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Mr. Majestyk von Elmore Leonard
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Mr. Majestyk (Original 1974; 2002. Auflage)

von Elmore Leonard (Autor)

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On the battlefields of Laos, Army ranger Vince Majestyk decides he's seen too much violence. He turns in his gun and heads for the peaceful melon fields of the Arizona countryside. No one in Arizona knows about his past. But they're about to find out, because local thugs are pushing Majestyk too far--and he's ready for war again.… (mehr)
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Titel:Mr. Majestyk
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Info:HarperTorch (2002), 240 pages
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Mr. Majestyk von Elmore Leonard (1974)

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this was really good! ( )
  austinburns | Dec 16, 2021 |
A different kind of Elmore Leonard book, it sort of straddles his western books with his crime books. Expertly written (of course), only 216 pages so a fairly quick read. Looking forward to seeing the Charles Bronson film of this book. ( )
  bjkelley | Mar 26, 2021 |
A short, well-told tale that comes to an exciting climax. Lots of action. The characters are lightly-drawn. They are tough, rough, and designed to be liked or disliked. There is little grey here. I enjoyed it. Not a genre I normally read, and there is not enough to likely draw me back, but it was a side-trip I am glad I took. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
A well written book, easy to read. A plausible story with our Rambo like hero. Lots of action. ( )
  delta61 | Jul 5, 2020 |
I didn’t know much about Elmore Leonard going into this book aside from a general image and the specifics that were brought up in his obituaries. Those specifics were enough to pique my interest, so I thought I’d give him a try. I went to my favorite library and browsed through the books on CD, choosing Mr. Majestyk over some of the others because it was narrated by Frank Muller, who completely enthralled me with Moby Dick (not that I’m trying to compare those books).

This one, however, fell flat for me. I never really cared about the characters because I never really got to know them. Through the majority of the book, I felt like I was still waiting for the opening credits to roll. I suppose Majestyk was supposed to be “the little guy,” the guy who just wants to put in a hard day’s work and earn his own living. That’s certainly how the other “bully” characters treat him. But as a reader, we’re never fooled. We see it from the beginning scene when he quietly stands up to the store clerk who won’t unlock the bathroom for the migrants—someone who handles that situation like Majestyk did probably has the ability and confidence to defend himself, if it comes to that. Nancy sees it right away, but we don’t get a good sense of why she can see this in Majestyk when no one else can, including her friends who also witness this scene (and who are never given names).

Everyone else plays pretty well exactly the role you’d expect. The small-time thug tries to impress the big-time thug, but messes it up. The big-time thug, who’s just past his prime thug days, gets overzealous and messes up too. His thrill-seeking but constantly bored girlfriend gets scared. And the little guy who everyone underestimates? Well, I don’t want to give it away…

I believe that a novel should be able to stand on its own, regardless of its historical/social context or how it came into being or the author’s biography or whatever. That said, I wonder how my reading of Mr. Majestyk would have been affected if I had known that Elmore Leonard wrote it as a screenplay first and then novelized it later. The characters and plot are just as completely unsurprising as the plot and characters in a 1970s action movie, if I can generalize a bit. But 103 minutes of ‘splodey fun (there are explosions on the movie cover, though I don’t recall any in the book… maybe during the bus escape?) can’t really be translated directly into a novel, even one on CD. ( )
  JLSmither | Oct 3, 2013 |
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This morning they were here for the melons: about sixty of them waiting patiently by the two stake trucks and the old blue-painted school bus.
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On the battlefields of Laos, Army ranger Vince Majestyk decides he's seen too much violence. He turns in his gun and heads for the peaceful melon fields of the Arizona countryside. No one in Arizona knows about his past. But they're about to find out, because local thugs are pushing Majestyk too far--and he's ready for war again.

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