road agents, and all the passengers are set afoot in the desert. The robbery doesn’t go quite as plan [...]

    21. Leonard's sparse and moving prose -- you can see why he did screenplays with his ear for dialog and character studies.Also a brilliant examination at ethics: the American Frontier as the prefect embodiment of the Locke's State of Nature.

    22. Short, fantastic tale with a wonderful narrator. They don't want halfbreed Russell to share their stagecoach but, after they're held up and fighting to survive they quickly change their minds. A damn fine book that fizzes along without you ever noticing the strings.

    23. Great book. A thriller. A movie was made on this book starring Paul Neuman way back. A must read for western novel fans.

    24. Not well written, but a compelling Western nevertheless. I enjoyed the movie much more than the book, staring Paul Newman and Richard Boone.

    25. Read this following a Writers mag article on EL. Was interesting to consider his dialogue based style of writing. Good even though its a cowboy type tale.

    26. Talk about Western stories and you can count the minutes before someone drops this anvil into the conversation: “Western movies are all about how America sees itself”. A statement which, aside from its truth value, presents serious flaws. For once, it is too generic to be interesting. It has become accepted as a truth mainly because no one can be bothered to argue against it (another one of that kind is that “all writing is political”, a shelter sentence for people who do not understand [...]

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