El Paso

El Paso

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic. Long fascinated with the Mexican Revolution and the vicious border wars of the early 20th century, Winston Groom brings to life a much-forgotten period of history in this sprawling saga of heroism, injustice, and love. An episodic novel set in six parts, El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa, a much-feared outlaw and revolutionary, against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known as the Colonel, whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781631492242
Characteristics: xii, 477 pages ; 24 cm

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noltec
Aug 11, 2017

This book which has it all--love, loss, betrayal, intrigue, conflict, trigger-happy, powerful men, with some fascinating historical characters! Pancho Villa, General Patton, railroad tycoons, bull fighters, strong women, adorable children--so many twists and turns taking place in the wild west territories of Texas and Mexico. It is a bit long, and drags just a bit in places, but you'll want to keep traveling through to see what happens to these engaging characters.

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Rock_Shadow
Jan 09, 2017

Good story telling. Though not a historical fiction, the book introduces several historical characters and events from the early 20th century Mexican revolution, including fierce Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army. An adventuresome old industrialist Colonel Shaughnessy and his family become the reflection of the United States enterprising spirit, both for their (waning) wealth and their tenacity. The two men, Villa and Colonel, fight for what they value the most, and their fight is mostly close and personal.

The book did so well with story-telling that sent me to the library for follow up on the period's history, on both sides of the border. The male characters are better defined than the female ones, with none of them too deep. It's a cowboys, villains, and Indians wilderness saga that takes us to the deserts and the mountains of North Mexico. We are entertained by a few quirky characters and multitude of events, including bullfight and fiesta, but the ultimate winner is the landscape.

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