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Sleep at night There s precious little to criticize here though I have to admit that I didn t feel much of an urgency to pick this up once I d finished a chapter or section This can almost certainly be attributed to having seen Andrew Dominik s excellent 2007 film which hews so closely to the novel including uoting passages of it at length that there were very few surprisesThough his Descriptions Are Always What I Cite First When I Tell are always what I cite first when I tell that they have to read Ron Hansen his characterization is commendable too Jesse James a character already so thoroughly explored and exploited even when he was alive is given a depth and a scariness here that I haven t seen in other portrayals He s unhinged and sick and charming and terrible But Bob Ford is especially well conceived and the complexity of his character fawning attentiveness and sycophancy roiling disgust with himself and with Jesse serves as an excellent model for anyone looking to write literary fiction Because make no mistake this might take a topic typically explored in genre fiction but this is light years from the cardboard cutout versions of Jesse James supplied in the dime novels that first brought his story to life I mean seriously What a ing book and what a ing writer As an appreciator of fine writing skill this book was a mind blowing mind buckling mind boggling experience This guy has it hands down over Cormac McCarthy and that s saying a lot because McCarthy is a master of American storytelling But McCarthy is not this This is a brilliant wordsmithery and I wonder if it hadn t been made into a movie would it have been as well read as it was Every aspiring author or author looking to improve their craft should read this Maybe not to copy his voice and style but just to see how a deft dealing of words can power an imagination to fly in places it has never goneFor example one of the dozens of definitions of who Jesse James was For the man was canny he was intuitive he anticipated everything He continually looked over his shoulders he looked into the background with mirrors he locked his sleeping room at night he could pick out a whisper in the wind he could register the slightest added value a man put into his words he could probably read the faltering and perfidy in Bob s face He once numbered the spades on a playing card that skittered across the street a city block away he licked his daughter s cut finger and there wasn t even a scar the next day he wrestled with his son and the two Fords at once one afternoon and rarely even tilted it was like grappling with a tree When Jesse predicted rain it rained when he encouraged plants they grew when he scorned animals they retreated whomever he wanted to stir he astonishedYes Mic drop Historical fiction of the last few crimes of the James Gang the death of Jesse James and the subseuent struggles of those involved in his death particularly the man who pulled the trigger Robert Ford I had purchased this book thinking it was non fiction however it is clearly historical fiction From subseuent research it appears to be based on facts The dialogue which obviously had to be invented is believable James is portrayed as a complex personality He is simultaneously a remorseless iller and a family manHansen provides a vivid picture of life in the late 1800 s in scenes such as It was March Then And The Weather Was Nasty And and the weather was nasty and road was ice and muck and scrambled wagon ruts Their saddles creaked with every movement and their two horses were morose their nostrils were frosted and their manes were braided with icicles and if they rested the animals their coats would steam in the cold This book highlights one of the first celebrity obsessions Robert Ford is fixated on Jesse James and believes he will become a celebrity himself by association especially by the act of illing him It excels as a portrait of two complex men of historical significance but I am not sure it entirely succeeds as fiction as it does not provide rationale for James choice to pursue a life of robbery and murder nor does it explain the

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appeal James on his followers Hansen s writing style occasionally slips into one associated with narrative non fiction Recommended to those interested in the American West of the late 19th century the life of notorious outlaws or the origins of celebrity adulation. Ron Hansen has brought to this masterful retelling 'Wonderful This is great storytelling not undermined by our nowin how it turns out The reader is driven by story and by language and by history the best blend of fiction and history I've read in a long while' John Irving author of The World According to Gar. Ron Hansen entitled this remarkable book The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford not because he agrees that Robert Ford was coward indeed Bob Ford spends much of the last third of the book attempting to prove that he was not a coward instead Hansen seems to be drawing our attention to the fickle attitudes of a public that romanticized Jesse and demonized Bob Yet Hansen s Jesse James while one of the most compelling and well wrought characters ever committed to a novel is far from a hero He is a simple thief a murderer a man that beats children and expresses no regret for it Eventually these sins warp him into a man wracked by superstition and paranoia The title seems to draw attention not to Ford s alleged cowardice but to his other sins his pride his vanity his wrath and most importantly his envy A murderer at the age of twenty Robert Ford s name forever became synonymous with the death of Jesse James An outcome which Ford in his youth and naivete actively sought thinking it would bring him fame and glory He discovered instead that the act gained him the loathing of an entire country As one segment puts it No account he d ever read had the grace to remark on when or where he was born who his in were and how he was raised they never remarked on the Moore School Blue Cut the grocery store his agreement with the government it seemed enough to say that Bob Ford was the man who shot Jesse James as if his existence could be encompassed in that one act of perfidyThe tragedy of Bob Ford is not that he went down in history as a coward that one act of perfidyThe tragedy of Bob Ford is not that he went down in history as a coward demonstrates throughout that the judgments of history are arbitrary and to court its favor leads only to misery Rather Hansen seems to hint that the true tragedy is that Ford never came to recognize his sins as such defending his actions when confronted putting up never came to recognize his sins as such defending his actions when confronted putting up wall of pride constantly defending his honor with further acts of violence Even until the very end Robert Ford is unable to utter the words that would absolve him of the to utter the words that would absolve him of the of guilt words of humility and contrition that proved beyond his reach even in the face of death This is a very good story but somehow I find myself liking the movie better than the bookThere were some great moments every single time Jesse James Bob Ford would interract I would hold my breath Their love hate relationship was truly fascinatingThat said I struggled a bit with the writing style which I found a bit dull and dry For me the excitment and the tension of the story was somewhat lost in all the details and the very uneven pace Jesse James was one arrogant son of a bitch During a train robbery he introduced himself to the engineer and the stoker as Jesse James the man they d read so much about He took a certain pride in his fame and infamy Jesse extricated himself from his heavy coat and laid it on the sofa with h Very entertaining Well researched historic fiction or fictionalized history and a stark portrait of nineteenth century America This is also a fair study of the foundations of our western culture focusing on hero worship victimization and demonization and our propensity for violenceHansen paints a portrait of James that is also an objective rendering of an American Everyman of this timeAlso the 2007 film adaptation by Andrew Dominik starring Brad Pitt was excellent When this book was made into a movie a few years ago I heard an interview with Ron Hansen on NPR and I liked the way he talked about writing and fiction and nonfiction and people and characters and God Then I forgot about him for a long time until I recently decided that I want to start reading westerns and I remembered the title of this book even though it isn t really a western At first it was a little bit annoying to me it seemed like Ron spent too long writing each of his sentences or like he was very pleased with himself every time he verbed a noun or adjective Once I got used to it and settled into the story though I liked it Jesse James spent most of his time in Missouri same state as me He wore the same size of belt as me and weighed the same but was two inches shorter and he survived for one year longer than Jesus did He was a charming weirdo who was popular when he was alive and even popular when he was dead despite having murdered sixteen people Here s a part where Bob his friend who eventually illed him. One of the great classic tales of The Great American WestIT IS 1881 Jesse James at the age of 34 is at the height of his fame and powers as a singularly successful outlaw Robert Ford is the skittish younger brother of one of the James gang he has made himself an expert on the gang but his particular interest.

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Is describing him He was bigger than you can imagine and he couldn t get enough to eat He ate all the food in the dining room and then he ate all the plates and the glasses and the light off the candles he ate all the air in your lungs and the thoughts right out of your mind you d right out of your mind You d to him wanting to be with him wanting to be like him and you d always come away d to him wanting to be with him wanting to be like him and you d always come away something Bob looked at the girl with anger and of course she was looking peculiarly at him He said So now you Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time know why I shot himOscar Wilde happened to be in town when Jesse wasilled and he wrote a letter to a friend saying The Americans are certainly great hero worshippers and always take their heroes from the criminal class Now I think we re all probably incapable of even having heroes and I can t tell whether that s an improvement or not What makes this book is the language Though I am no authority it has effectively captivated the language we would expect from the time Hansen is definitely a researcher and it shows but on top of that the story seems removed from the contemporary It breathes forward to us from another time even though it was probably composed on a computer The language and tone generating that removal from the contemporary provide the elevate I fell in love with this book on the first page with the opening lines He was growing into middle age and was living then in a bungalow on Woodland Avenue Green weeds split the porch steps a wasp nest clung to an attic gable a rope swing looped down from a dying elm tree and the ground below it was scuffed soft as flour There begins a master class in description that continues until the novel s end and the environment becomes almost as large a character as the protagonist himself as Hansen blends fiction myth and fact in the telling of final years of Jesse JamesThere s a beautiful pace to the story that matches that of the era The story rarely gallops but instead focuses on the ey moments in the build up to the critical event of the title And this should not be considered a criticism This is not a story of gimmicks and uick cuts of action and surprises though there is enough gun play to satisfy fans of the western genre The title ensures that you are already party to the story s biggest surprise Instead you enter into this world as a historian fly on the wall have your senses ignited and observe the downfall of a man many thought was great at the hands of a lesser man who felt himself bound for greatness It is a novel about the building of icons and the iconoclasts who would face them with the final third dealing with the Ford brothers celebrity after the assassination In re telling the story this way Hansen reveals the differences between fame and notoriety and the pitfalls of grandiose youth wanting a shortcut to celebrity still present in society todayIf there s a criticism at all it s that the typeface in the paperback version is uite small making the book seem endless though perhaps this is a gift in a strange way too But if you can deal with this and accept the pace and heavy description this is a rewarding novel about a fascinating time in history I m not particularly fond of the term a writers writer it seems far too dismissive and a little pretentious but I m not sure I can find a fitting description for Ron Hansen and for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in particular I ve remarked before that there s no one who manages verbs uite as swiftly and beautifully as Hansen does a feat he repeats here in Jesse James but I found myself smitten with his metaphorical descriptions and always enviable wealth of period details this time around I ll limit myself to just one such example lest I end up uoting the whole damn book his eye sockets were as deep and dark as fistholes in the snowWhich is to say that there s something pleasurable to be found on every page and nearly every paragraph Jesse James isn t terribly plot y but there s enough going on here to eep any reader interested unless he or she is particularly impatient But I think Hansen really wishes for us to luxuriate over the words here to pick up on and spend time with their poetry which he supplies in a way that seems effortless My heart tells me that hours of effort had to go into these descriptions however which is maybe just something I tell myself so that I can. His obsession is Jesse James himself Both drawn to him and frightened of him the nineteen year old is uncertain whether he wants to serve James or destroy him or somehow become himNever have these two men been portrayed and their saga explored with such poetry such grim precision and such raw boned feeling as. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


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