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Old 01-23-19, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by rseeker View Post
That just went on my reading list - thank you.
It deserves a place among the top ten American novels, alongside anything written by Melville, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Twain, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Harper Lee and others. If we had to strictly limit it to the top ten, Hansen's book could easily replace anything by Hawthorne. Everything anyone needs to know about why America is the way it is can be found through a careful reading of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Besides a keen eye for revealing human foibles without condemnation, Hansen has a remarkable ear for dialog and narrative.

If you like audio books, check out the version as read by G Valmont Thomas. It's the best of the two audio book versions. He really brought the book to life. In some YouTube videos that purport to show "deleted scenes from the movie," they're actually just still photos or clips from the theatrical release of the movie with audio clips from G Valmont Thomas' audio book over the video. Thomas was a great stage actor and voice actor, but little known to most folks. He died too young a couple of years ago.
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