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Get Shorty Paperback – January 25, 2005
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“An absolute master.” (The Detroit News)
Top Customer Reviews
Whatever else, this book is a fast paced and entertaining piece of fiction. The characters are interesting, the dialogue is memorable and funny, and the plot is ingenious and leads to a very satisfactory conclusion. This is Leonard at his best - and that is awfully good. And surprise, this time he even got a good movie out of it!
I appreciated the subtle differences in the plot line between the movie and the book, and the differences were enough to keep me interested in the book despite knowing much of the movie by heart. Leonard is a master at writing dialoge. He uses grammar that precisely captures the way people speak, and each character has a unique way of talking that is personally identifiable.
The character descriptions were so similar to the movie that I had to wonder if Leonard wrote the novel with certain actors in mind!
I recommend this as a companion to the movie. They can be enjoyed together as the same story via two different mediums, each with its own richness.
Even his ear for dialogue has started to fade on him. Now everybody like, y'know, talks like, uhh, some kinda boob, get what I'm sayin'? The line of self-parody is lying a little too close in these pages.
He still has a hand with the quirky minor characters, though they can't carry an entire 350-page plus novel. But this one did make it clear to me why Leonard is so popular with the pomo crowd: his characters inhabit an utterly amoral universe, one with no values or standards whatsoever. Here, e.g., the protagonist is that well-known figure drawn from life, the friendly, easygoing loan shark. In your traditional crime novel--Chandler or either MacDonald can serve as examples--the action occurs against a hard-edged moral framework that is at least given lip service. Now I won't demand that every piece of fiction act as a morality play. But this was a case where I finished the thing, and kind of enjoyed the ride, but didn't like myself for it. In Leonard's recent novels, all that matters is who gets to take home the candy. And when you get right down to it, that just ain't enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Elmore's best. Loved the movie adaption too. Highly recommended.Published 24 days ago by Avid Reader
I watched the movie several years ago and loved it, after reading the book I can say they did an excellent job of translating the book to the big
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This is one of those few stories where the movie is superior to the book.Published 5 months ago by James H.
I have several other books by Mr. Leonard and they have all been very good. This one isn't.... Skip itPublished 5 months ago by Game Reviewer
Exactly like the movie but is still a lot of fun on a slow day.Published 6 months ago by Jeremy Alexander
An extraordinary little story about gangsters from NY, movie people from L.A., and all they have in common. Highly recommended!Published 7 months ago by .