RARA-AVIS: Leonard's When the women come out...

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Aug 2003

I highly recommend Elmore Leonard's short-story collection, When the Women Come Out to Dance_. The collection shows Leonard as a complete artist. His story _Chikasaw Charlie Hoke_ is as good as a good Ring Lardner sports story. In
_Hanging Out at the Buena Vista_, Leonard out-Cheever's Cheever. And so on.

My conclusion, after reading this volume and the previous one, _The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories_, is that, had he applied himself to the form, Leonard could have been on the list of essential short-story writers.

Readers should be warned that The Tonto Woman is duplicated from the previous volume. (How hard would it have been for Leonard, a master of fiction, to write a new story especially for this collection?)

A full review of this will appear elsewhere, perhaps. These collections have a way of disappearing from print, so I suggest pouncing, now.

Best regards,


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