HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #23: Pronto by Elmore Leonard
Recently, I’ve become unhealthily obsessed with FX’s “Justified” and in honor of the Season 3 finale airing tonight, I picked up Leonard’s first Raylan Givens novel, Pronto, this past weekend. In terms of book to film/television adaptations, I’m not a purist. I think it’s irrelevant whether the book matches the adaptation exactly. Ideally, I want to book and the movie to offer me two distinct, enjoyable experiences.
Shame on reading me for failing to read an Elmore Leonard crime novel before. Because the dialogue is unbelievably great. It’s sharp, it’s snappy, it’s sassy. Every carefully chosen word adds something – whether it’s exposing a character’s motivations, pushing the plot along or making you giggle out loud. The language is so precise, and so beautiful, that no real conversation could ever be so fluid. But it still feels real, and familiar, because Leonard writes conversations the way we rehearse them in our heads. When you practice a conversation, you imagine that each word lands with its full meaning, pauses are significant and there are zero miscommunications. That’s how Leonard writes, and it is wonderful to read.