Get Shorty (Chili Palmer #1)
“A Hollywood hit….Taut, inimitable prose and characters who could have only sprung from the mind of Elmore Leonard.”
The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Elmore Leonard, “the coolest, hottest writer in America.” In the same league as the legendary great ones—John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain—the “King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times) demonstr...more
Chili Palmer is a small time loan shark in Miami who once got into a beef with another gangster, Ray Barboni, who has held a grudge...more
One of the rules, and it hasn’t failed yet, is to make as many new friends as possible. I can do this on trips, because there’s so much wide open space of solitude that it’s hardly an intrusion. I’ll talk to anyone. I’ll talk to a lamppost....more
The value of this book is watching a collection of characters and the shallowness of movie-making. It was different and good. But I can’t say I really liked it. Each time I put it down I had no desire to get back to it.
THE DRAW IS CHILI’S CHARACTER:
Chili is a wise guy loan shark. He doesn’t use a gun. His style of intimidation is quiet, making the victim imagine bad things will happen if he doesn’t p...more
What makes Leonard's writing shine is the dialogue; you've heard the overused "dialogue crackles" rave? Well Leonard really delivers...this is why his novels ma...more
My parents had a lot of these kicking around the house, so there was a period where I picked them up whenever I ran out books.
Chilli Palmer is a great character - noth...more
Here I am trying to plot out my next book and along comes this gem which is basically a meta-exploration of story-telling, from that first glint of a good idea, to the way it falls apart on you, again and again, but can be bolstered with flashes of insight and workshopping with others.
This scene kills me, where a shylock asks a drug dealer if he knows how to write a screenplay, and the dealer responds,
All this just serves to take a lot of pressure off the narrative, and gives Leonard's twisting plots plenty of room to play.
"Get Shorty" is a prime example of this. The main character is a loan shark with mob ties...more
You can rely on Elmore Leonard to tell you the hell of a good story : this is probably one of his best stories ever ! And Barry Sonnenfeld turned it in a very good movie with John Travolta as an amazing C...more
This story is great because it weaves real life and hollywood movies together (in a book!) and many of the charact...more
Chili is the archetypal anti-hero, a guy not scared to knock some heads and able to make people do what he wants as easy as shooting them one of his 'dead eyed'...more
"What do you do?"
Chili watched the movie star hunch over, narrowing his shoulders. For a few moments he held his hands together in front of him, getting a shifty look in his eyes. ...
"Guy owes me fifteen large and takes off, I go after him," the movie star said. ...
"You're squinting, like you're trying to look mean or you need glasses. Look at me. I'm thinking, You're...more