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« on: April 14, 2004, 02:08:48 PM »

Gone to Texas/the Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales
by Forrest Carter
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; (November 1989)
ISBN: 0826311687

The first story Gone to Texas was the basis for the movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales" .  The most significant difference is:
there was no killing of those who took the offered amnesty and
Josey and his younger partner robbed a bank of a "yankee" payroll.  This is when the younger partner got shot.  

The movie version, with the killing of those who took the amnesty offer, made the main character easier to identify with.

Beyond that the movie more or less follows the books story line.

The Vengance Trail takes place 4 to 5 years after the GTT book ends.  It's as well written as GTT.  Some of the characters from the first book are either killed or kidnapped by a renegade band from down south.  Josey Wales, due to his Hill Folks belief structures, is honor bound to go and fetch them back.  He does that.

Both stories are somewhat graphic in descriptions. The Vengance story has some gratitious sex that could probably have been toned down or handled in a different way.

Both stories fit in the "epic quest" category.

The author is a storyteller with the Cherokee nation and has written a couple of other books.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Matthew 7:3
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