Josey Wales: Two Westerns

Josey Wales Two Westerns Josey Wales was the most wanted man in Texas His wife and child had been lost to pre civil War destruction and like Jesse James and other young farmers he joined the guerrilla soldiers of Missouri m

  • Title: Josey Wales: Two Westerns
  • Author: Forrest Carter
  • ISBN: 9780826311689
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • Josey Wales was the most wanted man in Texas His wife and child had been lost to pre civil War destruction and, like Jesse James and other young farmers, he joined the guerrilla soldiers of Missouri men with no cause but survival and no purpose but revenge Josey Wales and his Cherokee friend, Lone Watie, set out for the West through the dangerous Camanchero territory HiJosey Wales was the most wanted man in Texas His wife and child had been lost to pre civil War destruction and, like Jesse James and other young farmers, he joined the guerrilla soldiers of Missouri men with no cause but survival and no purpose but revenge Josey Wales and his Cherokee friend, Lone Watie, set out for the West through the dangerous Camanchero territory Hiding by day, traveling by night, they are joined by an Indian woman named Little Moonlight, and rescue an old woman and her granddaughter from their besieged wagon The five of them travel toward Texas and win through brash and honest violence, a chance for a new way of life.

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    1. Floating this one with a new shelf to see how the kinder, gentler policy will handle a review that brings up the author's documented history of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and a liar.******After seeing the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit and rereading the book, I had an urge to check out another western. Preferably one with a movie adaptation made that I could watch after reading. The Outlaw Josey Wales came to mind. I loved the movie but haven’t seen it in years. Plus, I’d rea [...]

    2. " You gonna pull them-there pistols or you gonna whistle dixie? ?? " (((SPIT))) Better than the most Awesome western movie . .but that is not a big surprise, I reckin'. Books most often is.Can't put er down. It's "That" damn good. Over the past two days I've constantly found myself lookin' for a 5 or 10 minute hit from this awesome Two-fer-One Novel. Forrest Carter is a masterful writer. There are NO slow spots that I have detected yet. The fantastic action is only matched by his poetic descript [...]

    3. I have very little experience with Western literature (I'm talking cowboys, not hemisphere), but I've been on a bit of a kick lately and decided to take a plunge. My first, Hombre, was a really good little novel, but it didn't prepare me for this. With these two stories -- collected here in an omnibus -- Forrest Carter crafts a towering legend of a simple farmer forced by fate, cruelty and the will to survive, to become the most ruthless gunfighter in the West. SpoilersJosey Wales wants no part [...]

    4. Forrest Carter’s The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales (1973) and re-titled as Gone to Texas (1976). No doubt many readers have seen Clint Eastwood play the taciturn tobacco-chewing and-spitting Josey Wales in the 1976 film adaptation of the story, The Outlaw Josey Wales, before he decided to talk to an empty chair in front of…the Republican Party. Eastwood’s Gestalt- therapy technique of ‘empty chair’ was taken for a bizarre comedy routine whereas Jung suggested that talking to an empty chair [...]

    5. Unlike some, I refuse to allow the authors personal life to influence my review. It's an adventure story and I enjoyed it. Period. If you've seen the film, you'll recognize that much of it was taken from the story but of course, there's more background information on Josey.

    6. Una joya. Imprescindible para los aficionados a la literatura "del Oeste" y, por supuesto, para quienes disfrutaron en su día con "El fuera de la ley" de Clint Eastwood.

    7. This volume is a collection of two novellas: "Gone to Texas" and "The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales."The first novella is the basis for the famous movie starring Clint Eastwood. For those familiar with the film, it is faithful to the spirit and plot arc of the book, though the characters of Fletcher and Captain Terrill were added to the movie to give audiences a tangible villain to identify against.The writing is rough and fast-paced, the characters serving more as archetypes than actual person [...]

    8. The Western is my favorite genre. I've read 30+ in the last few years. These two by Forrest Carter are among my favorites. I like all of Carter's stuff. Watch For Me On the Mountain about Geronimo and The Education of Little Tree are great reads. Josey Wales is Carter's heroic character based on several missouri mountain men who fought in the bloody missouri-kansas conflict. carter portrays the alternative version of the missouri "guerillas" that were demonized by victorious historians just afte [...]

    9. One of my favorite Western movies is the The Outlaw Josey Wales; everything was so nicely done by Mr. Eastwood and the meticulous details are outstanding. Years ago I learned that the movie was based on a book (Gone To Texas) I'd marked it as one I needed to read at some point. That time has come and instead of just getting Gone To Texas, the version I picked up also had The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales, giving me a little more to read and think about on Josey Wales. Since my interest was driv [...]

    10. Fast moving and laconic, Forrest Carter has a definite hero in Josey Wales. I bought the book in my eternal search to find an original book on which an interesting movie was based, and in this case, I have to say I like the book much better (but it's hard to get the image of Clint Eastwood out of my head).I'm not sure how Josey learned his infallible shooting skills - perhaps in the womb. From the moment we meet him he can hit a moving target under the most adverse conditions with little to no s [...]

    11. This book has two stories in it, but I only read "Gone To Texas;" it was the basis for the Clint Eastwood movie "Outlaw Josey Wales." I have to admit I am not a fan of fiction (yet oddly enough, the last couple of books I've read are fiction. Go figure) and I really do not enjoy westerns, per se. I read one L'amour book and found it kind of boring; if you like Bonanza then I'm sure you love L'amour. I do have to admit that I've read a couple of Elmore Leonard's westerns 'cause I love his style, [...]

    12. Sin entrar en polémicas sobre el autor, sus ideas y su vida(el que quiera indagar sobre ésto que tire de google), lo que se nos presenta aquí es un folletín de "indios y vaqueros" en su versión más pura y apetecible para el lector.El libro tiene una importante crítica al "malvado hombre blanco" y una defensa a ultranza de los valores de los indios y de los que trabajan la tierra con sus propias manos. Defensa del código universal del vaquero montañés, leal a toda costa con sus amigos y [...]

    13. I’ve read a few Louis L’Amour westerns but I found Gone to Texas much more engaging, realistic and convincing. I enjoyed the language, and it painted good pictures. I enjoyed Josey's strategies and thinking, through which Carter has some points to make about character. I was also stimulated to research some of the historical references which are important in a western. Gone to Texas was soon made into a movie (The Outlaw Josey Wales; Clint Eastwood) which probably came as close to reviving t [...]

    14. You can't really read this book without imagining Clint Eastwood as the title character.In the first book, it tells how Josey Wales became a guerilla fighter in the Border Wars after the Union killed his family.After the war, the rest of his group head off, lured by talk of amnesty but he can't give up that easily.He keeps fighting for what he thinks is right, as the price on his head grows bigger. He makes friends along the way, forming his own band of "kin".Like most good leaders, he inspires [...]

    15. Yes, of course, this is the book on which the movie was based. Actually, the movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales" was based upon the first novel included in this volume, "Gone to Texas", which I think was the more poorly written of the two. The second novel included in this set, "The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales", was written better and the character of Josey Wales was much better developed. I probably would give "Gone to Texas" 3 stars, and "The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales" 4 stars, giving it a [...]

    16. Although I love Forrest Carter's Education of Little Tree, when I began Gone To Texas, I was afraid I'd be abandoning it after the requisite 50 pages. It started slow.I am so glad that I plugged away. As soon as Josey Wales gets to Indian Country, the story gets good and just gets better and better.If this has not been made into a movie, it should be. It would be better than Lonesome Dove.What I liked was the characterization of our anti-hero, Josey Wales, and how he just wants to get out of the [...]

    17. Perhaps my all-time favorite Western movie is The Outlaw Josey Whales, starring Clint Eastwood. And I don't know how many times I've watched the movie, made a mental note to track down the novel it's based on, Gone to Texas. But only a few years ago did I finally make the point to buy the book and read it.My two cents: the book and the movie are pretty evenly matched. The thing I got more from the book, or that the book underlined better for me, was Josey's friendship with Jamie, the young man h [...]

    18. Like many fans of the Western genre, I hold a special place in my heart for the 1976 movie. Nothing could have convinced me I would find more joy in the character of Josey Wales than was brought to me by my favorite film. It took only a few pages of this masterpiece to change my mind. Not just the man, but the land of the south, too, impresses with character. The mountains, the rivers, the forest and farms are all personified with grit and striking charm. The adventure starts quickly and marvels [...]

    19. Heartless and HeroicAlways loved the movie Josey Wales with Clint Eastwood and have seen it several times, however, it was the last time that I read the credits. The movie was based on the book titled Gone To Texas by Forest Carter. I purchased his novel Two Westerns that combines the two novels and the sequel of the Josey Wales story. Having read the entire book was an enjoyable experience which I thoroughly loved. It is a disturbing story in that it reveals the evil deeds of mankind that one d [...]

    20. Each summer I pick a theme for my reading list. This year I chose Westerns. I picked Josey Wales because it's one of my favorite movie Westerns. I thought I'd see how the book compared. Interestingly, this is one of those exceptions to the rule where the movie is actually better than the book. Not that it wasn't an enjoyable read. But, for the most part, I'd rate it just a little above typical Western pulp fare. There were some aspects of the novel(s) that I preferred to the movie. The supportin [...]

    21. The cliche that great movies usually come from mediocre books is quite true in this case. Carter's Gone to Texas is a gruesome but typical western novel, but Eastwood's film adaptation (The Outlaw, Josey Wales) is, in my opinion, the best Western film ever made. It was interesting to read the source material that inspired Eastwood. This time the movie is better than the book.The sequel novel, also included in this volume -- The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales, is more of the same -- not as intere [...]

    22. Gone to Texas is an interesting and entertaining novel based on a man who was a guerrilla fighter in Missouri during the Kansas-Missouri border war and during the Civil War. Forest Carter writes in a romantic, heroic manner, meaning that he idealizes Josey Wells and that type of fierce, independent man who fought for the South and whose heritage is Appalachian, and also meaning that the hero-outlaw's exploits are "larger than life." It works in Gone to Texas, but really goes “over the top” i [...]

    23. Swell. Would make a great movie with Clint Eastwood - oh, wait! AND - supports the old truism, don't cast your girlfriend in your movies (Sondra Locke). FURTHERMORE - Chief Dan George was entertaining in the film, but he is also miscast after reading the book. I assume there is a shortage of good Native American actors. Apparently, Clint Eastwood also holds the rights to make a movie of the second novel in this collection, but hasn't. I enjoyed the second novel even more, because I didn't know t [...]

    24. The rough, raw writing style made me at first think that this was written in the early 1800's, so it was a surprise to see that these two novels were written in the 1970's. The writing was a mixed bag of a light touch and heavy-handedness; whereas sometimes the characters' thoughts were clearly conveyed in a few spare lines of conversation, other times (way too often), Carter would go on and on and on about the "code" of honor that the rebels, the Indians, etc. were bound by. That should require [...]

    25. The Outlaw Josey Wales has always been a favorite Clint movie. Although the last few times I have watched it Sandra Locke's acting has gotten on my nerves - but I degress. I found the movie very much follows the book so I enjoyed it. Following the writing was fun as it is written with Josey having very bad english. The second book was fineolent. And it was a bit harder to understand Josey as I had not reference from a movie. Enjoyed it.

    26. excellent book that apparently adapted word for word for the movie The book draws you in immediately and keeps you involved throughout. It was obviously well researched and really captures a lot of the color and atmosphere of the times it depicts. You've probably seen the movie and you'll note that there were only two things added to the script, Fletcher being one, otherwise the movie scenes and dialogue were lifted totally from the pages of the book. Well worth a read.

    27. Gone To Texas is the more poignant of the two novels with complex characters and well developed human relationships. Carter makes the reader long to feel the loyalty of clan and kin he portrays in his core characters. Vengeance Trail is more a traditional western that makes good man reading, but left me a little off. However, very much worth reading.

    28. i read this 3-4 years ago (after seeing the movie again while in a hotel in Boston) and I couldn't put it down. I basically worked as quickly as possible for 2 days so i could go to the bar next door to the hotel and read this while drinking my Guinness. I recommend to anyone who wants a good action book.

    29. Classics What amazing books these are! Fans of the film should read both of these and get a sense of Josey's world after the film ends. Carter is a master at keeping the reader on edge and his reflections on the situation in Mexico in 1868 are just spot on. He was ahead of his time; Josey Wales is the Jack Reacher of the frontier, and leaves mighty big boots to fill.

    30. Great book- especially if you liked the movie. Surprising close except no fletcher or captan red legs. Movie night be a tad better but only because it is my all time favorite movie. The vengeance trail of Josey Wales is also in the edition and is really cool for anyone who ever wondered what happened to him at the end.

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