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Midnight Cowboy

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Gritty Classic

    Out of all the new literary efforts that revolutionized publishing in the 1960s, "Midnight Cowboy," in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above them all. It's a classic "hooker with a heart of gold" tale, except the hooker is a guy and he doesn't realize he has a heart of gold until after he practically kills a man for boring him half to death. The novel is full of so many great monologues, one featuring the aforementioned almost-murdered man is a masterpiece of personal illumination, and Herlihy captures the underbelly of 1960s New York with a precision that says "I've been there." He has an authentic voice, his characters are immortal, and for me the ending of the book was especially touching. It was about the same as in the movie, but more moving on the printed page. Joe Buck has experienced unconditional love for another person, and he is astonished with himself. Five stars. Great Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Yo ratso

    I saw the movie when it came out. Wonderful movie made you think. Glad its a movie and not a true story. Sad funny you cant go wrong Dustin Hoffman Jon Voit good stuff. Always wanted to see if the book was as good.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

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    Wow What An Eye-Opener!

    Poor Joe, it seems like he never had a chance in life having been raised by prostitutes and then a grandmother like figure who took no time to raise him with love or caring concern. Joe is one of those individuals that life just happens to. Clearly not educated to a level needed to thrive in such a large city environment like New York, Joe just manages to survive on the fringes of society. When he finally makes a friend of Rizzo, his fortune begins to change and Joe's life starts to take on new significance. As Joe works to get his friend Rizzo out of New York, there is a new purpose to his actions and thinking. The responsibility of taking care of his friend Rizzo helps point Joe in new and meaningful directions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    American disillusionment

    This work delves into the dark side of American urban life and failure in the pursuit of the American dream by the disadvantaged among us.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Great read!

    I enjoyed this book,and haveing never seen the movie...i came to it with an open mind. I was not disappointed! I highly recommend it!

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