I previously read the title story The Hanging Tree as well as Lost Sister in another collection which I reviewed here The eight other stories that accompany them in this collection are every bit as ood Flawlessly written ripping and entertaining One thing I really love about Johnson is how adept she is at portraying a variety of different characters and viewpoints In this collection alone she writes from male female adult and child s perspective and very nearly mixes all four in The Gift by the Wagon which could be my favorite Most of the stories are dramatic but I Woke Up Wicked the tale of a young cowboy who accidentally becomes an outlaw is wonderfully funny and The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid deftly mixes dry humor with its drama too And you ll have a hard time forgetting the bittersweet The Story of Charley Definitely recommended for serious Western fans and a volume I wouldn t mind adding to my personal library This is my second time through this story I m pretty sure the first iteration of The Hanging Tree I knew about was Marty Robbin s song Later as a teenager my dad told me about his favorite Gary Cooper western The Hanging Tree When I finally tracked that down I at last learned about the story it was based on Properly this is not a book It hardly even ualifies as a novella just a fairly long short story And it s unfortunate because I think it would have been better properly fleshed out Dorothy Johnson writes it in a slightly peculiar way Doc Frail s backstory then the Lost Lady s story then finally Rune s story before finally settling on a linear timeline What made her choose this way of starting I can t imagine but it feels almost like she wasn t sure which was the actual story to begin with In comparison to the movie there are things I like and less about each In the movie the story is that Doc found his wife with his brother killed them and burned the house down leaving his old life behind The story and the memory followed him west and he s a bitter lonely man with a chip on his shoulder I like that story better than the one in the book that he once killed a man and then couldn t shoot when it later mattered He s haunted by his uilt over two deaths and is waiting for justice to catch up with him I like that Elizabeth s story is fleshed out in the book and especially that she cannot leave the cabin That makes her motivation for oing to the tree at the end much believable and compelling Book Elizabeth is psychologically damaged by her experience But I like her back story better in the movie Instead of an easterner moving west with her down on his heels teacher father she s a penniless immigrant utterly dependent on Doc and Rune but determined to make a new life That uickly becomes her only motivation to stay not her mental anguish just determination She is much needier and much in love with the broken manRune is better in the book Although both characters have the same rowth arc Rune s story in the book and his accomplishments by the end really set him apart It s perhaps explicitly implied in the book that he understands he has Doc to thank for his rowth than in the movie where he remains sullenThe other two important characters to both plots are Frenchy Plante the prospector and Preacher Grubb The book introduces Grubb far too late although it works within the confines of the story that Doc is held accountable for someone so unknown to him Frenchy isn t nearly as lecherous as he is in the film He has a working partnership and sticks to his bargain with Elizabeth The ending for each character is flipped from story to story and al. The stories in this book consolidate Dorothy M Johnson's reputation for authenticity and artistic integrity 'Lost Sister' is based on the.
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G story with reat characters and a lot of interesting psychological twists It was made into a very The Man from Beijing good movie starring Gary Cooper as Doc Frail and with areat title song performed by Marty Robbins Johnson was also the author of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance which was made into another Creating Lasting Value great film by John Ford Gave myself a copy of The Hanging Tree for Christmas The stories range fromreat to OK but the collection is well worth the read I love that so many people o to lengths to point out that Dorothy Johnson writes Western literature and not just westerns I am not sure that is a useful distinction but she definitely comes high on my list of beloved authors The Hanging Tree by Dorothy M Johnson is a novella clocking in at 111 pages which I had to read for class I have to say this because if I did not have to read it I would not have continued with this story We follow our main character Doc Frail who killed a man and then moved on but the uilt of having killed him carries the weight of the story as he s constantly thinking of the action that will Montana Dreams get him hung for murder He arrives to theold camp of Skull Creek where he makes money and also practices as the camp s doctor The story actually begins when Elizabeth Armistead accompanying her father out west Immerwelt - Der Pakt get held up on the coach her father is killed and she s left to wander the desert She becomes blinded by the sun and Doc Frail is the one to attend to her at camp We follow their story of her refusing to leave her cabin and Doc slowly realizing he loves herThere are a few things I take issue with this story and the first one is the emotional distance the reader has from the characters I m not areat fan of short stories to begin with I find I just don t care about the characters at all by the end of it but Johnson had 111 pages to make me Modern South Asia give a fuck about Doc and Elizabeth and she failed completely to manifest that emotional connection Elizabeth s portrayal a complete disservice to women ineneral and was the second most frustrating problem with this story When we first meet her she s a lady of fine standing daughter to a man who has lost his money and they are traveling west for a new start so he can teach children However as the story progresses Elizabeth becomes the embodiment of female silliness often written by male contemporaries I expected from a female Western writer and I was sorely disappointedThe blinded Elizabeth is placed in a room to help her recover from her wounds but when Doc tries to Picture Theory get her to walk about the camp to help her recuperate her trauma at being lost in the dessert overcome her and she faints into his arms and refuses to leave her cabin FOR OVER A YEAR She has no idea how the world works makes stupid choices is a complete brat for many chunks of the book then becomes the definition of stubbornness Johnson attempted to mirror her journey with Doc suilt but it failed to a contemporary reader who expects from a heroine With that in mind this piece feels incredible dated drab and frustratingI shall be reviewing Westerns in the next month as this is what we re reading in my class so I m sure you will be hearing me Ancestral Voices gripe about the helpless female portrayal Native Indian stereotypes and the hyper masculinity that wasis uite popular in WesternsPeace out This is the perfect accompaniment to Johnson s The Bloody Bozeman a non fiction history of that trail to theold fields of Montana One can see several of the lives in that history told through the eyes of finely created characters here in these short stories Every tale is satisfying I detect the influence of O Henry. People and an outlaw who share a secret Fully as arresting are 'The Last Boast' 'Journal of Adventure' 'I Woke Up Wicked' and other stori.
Though both work for their respective arcs I think I like the film s better The thing that kind of And Bid Him Sing gets me is the shorthanded way Johnson writes It s sort of a half sentence mid sentence disjointed thought kind of thing Like she siving me the abridged version It s jarring from beginning to end If you re Aristotle Detective (Aristotle going to bother to tell me a story make me fall in love with your characters and your words The character development in the story is fine but it definitely needed firmer footing Not something to suit every taste but for die hard western fans or fans of the movie it s worth reading just for comparison s sake Excellent story I read it because we read Lost Sister in my short story readingroup and I liked it and also because I haven t read a Western in ages We loved Westerns in the 50s but they went out of style They linger and this a Bones, Clones, and Biomes good one I liked the characters and the pace of the story but the ending was a little forced Would have madeood cinema but I don t think they ever made a movie from it Dorothy M Johnson deserves credit The movie based on this novella would have you believe it s mainly a story about a mining camp doctor played by Gary Cooper However in her original version Dorothy Johnson develops fully the character of Elizabeth the lost lady who is brought to him for careLike Rance Foster in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance she is a newcomer in the West whose introduction to the frontier is violent and shattering Each is the victim of a stagecoach holdup Elizabeth s father is killed and she nearly perishes of exposure before being found in the wildRead my review at my blog Dorothy M Johnson wrote the stories that the classic western movies THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and A MAN CALLED HORSE were based on This book leads with THE HANGING TREE that became a movie starring Gary Cooper I haven t seen it but will be seeking it out There are also stories full of very real characters in a West that is real than Bringing the Empire Home genre Contains the following short stories The Hanging Tree on which the Gary Cooper movie is based Lost Sister based on the story of Cynthia Ann Parker the mother of uanah Parker I Woke Up Wicked Journal of Adventure A Time Of Greatness The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid The Last Boast Compelling stories of individualism and the American West Johnson s stories are authentic terse and populated by seemingly common place characters who are affected by and react to remarkable circumstances This collection of stories by Dorothy M Johnson takes its title from the novella that opens the book Set in the early 1860s in a rough and tumble Montana mining camp named Skull Creek the story opens when Dr Joseph Frail rides into town Frail is clearly a haunted man with a mysterious past involving a fire and a dead wifeShortly after arriving in town Doc Frail saves the life of a young sluice robber named Rune Frail initially hides the boy while treating his wound and then forces him to work as his personal man servant Shorly after Doc saves Rune a stagecoach is robbed and several passengers are killed A woman named Elizabeth manages to escape the robbers and wanders lost for several days When the search party finds her she has been temporarily blinded by exposure to the sunDoc takes her in as a patient andradually restores her to health But Elizabeth has come to the oldfields to make her fortune and once back on her feet she is determined to pursue her dream But a lot of other people are hoping to make their fortunes in Skull Creek as well and there s only so much old to Building the Cold War go around Inevitably there soing to be troubleThis is a compellin. Recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker a white woman abducted by the Comanche Indians 'The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid' tells of two married.
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