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Destry Rides Again (Leisure Western)

Destry Rides Again (Leisure Western) [Kindle Edition]

Max Brand
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Famed fighter Harry Destry comes back from jail a changed man. The town thinks he no longer has what it takes to defend himself, but Destry’s innocent act covers a plot for vengeance against the men who set him up.

About the Author

Max Brand was the favorite pseudonym of Frederick Schiller Faust (1892–1944), creator of Dr. Kildare, Destry, and many other fictional characters popular with readers the world over. His novels have been reprinted again and again, translated into every major language, and adapted for film.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477806768
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore; Reissue edition (24 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HJV6KK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good Read 11 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Frederick Faust wrote numerous short stories and novels under a number of pseudonyms, Max Brand being that which he wrote Westerns under. This particular novel has been filmed a few times, has never been out of print and has probably as many detractors, as those that like it. It isn't that particularly well written, Faust used to pen stories in record time and it does show. At first you think that this is a story of the Old West, but it isn't, as you soon realise when a character uses the telephone. In some places you do wonder where the story is going to go off to, as it does wander a bit, but despite all its problems it has something that still captivates you and makes you carry on reading.

Harrison 'Harry' Destry is someone who is really a bit of a bully, and has always been so, but one day he finds himself in over his head when he is arrested for a crime that he never committed. With the lovely Charlotte 'Charlie' Dangerfield swearing eternal love, Destry soon finds himself convicted of the crime, and swears vengeance on the jury.

Thus we jump to the time Destry is released, and returns home to Wham. With those who sat on the jury frightened, they soon see that Destry looks like he is totally whipped. Destry though is just shamming, as he is soon intent on his mission in life. But could Destry be facing more than he bargained for, when he has to face his own Nemesis?

Taking in romance, gunfights, vengeance, manipulations and deviousness this book does pack a lot into its pages, and is a relatively quick read. This has something to do with its enduring popularity, but I think that the message that it does drive home is that anyone can be a bully, but those who rise above such things are real men, is what most people take from this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic novel, and for good reason 16 Feb 2013
By William Sommerwerck - Published on
Though "Destry" is basically pulp fiction, it's a sufficiently complex story -- morally and psychologically -- that it's a worthwhile read for almost anyone. The author, Frederick Schiller Faust, remains one of the most-prolific writers ever, having cranked out 25M to 30M words in his lifetime. He could write 20K words a week (12K over just a weekend), and he might have a short novel and the chapters of two serials published in the same magazine week after week.

The "modern" Western begins with Owen Wister's "The Virginian". Though it's a serious novel about male sexuality and whether killing another human being is ever justified, it became the model for the "cowboy as strong/silent type" story in which the chaste hero rides into town, cleans up the bad'uns, and then (depending on the writer's taste) either marries the schoolmarm, or decides he loves his horse more and rides off. This shallow distortion of Wister's work became the basis of many formulaic Western novels and films, up until about 1950, when so-called "adult" Westerns largely replaced them.

"Destry", published as a novel in 1930 after appearing as a magazine serial, is nothing like the kiddie Westerns unintentionally spawned by Wister. Harrison Destry is a badly flawed human being, and is punished for it by being sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. He publicly threatens the jurors -- who ignore the obvious evidence and find him guilty simply because they don't like him -- to return and seek revenge.

Though "Destry" appears to be a conventional revenge melodrama, it is closer to a Bildungsroman, a story about a person's moral & spiritual progress. Destry eventually understands what a poor human being he is, no better than anyone else, and changes. Faust doesn't just /tell/ us this; he puts Destry in a situation that makes him realize that he's wrong about a lot of things and has to mature. The most-interesting aspect of his reformation is his recognition that he created his own enemies, and is at least partly responsible for the bad things that happen.

"Destry" is not "great literature", but Faust occasionally delivers simple and elegant scenic passages worthy of a "better" writer. The story's only real flaw is Faust's tendency to overwrite, which was commonplace when writers were paid a penny a word.

This is a book that will remain with you for a long time. Unhesitatingly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Brand 15 April 2009
By Clark Dimond - Published on
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You can get a collection of 13 Max Brand novels on Kindle, but it won't have Destry in it. I read this 60 years ago and hadn't seen a copy til yesterday in a Colorado supermarket . It's a slickly written pulp revenge western in the melodramatic mode of the Tom Mix, Harry Carey, William S Hart westerns. Tom Mix made a film version, but cleaned up Destry's moral ambiguity. I was curious to re-view it and see if it stood apart from the other Max Brand books as I remembered. It's still a good ripsnorting yarn. It's very straightforward and not burdened by the sentimentality or literary pretensions that mar Faust's earlier work. It's written for the pulp market as a serial, "Twelve Peers," named for the jurymen who falsely convicted a formerly rambunctious town rowdy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viewed historically... 5 Mar 2009
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
IN 1930, Max Brand (Frederich Faust) was flying high. He was a successful writer with scores of popular stories and novels to his name. "Destry Rides Again" was just another of his products that came to roost in Hollywood.

Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich starred in the film based on this novel that is truly vintage pulp/1930's inspired. Compared to the standards of today, Brand in "Destry" is a hack. The lingo is choppy, and the story is not what movie fans would expect.

Essentially, this is a revenge story. Destry goes to jail and returns 6 years later to serve justice to those who put him behind bars. The action is slow, but Harry Destry has time to execute his plan. One by one, his jurors meet their maker, and at longlast, Destry puts down his colts..

Wow. I am a fan of pulp writing and I love this book. Hardcore Brand fans will appreciate this for the history, the art on the cover, and the classic tale that will not die. This could be a Rambo film, or a Terminator movie. But, this is BETTER!

Can't wait for the next installment in the Classic Film Collection, Unforgiven.

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dated classic Western 6 Jun 2005
By F. J. Harvey - Published on
There are readers who will pick up this novel because of its links to the beloved James Stewart -Marlene Dietrich movie. Please be advised ,if this is your own situation ,that all the movie takes from the book is its title .Everything else has been jettisoned including the tone of the story .The movie was gently comedic in tone being a parody of the Western as well as a Western in its own right .Brand's novel is altogether more serious in tone being essentially a straightforward revenge Western

Destry ,while not exactly a criminal ,has achieved some notoriety in the town of Wem -he is not noted for backing down when trouble raises its head ,and is handy with gun ,knife and fists .This has earned him many enemies one of whom ,"Chet",while posing as his friend sets him up on a charge of train robbery .He is convicted by a jury made up of his enemies and sent to prison for 10 years despite a powerful plea of innocence and an exposure of the juror's ulterior motives .He vows revenge and when released after 6 years the jurors flee the town in fear of their lives .

Yet he seems a broken man -timorous and shattered in spirit by his incarceration .Encouraged by this two of the jurors ,The Ogden brothers ,test his mettle in a gun battle and are shot down .Destry was play acting -he still intends revenge .Two jurors are broken by means short of death -shown as cowards or having their links to political intersts exposed .Others are hunted down and shot in fair fight

Chet plots with the remaining jurors to kill Destry all the while posing as his friend and Destry can only rely on a hero worsshipping boy and Charlotte the woman who loves him .

The book is by todays standards somewhat windily written and the sermonising tone sits poorly with todays literary taste but overall this is a good read and the hero is shown as not the fastest gun or most handy in a fight being bested by the baddie at a critical time

I am not sure that it will appeal beyond the ghetto of the Western readership but its worth your time if you have an interest in the genre and in vintage pulp writing
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the movie 21 Nov 2012
By jim0547 - Published on
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When I bought this book, I thought that it would be somewhat like the movie.

I coould not have been more wrong.

Completly different storyline. Quite refreshing.

Enjoyed it emencely.
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