American history's most famous outlaw comes alive in Ron Hansen's imaginative recreation of the West. The charismatic Jesse James has a quick temper, ...Show synopsisAmerican history's most famous outlaw comes alive in Ron Hansen's imaginative recreation of the West. The charismatic Jesse James has a quick temper, an even faster draw, and holds sway over his ragged ganguntil the arrival of upstart Robert Ford. Torn between worship and jealousy, Ford makes a fateful decision that torments him for the rest of his lifeand becomes one of the most legendary events of the American frontier. "A terrific book".NEWSDAY.Hide synopsis
Description:Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with...Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Description:Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All...Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. 336 p.
Description:Near fine in good dustjacket with some light mending to text...Near fine in good dustjacket with some light mending to text with sticker price to lower corner of back cover. Text is clean and bright and feels unread. Short line to top edge. The author's first book with praise from John Irving.
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Description:Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped. ) Hardcover-first...Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped. ) Hardcover-first edition--His second novel, a re-telling of the classic myth of Western lore. Dust jacket praise from John Irving, who called this "Great storytelling, not undermined by our knowing how it turns out. The narrative momentum is fiercely accumulative. the best blend of fiction and history I've read in a long while." Basis for the film starring Brad Pitt. 304 pp.
Description:Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition...Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 320 p.
Description:Hansen, Ron. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD...Hansen, Ron. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. NY: Knopf, 1983 First edition. Fine; dust jacket has a short closed tear. Author's elusive second book, filmed in 2007 with Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck & Sam Shepard.
Initially I saw the movie released in 2007 with the same title which led me to this book. I enjoyed the movie and depiction of Jesse James outside of bank robberies and into more of an introspective look at his character. Fortunately, the movie closely followed the book which by all accounts was an interesting and very well written look at the final chapter of Jesse?s life. The author Ron Hansen accurately describes the scenery of this time period while also allowing the reader an understanding of the characters surrounding Jesse at this point in his life. Ultimately, you come to understand Jesse with his eccentricities and the complex character he really was.
Although a fictional account the author has relied heavily on newspapers of the period and several first person books to tell his story. It is a powerful piece of Americana that is rarely seen in print today. It shows the heros and anitheros with all their blemishes intact. Not the romantisized version of the West that readers have come to expect. This allows Mr. Hansen to relate this history with a fresh retelling. Although you may have heard the tale of Jesse James death I would bet that you have never hear it this way.
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