Posted by Gayle on April 20, 1998 at 09:53:17:
In Reply to: Re: Soundtracks posted by gus on April 20, 1998 at 08:56:53:
While Hawkeye, and often times clint in his westerns(with the exception of Unforgiven) are almost like superheroes. Instead of x-ray vision, they have snake like reflexes and pin point accuracy, at any range. That is not a critisism....I love these movies, I just think Lonesome Dove is a story about heroes...that are REAL people too.
I like your observation about the hero qualities. And I agree that there is a point beyond which a reader or viewer cannot suspend reality to accept the hero's super-everything. It is much more enjoyable to read about people who, now and then, make a mistake or miss the target like the rest of us flawed "creaturs". As to Hawkeye, Cooper tried to make him humanly fallible, but he took his marksmanship to ridiculous levels - to the point that I found myself occasionally rooting for the opposition.
The characters in Lonesome Dove were wonderful, just because they were so human. That was a book I read more than once, and it was so perfect that I didn't even want sequels. As a novel, it was a SATISFYING experience.
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