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The brave bulls: A novel Unknown Binding – 1950

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"This is bullfighting from the inside, the way it looks to the people who make it a profession, and not even Ernest Hemingway at his best has ever done a better job of getting the whole thing on paper." New York Times Book Review "The Brave Bulls has long been considered a classic of Southwestern literature. The writing is intensely visual and precise, the narrative stirring, and the characters both quirky and engaging... Tom Lea writes with a painter's eye and a deep affection for Mexican culture." James Magnuson, Director, James A. Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Reading It Took My Life To Another Moment In Time 14 Jun. 2004
By "daddysgirlproductions" - Published on
Format: Paperback
A page turning novel that was delightfully filled with love, gore, deceit, disappointment, and honor. I fell in love with the story, the countryside, the matadors, and the life of all those who watched, who veered, who cried, who cheered, and for the men - their friends and families - as each stood facing into the mirrored eyes of their destiny. You must pick it up and read it for yourself if you're a thrill-seeker!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mexican bulfighting from the inside 17 Oct. 2005
By John V. Crocker - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first read Tom Lea's The Brave Bulls in a Penguin edition in the middle 1950s and was captivated by its description of the life of an itinerant pair of Mexican bullfighter brothers as they travel and work around the bullrings of Mexico in the late 1930s or 40s. The description of the ritual and significance of the bullfight and the contrast between the poetic ideal and the gritty reality is very strong, but it gives the gringo reader an idea of the appeal of this rather one-sided sport. I bought a recent copy through Amazon to give to my son who had just seen a bullfight in Madrid and wanted to know more about the subject. Highly recommended, though maybe a period piece by now.
Fine book, seriously marred by the preface 10 Sept. 2014
By Cocinero - Published on
I like this book (and the movie) a lot, and was disappointed that it isn't available in print for the Kindle. But I got the audio version with great expectation. I was dismayed when I started listening to it. I only gave it four stars because of the preface. The preface is read by someone who tells about living in Spain for some time and going to lots of corridas on a motorcycle. I find it hard to believe that anyone could live in Spain for any time at all and remain so utterly ignorant of how to pronounce Spanish words. The main character in the book is named Luis Bello ("Bay-yo"). The preface narrator makes it rhyme with "Jello." You can imagine how he butchers Spanish place names such as tongue-twisters like "Valladolid." I couldn't pay much attention to the preface because I was worried that the same guy would be reading the book. In that case I couldn't have listened to it; it would have been unendurable. But, fortunately, the book is narrated by someone else, and he does an excellent job. If you want to enjoy a very human story of a poor boy's struggle to rise to fame as a matador in Mexico, and his problems with fame once he achieved it, and also to learn a lot about bullfights, I recommend this work highly.
Great book 4 Sept. 2013
By Bob Welch - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Had read this book many times before but not in the last 10-15 years - I wanted a hardback forever copy and this was it - deep probing look at life and both the easy and hard slices - a bare to the bone look at a very emotional sport/art - very well written with no cop outs - my favorite of all of Mr. Lea's books
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Not quite what I expected 8 Feb. 2013
By Jana Hensler - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was a little surprised to receive a book marked "discard" and the public library that discarded the book. I guess in this case I actually got what I paid for.
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