Mr. Death and the Redheaded Woman
6 journalers for this copy...
This is a wonderful little fable that borrows elements of traditional folk tales and moves them into the Old West. Feisty Maude Applegate, the redhead of the title, chases after Mr. Death when her beloved Billy-be-damn Bangtry is gunned down in a saloon. What'll it take to make Mr. Death let Billy live? Simple enough story - but the language is what sends this into my "favorites" list:
"But Maude Applegate, she'd rode high and she'd rode low, she'd stood thirst and she'd stood hunger, she'd like to killed her daddy's pretty little pinto; furthermore, she was a redheaded woman and she wasn't goin' to be laughed at so. She took and cussed out Mr. Death good. She tole him that where she came from no gentleman laughed at no lady in her true trouble, and she'd thank him to mind his manners with her, and she'd like to know who brought him up anyhow?"So of course he takes her home to meet his granny, and...
Please journal the book when you receive it, and PM the next person in line for their address so you'll have it handy when you've finished the book. Try to read the book reasonably promptly [it's quite short], then journal your comments and pass it along. Hope you all enjoy it!
I sent this to BCer 16stepper on May 13, to kick off the bookray.
This is a delightful story with a memorable protagonist, Maude Applegate, the Redheaded Woman of the title and a woman after my own heart. Here is my favorite quote from the book:
Maude Applegate was so mad she could of cried, but she didn't do no such of a thing, since she was a redheaded woman, and besides, somethin' better come to her mind.
I will reluctantly send this book along to AmberLee17, but not until I've read it a few more times!
Did you notice that the front cover art is a variation on the the same scene shown in the interior of the book? I will send this on to Leanne345, but reluctantly.
Thanks for sharing this with us, GD. It's a winner!
There are many wonderful lines, I liked those you both picked. Did you note this one near the beginning? It sent a quiver down my spine. "We was scared, all us little uns, and the grown folks, too, only to them he [Mr. Death] seemed more familiar." Some of the word choices were quite marvelous.