This classic collection of nonfiction essays about life in New Mexico by the great Tony Hillerman remains a must listen for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. The engaging pieces in The Great Taos Bank Robbery unveil the life and magic one experiences in the Land of Enchantment.
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"This collection is the essence of Hillerman, which is always instructive fun." (New Mexican)
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Yes, it’s Tony Hillerman from his first youthful stories as a cub reporter. He was amazing from the very beginning, when no one knew his name other than the local readers. Immediately, you feel the same quick-witted, careful observation that’s part of his novels; but also, his warmth, humility, humor, and love of New Mexico.
This edition of The Great Taos Bank Robbery has even more stories than the first release, and a foreword written by Hillerman's daughter, who is just as enchanting as her father.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. C.S. Lewis
Tony's old school journalism training and talent are displayed well in this collection. I purchased this book for background research on some fiction I'm writing, and the stories were much more varied and entertaining than I expected. The title piece is pure entertainment, but other stories are more sober as Tony writes about the people and the culture of New Mexico. I'm not a personal fan of desert climates, but reading Tony's collection makes me want to visit New Mexico.
Tony Hillerman has the concise descriptive style that appears expansive when exercised on the scale necessary for the landscape. That style comes from much practice. While many of these earlier works are verbose by comparison, they do show humor and a real feeling for the subject matter. The narrator tends to go into a monotone when the story get verbose and drawn out. He reads alot of it as if it were a text book, not an entertainment.
All things considered, I enjoyed and recommend this book.
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