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Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
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Oct 26, 2011

it was amazing

Midnight Cowboy is one of those books that has not profited from the reputation of its far-better-known movie version. Almost everyone has seen the great John Schlessinger movie of the sixties but very few have read the source novel, also called Midnight Cowboy. And what a shame! Herlihy’s novel is so beautifully written and executed that you fall into its spell with the first sad story of the Texan loner Joe Buck and his long voyage to the mean streets of New York City. Every incident and characterization is perfectly rendered and the reader instantly forgets that he or she is reading a novel. That is the highest praise a novel can receive. Herlihy’s reputation as one of America’s finest novelists would probably have been better served if the movie had been less successful and more people had read the book. There’s still time to change all that.
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