- Publisher: Signet (January 1, 1956)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005X896
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ballad of Cat Ballou Paperback – January 1, 1956
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As she stood there by the graveside,
Her burnin' eyes was dry,
But her heart swore, "I'll have vengeance,
Tooth for tooth an' eye for eye!"
A determined Cat is set on revenge, but things don't go as planned and she ends up in dire need of rescuing by the latest gang inhabiting the Robber's Roost, and most especially their leader, Clay Boone. One look at Clay is enough for Cat to know he's the man she's dreamed of and she follows him to the Roost, much to the ire of Clay's younger brother who desires the beauteous Cat for himself, as does Kid Shelleen who worships her from afar. Will Randy's jealousy destroy the relationship between the two brothers? Will his stupidity land them all in hot water?
And that's about as far as I'm going, you know what I always say - read it for yourself. This was a quick easy read with healthy doses of despicable cattle barons, bandits with a heart of gold, a gun battle or two and more than one in-the-nick-of-time rescue from jail. The love story between Cat and Clay was very sweet, I really liked how he fell in love with her before he even had a good look at her face. No surprise, but Cat's story is very different from that in the movie, as is the character of Kid Shelleen - no drunken buffoons here - just a dear bear of a man with a heart of gold that first loved the mother and then the daughter. 3.5/5 stars and I'd recommend it for anyone who loves a good western on occasion.
While hardly a brilliant work of literature, "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" is cleverly written and entertaining, with characters interesting enough to keep you reading until the final gunfight that concludes the tale.