The Pistoleer

The Pistoleer A stunning snapshot of the life of one of Texas s most notorious outlawsFor his forty two years on this earth John Wesley Hardin s name was synonymous with outlaw A killer at fifteen in the next few

  • Title: The Pistoleer
  • Author: James Carlos Blake
  • ISBN: 9781453239
  • Page: 334
  • Format: ebook
  • A stunning snapshot of the life of one of Texas s most notorious outlawsFor his forty two years on this earth, John Wesley Hardin s name was synonymous with outlaw A killer at fifteen, in the next few years he became skilled enough with his pistols to back down Wild Bill Hickok in the street By the time the law caught up with Hardin when he was twenty five, he had killedA stunning snapshot of the life of one of Texas s most notorious outlawsFor his forty two years on this earth, John Wesley Hardin s name was synonymous with outlaw A killer at fifteen, in the next few years he became skilled enough with his pistols to back down Wild Bill Hickok in the street By the time the law caught up with Hardin when he was twenty five, he had killed as many as forty men and been shot so many times that, it was said, he carried a pound of lead in his flesh In jail he became a scholar, studying law books until he won himself freedom, and afterwards he tried to lead an upright life It was not to be.By the time he was killed in 1895, Hardin was an anachronism the last true gunfighter of the Old West In this volume, western master James Carlos Blake retells Hardin s life, exposing the many different sides of the man who became a legend.

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    1. James Carlos Blake

      James Carlos Blake is one of the America s most highly regarded living authors of historical crime fiction Born in Mexico, his family moved regularly when he was a child, living in various towns along the border and coast before finally settling in Texas when he was six After a stint in the army, Blake attended the University of South Florida and received a Master s degree from Bowling Green State University, both universities where he would later teach In 1997 he left teaching to write full time.Blake s first novel, The Pistoleer, was published in 1995 to overwhelming acclaim Its unusual format with each chapter told from a different character s perspective caused critics to dub it an unusually promising debut Since then Blake has written eight novels and one collection of stories, most of which dealt with real life characters from the American west He lives and works in Arizona.

    971 thoughts on “The Pistoleer”

    1. Look. I'd rather milk a mule than read another goddamn page of this thing.If you like your Westerns with a patina of literary/historical high-mindedness then this is your bowl of quail.Not mine.I can appreciate the author's talent but I can't read anymore of this particular novel.3 stars because he's a swinging dick, well-received, big shot author of some esteem.


    2. Excellent. If you like Cormac McCarthy, or Peter Matthiesen's Killing Mister Watson (which this book resembles, since Hardin's story is told through a variety of voices), you should enjoy The Pistoleer. Similar to Jesse James, Hardin was a product of the violent post Civl War era in Texas. But unlike James, Hardin was no robber. He could however shoot -- and with extreme accuracy (often right into an enemy's forehead or eye). The Hardin that emerges from Blake's version is young and prideful, bu [...]


    3. John Wesley Hardin, In All His Bloody, Ugly GloryJohn Wesley Hardin was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a 'good person'. As part of a generation of young southern males who were too young to join the Confederate Army, but old enough to strap on a gun when the insults and injustices of Reconstruction became too much to bear. Jesse James was another one of these Rebels-born-too-late; for many of them, guilt over missing the War - while older brothers, cousins, fathers, and friends fought a [...]


    4. I'm all for any novel that has at least one guy per chapter getting his brains knocked out the back of his head by a Colt .44 slug. This is one viscerally violent, action-packed "literary" western. James Carlos Blake uses the form of the oral history to tell the story of "the most feared mankiller in Texas," John Wesley Hardin. Each chapter takes on a different narrator and a different impression of Hardin. Some see him as a postwar hero, others as a vicious, rabid killer. Some admire him, other [...]


    5. Blake's first novel, unless I'm much mistaken, and perhaps his most creative, its subject and delivery are as masterful and rough as a confident whiskey shot. A historical must, even for the most diligent and devoted historian.


    6. A very entertaining read about John Wesley Hardin, told in the first person by a number of narrators who were present at the various events in the Texas gunfighter's life. Blake is an artist at giving multiple characters their own unique voice. Two thumbs up for this author. If you enjoy westerns, based in fact, but not the usual "horse opera," then give James Carlos Blake a try.


    7. a very interesting read, and while written from interesting perspectives (each chapter is written from a different person's perspective-people who were supposedly around when the current events were taking place), it got a little frustrating to continually have to refocus myself for every new chapter. on top of this (building off of the changing perspectives) mini stories of side characters were told. if I were a huge old West fan I would have been elated to learn so much. as it is, I've really [...]


    8. I loved the language in this book, the setting was richly-drawn, and there were fine supporting characters. I put it down halfway through though. I had to. The main character was insufferable. He was the best at everything. The best rider. The best roper. The best shooter. The most charming with women. Best lover. Hardest-working farmer. Most skillful and lucky gambler. Blake's Hardin is just so damned wonderful at everything he starts to get boring.


    9. This book actually redeemed itself starting with a bit past the halfway mark. Stylistically, it is well-written, although even that can be a bit hard to judge at times since the book is told from the point-of-view of various individuals, some real/some fictional, of various origins and levels of education. What was hard for me to swallow about this book was that early in the book, even characters who had reason to dislike Hardin intensely kept pointing out things in their narratives that seemed [...]


    10. James Carlos Blake's first book, published first in large paper back format, appeared to be a semi-historical Western novel. After being read, it began to be recognized as a cunningly told biography of John Wesley Hardin and the times he lived through, mostly in Texas. From my perspective the only major flaw is technical: the many chapters are 'written' by different people---friends, enemies, kin, lovers and so forth---but the tone and style are, with little exception, uniform. To do this type o [...]


    11. This book answers the long burning question posed by Bob Dylan, "John Wesley Hardin"? I guess I don't know much Texas history(myth). I recently read The Diezmo by Rick Bass which is set in Texas after the Civil War but doesn't seem to connect to any events in this book. So I have some reading to do.I think I've encountered this form of story telling before. A form where each short section is told by another character about the protagonist. Mostly similar books use journal entries, newspaper stor [...]


    12. I have to admit, I did really enjoy reading this story. I gave it 4, instead of 5 stars because, well, it's a great story, but after reading a very good book: 'Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend', this book just didn't come up to the same level.Still, it was a very entertaining read and I would recommend it for it's fun story line and very interesting story line. I had never read a fictional biography before, so this one has shown me a new genre, which can be a lot of fun, but can muddy the [...]


    13. The Pitstoleer is an interesting fictional biography of John Wesley Hardin, but nothing new is learned about the man or what really drove him. If the reader has not heard of Harding this would be a good starting point. The book dragged a bit in the middle and would have been a tighter read if it were 50 or 100 pages shorter but this does not diminish the experience. As with all of Blake's books this is a Peckinpah hymn to violence and enjoyable because of that, but for readers who do not like vi [...]


    14. The description for this book actually describes the book written by Blake about those who fought with Pancho Villa not "The Pistoleer" which is a historical novel about John Wesley Hardin.I liked the use of different narrators and how each told of their personal interaction with Hardin. In this way Blake allows the reader to finish the novel having learned something about the life of John Wesley Hardin yet he leaves the mystique of the gunslinger intact. For those who are interested in Texas hi [...]


    15. Great visit to the old west and meeting one of the most notorious outlaws. I like the way Blake uses first person narrative -- not from John Wesley Hardin's perspective -- but from those who knew him. Each chapter is told by a different person; it starts when he was fifteen and shoots his first person to when he is finally shot down himself. Recommended for anyone who likes a literary western.


    16. Once again loved Blakes writing style, but he still just misses being fantastic. The way he eloquantly describes violence reminds me of McCarthy, the way he describes sexuality the way a cocky seventeen year old boy would is a cross between genius and hilarity. I love reading him but just wish he would hit something in me I'm missing.


    17. 3.5 stars. Well written and a fantastic storyhonestly just not a big fan of the story-telling style though - each chapter is a different character recounting his/her experiences with John Wesley Hardin. It makes for a slightly chopped up story line which made it hard to be really engaged in the story.


    18. This is an interesting read. It was very engaging and tells the story of John Wesley Hardin in a unique way. It is not the best book I have ever read, but if you are looking for something different it is very unique.





    19. Good book about the life of John Wesley Hardin. I like that it was made up of many stories told by people who supposedly knew the subject.


    20. For people who like Cormac McCarthy,Blake is a good option.History,quality writing and a bit of darkness.



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