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Midnight Cowboy (RosettaBooks Into Film) Kindle Edition
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Herlihy gets into Joe Buck`s head and touches the reader with the insight into the pain of his loneliness and sheer disillusionment with his life. The lesson that a friend...ANY friend, is better than being on one`s own has never been articulated better.
A wonderful writer who has largely been forgotten, Midnight Cowboy stands as a major work and is a book that will stay with you for a very long time. Revisiting it through Kindle reminded me of how good the writer really was.
Furthermore, there are too many of what I think are stream of conciousness essays, in which Herlihy tries far too hard to make the book philosophical, and the sequence with 'Towny' is just bizarre. Either the book wasn't long enough, or some of the unnecessary parts should have been replaced with more of a focus on the bond between the main characters.
Somehow, I can see how this is a 'cult' classic, but to me it is unfortunately a disappointment. Perhaps if I read it in a few years when I am older and have bit more life experience (I am only 13) I will see it differently, and I hope so.
Midnight Cowboy is the story of mixed-up, naive Joe Buck, who quits his job and heads to New York City to become a male prostitute. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a down-at-heel con man, "Ratso" Rizzo.To say more would be to reveal too much, but suffice to say that there's plenty of drama and heartbreak. I can't think of another novel that's quite so poignant and, quite simply, devastating,
Most people will have come to the book having seen the excellent film adaptation (who says that films are never as good as the book?) and that's perfect - for me, they are completely complimentary.
In short, an excellent slice of American literature from a very overlooked author.
Joe Buck has an unhappy childhood and decides he wants to escape, so knowing he has quite a talent with the ladies decides to become a hustler. He moves from the countryside to the city where he feels that rich women will be more than happy to spend their endless cash for time with him. Its not the case and he quite often gets hustled. He falls in the with dodgy Ratso Rizzo who is a double dealing shady scoundrel, and things go from bad to worse.
It's moving in parts and I think James Leo Herlihy is a great writer, it just wasn't for me, I am glad I have given it a go though. It has made me want to read more of the modern American classics.
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I saw the film first, which was brilliant.
Some people say that seeing films before reading the books ruins them. This didn't.Read more