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Josey Wales: Two Westerns [Kindle Edition]

Forrest Carter , Lawrence Clayton
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Book Description

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. 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.


"Carter's vivid portrayal of life and death in the U.S. Southwest of 1868 and his understanding of his characters-particularly the Apache-and the code by which they lived give immediacy to his superior western fiction." -- Booklist

"Fresh and brutally convincing." -- Buffalo Evening News

"Good old-fashioned blood and thunder? Yea, verily, and in the very best tradition of story telling . . . Mr. Carter's characters are your friends and your enemies and you care intensely about what happens to them." -- Chattanooga Times

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“Fresh and brutally convincing.” --Buffalo Evening News

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VGF3BY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! September 5, 2005
I don't think I'd ever read a pure Western before I picked this up, and I only got it because Carter's "The Education of Little Tree" is probably the best book I've ever read.

But Josey Wales turned me on to the genre, and I now have a little collection of Western novels, although none of them capture the life of a western gunslinger as brilliantly as Josey Wales does.

The two novels are bound together, with a short afterword by Lawrence Clayton.

Carter captures the culture of the outlaw in a way that allows us to see the context of the factors that created them. Josey Wales is, at his core, the same kind of homesteader as Pa Ingalls or the Joads family (from Little House on the Prairie and The Grapes of Wrath, respectively). But when a terrible deed brings his life down around his ears, he becomes driven by vengeance, and seeks justice against a hopelessly overwhelming enemy.

We also get an intimate look at the details of rugged trail life. Even better, we get to see some of the legion factors that crafty Wales uses to his advantage in order to maintain an edge over his opponents in a gunfight. Too many authors explain their gunmen heroes as being "the quickest draw." Wales is quick, to be sure, but he also knows enough to keep his horse fed on grain, and to engage in shootouts while the sun is at his back.

Both of these novels bring the reader on a journey through the American west that feels utterly real. The characters that we meet all have a life of their own that demonstrates the diversity of people who populated the region-- it was far more than cowboys and indians, after all.

If you're a fan of Westerns, I think that this has to be at the top of your list. If you're not a fan of Westerns, but just of great fiction, this is also a must-read.

Highly recommended.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I have read and owned copies of one or the other, but not in the same volume. I found this medium an excellent way to continue reading about the characters. Forrest Carter does a splendid job of blending history with fiction. His historical research is top notch. I highly recommend this novel for the student of history, as well as the casual western reader.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Missouri they say "show me" and Forrest does... March 31, 2000
The end of the American Civil War has long been the point of beginning for several Western adventures, but GONE TO TEXAS (AKA OUTLAW JOSEY WALES) is one the reader will never forget. His wife and son murdered by the notorious Red Legs, Josey Wales sets out to seek his revenge by joining a force of Missouri rebels. When his band is forced to surrender, Josey holds back only to watch his entire clan executed. The only one left, Josey is now an outlaw, on the run and headed southwest. Joining him are an elderly Cherokee, a Navajo squaw whom Josey rescues from two rapists, a red bone coonhound, and eventually a family from Kansas who nearly lose it all to a band of Comancheros. Together they fight for each other's lives, whether it be with the Union forces on Josey's trail, or the Comanche that rule the land they now pass, all in the search for peace. GONE TO TEXAS is a story for all times.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the movie, you will love the book! December 7, 2005
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I think the Outlaw Josey Wales is one of the best movies ever. So I read the book it is based on (Gone to Texas), and if anything it is even better than the movie. There are just enough differences to make it interesting, while enough alike to make you cheer! The second book, THe Vengence Trail of Josey Wales, was a little less readable, but good nevertheless. A bit more violent and bloody too. IF you like westerns, you will love this book. I highly recommend it!
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82 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Half a Review... September 10, 2003
To start off with, the author's real name is: Asa Earl Carter. Carter was known to be a racist. He was with George Wallace and left him when Wallace began to change his views. He wrote "Outlaw Josey Wales" (It's first title was: 'The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales,") and was printed by an obscure publisher in Alabama. He sent a copy to Clint Eastwood, hoping that he might be interested in securing the film rights. What happened was that producer Robert Daley got it instead and then one weekend, having nothing to read, he saw Carter's book and decided to read it. He read it in one sitting. Then Eastwood read it. They met Carter to negotiate the rights. Carter showed up to the meeting drunk.
Despite Carter's myriad of character flaws, this can be certainly said: the man could write. "Outlaw Josey Wales" is one of the best westerns I've ever read. It's a fast moving tale, packed with action and incident. The movie follows the story quite faithfully (though the timeline is compressed) and Eastwood made at least my favorite of all of his westerns (yes, I think it's better than "Unforgiven).
Back to the book. I can't speak for the politics of the book. Yes, if you're aren't a fan of big government, I suppose this book will speak to you. But if you've ever lost all that mattered to you, if you've been left with nothing, then this book will speak to you. That's where the book's genius truly lies. It struck a universal note, not just some political rambling. That's why I think Mr. Daley and Eastwood were so taken with it. When the book begins, Josey has nothing to live for and thus lives a life of vengeance; but as the book ends, he truly has something to live for, and he sees how hollow vengeance truly is.
A great western. A great book.
How the heck did Carter do it?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Two-for-one though only one is a gem
Two westerns for the price of one is a hard deal to turn down. I am not an expert in the western novel genre but I enjoy a good western whether it be book or movie but frankly and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kelly K. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Josey Wales is one of our real western heroes.
Published 13 days ago by william doran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book almost verbatim to what is in the movie that was made from thisbook
Published 15 days ago by WW
2.0 out of 5 stars Josey Wales Bites the Dust.
Starts off well enough but gets progressively worse with each turn of the page. Tossed it without even finishing it.
Published 16 days ago by Paul Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic read
My favorite movie now is also my favorite book. The continuation of the Outlaw Josey Wales was awesome I loved the story!!
Published 29 days ago by scubasteve
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hedge buy it
Great stories.
Published 1 month ago by Grippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great books...Forrest Carter was a terrific writer.
Published 1 month ago by S. Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a long time
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I watched the movie 40 times or more. I can always get something out of it.
Published 1 month ago by Philip Schrock
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Michael Oguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great western
Liked the movie. Love the book and it's sequel.
In the sequel, Josey takes on rogue Rurales and their vicious captain.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Foncannon
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