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The Unforgiven (The Classic Film Collection)

The Unforgiven The Classic Film Collection In this epic American novel which served as the basis for the classic film directed by John Huston a family is torn apart when an old enemy starts a vicious rumor that sets the range aflame

  • Title: The Unforgiven (The Classic Film Collection)
  • Author: Alan LeMay
  • ISBN: 9780843961713
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In this epic American novel, which served as the basis for the classic film directed by John Huston, a family is torn apart when an old enemy starts a vicious rumor that sets the range aflame.

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    1. The Unforgiven is a very internse and powerful book set in the rugged Texas panhandle (circa 1874). Central to the plot is the Zachary family: mother "Tilda" (worn down mentally), oldest brother Ben and surrogate father (24 years of age - the father, Zach, had drowned four years before in a river cattle crossing), brother Cash (21 years), sister Rachael (17 years) and Andy (16 years). The family are ranchers striving to eke out a living. Rachel is not the biological child of Zach and Tilda, but [...]

    2. Going into this novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm familiar with the movie version of The Searchers, starring John Wayne, but I had not read the novel. Neither had I read this book, nor seen its movie incarnation. Awhile back, I came across it on and added it to my Watchlist to get to sometime in the future. Then good ole , thought enough to recommend the book to me, which is available for borrowing, free for Prime users. So, I thought I'd tackle the book first. Given the extremely short [...]

    3. I thought the writing was very good, very authentic. The author has no problem bumping off major characters and in the end handles Rachael's origins in a very interesting way. I don't know if the author was reflecting the bigotry of 1957 or 1874 but it was a bit uncomfortable with the Kiowa being called non human, half human or "red niggers" - an expression I had never heard before. Not your typical western and even better than LeMay's "The Searchers"

    4. Alan LeMay, even if he had written nothing else, would be long remembered as a very fine writer of western novels because of his two best: The Searchers and The Unforgiven. The Searchers, of course, was made into a much loved John Wayne movie, and in 1960 The Unforgiven was made into a film starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn. Both the book and film versions of The Unforgiven are somewhat overshadowed by those of The Searchers, but, in a way, their stories are almost mirror images of each [...]

    5. I had never heard of this author before, but I recognized the title from the old 1960's movie staring Burt Lancaster. The first part of the book read a bit like 'Little House on the Prairie' but for adults. Lot's of small incidents that lead up to the big showdown at the end. The story is basically a tale of betrayal and prejudice against a frontier family who's adopted daughter is suspected of being stolen from the local Kiowa tribe. Neither the Kiowa's, nor their neighbors appreciate that. It' [...]

    6. First-rate realistic traditional Western set in 1874 along the Texas Panhandle. Full-fledged characters. I also liked the vivid details given about the cattle drives, life in a soddy house (not for me), and violent clashes with the Kiowas Indians. The novel's main strife pivots on the true identity of the 17-year-old Rachel Zachary who may or may not be of Kiowa blood. A rousing stand-off occurs at the climatic ending. A movie of the book was made starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn, thou [...]

    7. There is a secret within the Zachary family, their only daughter, Rachael, may be of Kiowa blood. With neighbors ready to tell the tale and accusing the Zachary's of being "Indian Lovers" and War chiefs within the Kiowa nation ready to take back what is theirs, Rachael and her family must face the past and survive the future.I can see why this was made into a movie, it's a fantastic story and I rate it among the best I have ever read.

    8. An emotionally challenging book. Very well written. Leaving all the heartache as implication rather than spelling it all out. Excellent accurate period data. Nicely done. I will probably seek out The Searchers.

    9. This is quite simply an excellent western that surpasses ninety percent of all westerns. Nothing about Alan LeMay is contrived, and he presents a side of the frontier west that is both gritty and adventurous. He writes with far greater literary skill than one of my other favorite western writers Louis L'Amour, and he knows the west and lets his abundant knowledge filter through both the characters and the setting. Even if you don't like westerns because of their formulaic quality, you'll like Le [...]

    10. This may appear to be a cowboy book but it is really a discussion of nature versus nurture: which factor has the greatest influence on our character: our biological ancestors, or the circumstances of our upbringing? The characters are complex and well-written, and the plot is interesting and intricate. I think it is fair in presenting how the US Government used the Army to violently invade Native American territory, encouraged economically disadvantaged whites to settle to expand the nation, and [...]

    11. Well written Alan LeMay is worth your time to read. He is not as good as Zane Grey or Louis LaMore but he spins a great tale.

    12. Keeps one's attentionNot a thriller but good enough. Interesting historical detail. Would read another lemay novel.Six more words are required .

    13. When “The Unforgiven” by Alan Le May showed up on my Kindle, I remembered the movie with Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn and how much I liked it. I also know that I used to love good western novels and that there haven’t been many lately. I bought it, read it, and the glorious past was revived.Alan Le May died in 1964 at 65 and doesn’t, at this point, have any interest in what I think of his book. In truth, a review of the novel seems a little incongruous unless you are looking for a g [...]

    14. This is a solid book but has some problems. The author does action scenes really well but his emotional scenes are lacking.Rachel finds out that she is not biologically related to her family. There should have been massive confusion, anguish, and loss of identity, and it's implied but glossed over in favor of, "I am not related to my brother! Maybe I can marry him" which I find completely disgusting and creepy. When I mentally put myself in the same position, the idea of suddenly having romantic [...]

    15. I'm somewhere between a 3- and a 4-star rating for this book. On the one hand I really admired the depth of detail in this novel. From the specific kind of guns the family used and the ammunition required, to the history of the Texas Longhorn and the difficulty of driving them to market, to the differences between the tribes of Indians the Zachary family had dealings with, this book is an impressive achievement. On the other hand, it took me nearly two months to read it. Even though it was alway [...]

    16. I don't often read westerns; I think the last one might have been Lonesome Dove. To me they seem formulaic stuff, churned out in vast numbers, like romance novels but with horses.The Unforgiven has proven this view to be very wrong. The Zachary family live on Dancing Bird Creek in the Texas panhandle, far from their nearest neighbours. They live in a sod house dug into the ground and fortified against the marauding Kiowa, who routinely mount brutal attacks against settlers under the full moon.Si [...]

    17. This was a freebie offer from so I gave it a shot. I'd seen the movie years ago (Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy) and was curious about the book. Well, I've got mixed feelings about it. The writing style was very choppy, and tended to end chapters with a cliffhanger ("It would be the last time they laughed together as a family." The descriptive language was very good, and I could easily imagine what their life on the frontier was like, although the dialogue often had me scratching [...]

    18. 'The Unforgiven' by Alan LeMay is a classic western set in early Texas. In this book the Indians are bad and the Texans are good, which isn't politically correct in this day and age. That was an era of racial hatred amidst the Indian Wars and the story reflects just that. However, I still found this to be a well-written, interesting read that was made into a classic western movie. I've seen the movie a few times over the years and couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this on my Kindles.

    19. The author also wrote "The Searchers". I thought that this book was the basis for the Clint Eastwood movie with a similar title.but, no. More about the late 19th century north Texans and the Comanches. A good Western. I shouldn't say anything, but I felt a peculiar sexual quality to this story. You did too, right?

    20. Having seen the movie multiple times, I had a good vision of how everything looked, but the story was the star here. The movie followed the theme to a certain extent with the inevitable changes in character and plot that happens with novel adaptations. If you like Westerns, you should take the time to read this very entertaining book.

    21. This story, made into a movie starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn is a good one. I love Westerns, this was a good one but not great to read. I think the movie was better. This book dragged in part with a lot of time consuming explanation and description.

    22. Fun western fiction- I liked it because it takes place near where we lived in Oklahoma and talks about the Chisolm Trail which is something we learned about at a museum while we were there. Fun to switch things up a bit.

    23. Great book. Riveting, lots of drama, mystery, and action. Some of the sentences are a little clunky and will require re-reading to understand. May be offensive for some, the book is certainly not PC.

    24. This was an uncomfortable read. The American Indians are the bad guys - never mind that their lands and way of life are being continually disrupted by the incursions of the settlers. Everybody's life was hard but we were only expected to have sympathy for the settlers.

    25. Hard to believe this was written 60 years agoNot to be confused with the great Clint Eastwood movie of the same name, this book by Alan Le May is one of the reasons why westerns took off in popularity in the 1950's. Cowboys and Indians and a whole bunch of bad blood.

    26. I loved this book, a great portrayal of the difficult life of settlers/ranchers on the Texas Panhandle Plains, facing the threat of Kiowa Indian attacks. A great story, just as the author's The Searchers is. The ending to The Unforgiven left me feeling spent. I will have to see the movie now!

    27. No rating because I stopped reading around page 50. Unless you enjoy reading pages and pages of descriptions about the Western plains and family life in the 19th century (hint: it's dull) then I suggest not reading it.

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