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Forty Lashes Less One Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002
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About the Author
Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
But then what can you expect from Elmore Leonard who gave us Valdez is Coming, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, The Tonto Woman and so many other good westerns?
For any of those high brow readers out there who think that westerns are beneath them then it might be worthwhile if they stuck their noses in a Leonard western if only to find out what good writing should and can be.
I have to say that the end of the book was surprising and the very last line made me laugh out loud as it turns into the ending that, as a reader, I would have hoped for. It made the characters more believable.
Overall, this was not Leonard's best book, but still showed some of his development as a writer.
Too obvious, too straightforward, in terms of scope and characters.
An enjoyable, easy read, but absolutely nothing to write home about.
When I was looking at the synopsis for this book it said it was about a Native American and an African American Union Soldier who were both released from prison in order to track down outlaws. I thought it was going to be a really cool bounty hunter drama, like the first hour of Django Unchained. But that isn't what it really is.
The book is mostly a prison drama. The above synopsis takes up only the final 10% of the book (I was reading on a kindle so I don't have any page numbers). Its about life in prison when a new warden takes over, a warden that believes in new techniques in trying to rehabilitate these men. He chooses the two leads as his personal pet projects and inspires them to embrace their inner warrior and it leads to them going from anonymous prisoners to two people who the rest of the population looks at in awe of because of their radical transformation. Once enemies, the two become friends as they spent time in prison learning to run for miles without stopping for water or how to accurately throw a spear, to become the perfect trackers.
I was upset that it wasn't an all action thriller, but in retrospect I guess that's not Leonard's style. It wasn't the story that I expected, but what I got instead turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great characters ,story line, and ending. Full of twists of plots set in environs as clear as a picture book.Published 2 months ago by Gordon Morrow
Forty Lashes Less One (1972) can be classified among Elmore Leonard’s Westerns, though technically it has nothing to do with cowboys or the Old West. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Buzalka
Very lightweight for adults. Lots of teenage Hollywood macho stuff. I read appx. 1/3 and had to give it up due to a stale plot.Published 14 months ago by Harry Rouse
This story is about prisoners assigned to the old Territorial Prison, Yuma, AZ. The conflicts arise as two new convicts arrive at the facility one Black Civil War vet, and the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Long
Nice light reading. Not quite a western and not quite a prison novel, but it blends the two genres nicely.Published 19 months ago by John A Bukowski