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Sundance, Butch and Me Paperback – July 1, 2002
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In every book I read, there is usually at least one character that is appealing or that is one that you root for. Not in this case. In fact, the main character, Etta Place, is either a sociopath or arrogantly naive or both. This is so far removed from any basis in reality that I think the word "historical" should be removed from the classification. I just don't think someone who supposedly is given a first class education with all the advantages of life to choose from would choose to go off and, not only run away with an outlaw but, insinuate herself into the outlaw gang to the point of suggesting when they should rob more banks or want to be in the center of the action, so to speak. That picture just does not fit with someone who is trying to be portrayed as a "lady". Anyway, it was a total waste of my time and money. I do not recommend this book for anyone except those who want a subversion of the truth.
By the way, anyone who thinks either this book or the movie with Paul Newman and Robert Redford are factually accurate is not correct. Both this book and the movie cannot be backed up with the facts.
So that makes it okay to rob banks and do their best not to kill some poor working soul who was doing his job. If the author had placed some words of remorse in Etta's dialogue I would have been able to work up a little sympathy for her other than simply liking her which I certainly did. If Etta's character had admitted at least in part some of the stolen money probably belonged to poor dirt farmers or a struggling merchant in town this book would have been near perfect in my opinion. I never look for mistakes the experts can chew on those. I only know the sense of loss and unfullfilled justice in Etta's case is strong enough that I can taste it. [I have no problem with her killing you know who either.] I have to add here that Etta was rather passioante and aggresively so as well. Marshall Dell