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Northfield: A Western Story Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
It is written in multiple perspectives; the opening and closing scenes are in the voice of Cole Younger, and each chapter between is in the voice of an eyewitness to the events. The narrators include all of the gang members--Frank and Jesse James, Bill Stiles, Clell Miller, Charlie Pitts and Jim, Bob and Cole Younger--as well as a large assortment of witnesses including a prostitute, the former Governor of Mississippi Adelbert Ames, an innkeeper and the boy who first saw the Younger brothers limping out of Minnesota. The style is noticeably different for each narrator; at times it is subtle with stronger and different word choices and other times it is a hard and distinct shift from literate to less literate and even near illiterate.
The story sprawls across the pages with a vivid recreation of the events. Johnny D. Boggs does not make a moral judgment on the players. The gang is portrayed with an astonishingly effective blend of villain and common man. They are not necessarily good men, but neither are they bad men. The Youngers, specifically Cole, are humanized and made more real than I have experienced them before in film or literature. The James brothers are viewed less favorably, especially Jesse, but even they are viewed as whole people and not cardboard folk heroes or black-hearted villains.Read more ›
When an author can capture and hold a reader's attention with a story the reader may have been exposed to a dozen times before - well, it takes a gifted author to do that. Boggs' story is the only one I've seen that puts you smack dab in the middle of the action with an intimate, first-person account of each character. With each new chapter, you become an outlaw, a sheriff, a banker, a farmer, a child, or the innocent person on the street.
If you know anything about Jesse and Frank James or the Younger brothers, you'll appreciate the author's impeccable research. But it's tough to imagine how you can identify with a child's tragedy, and yet sympathize with the outlaw who caused it until you read Johnny D. Boggs' Northfield. I highly recommend this one.
Frank Allan Rogers, author Upon A Crazy Horse
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably accurate from a historical standpoint; however, drags along forever. I quit about a third of the way through.Published 1 day ago by Don Chambers
Very well written with a lot of history. Really a very interesting read.Published 10 days ago by Roger Messersmith
Johnny Boggs is a new author to me. His view of the James-Younger raid on Northfield Minnesota is well written and entertaining. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Michael R. Wilson
An unusual way to tell a story. Being from that area I thought I knew everything. I sure was wrong. The characters sure came to life.Published 22 days ago by Mary Hamann
I am looking forward to reading more of Johnny D. Bogg's material in future. His handling of this oft told tale was magnificent!Published 1 month ago by susanfraz
This is the first time I have read about Northfield bank robbery. I guess the James/Younger gang should have stuck with train robbing.Published 1 month ago by Gary
If you like good western, you must read this one ! Excellent accounts of the James and Younger brothers, as they ride with a vengeance ! Page after page of blazing guns !Published 1 month ago by tom