Horseman, Pass by

Horseman, Pass by

Book - 2002 | 1st Scribner paperback fiction ed.
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove comes the novel that became the basis for the film Hud, starring Paul Newman. In classic Western style Larry McMurtry illustrates the timeless conflict between the modernity and the Old West through the eyes of Texas cattlemen.

Horseman, Pass By tells the story of Homer Bannon, an old-time cattleman who epitomizes the frontier values of honesty and decency, and Hud, his unscrupulous stepson. Caught in the middle is the narrator, Homer's young grandson Lonnie, who is as much drawn to his grandfather’s strength of character as he is to Hud's hedonism and materialism.

When first published in 1961, Horseman, Pass By caused a sensation in Texas literary circles for its stark, realistic portrayal of the struggles of a changing West in the years following World War II. Never before had a writer managed to encapsulate its environment with such unsentimental realism. Today, memorable characters, powerful themes, and illuminating detail make Horseman, Pass By vintage McMurtry.

Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2002.
Edition: 1st Scribner paperback fiction ed.
ISBN: 9780684853857
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 02, 2017

McMurtry wrote so realistically in detail about what life and values were like on a ranch in those days. I felt sympathetic to nearly all the characters except Hud. I can't figure out how Hollywood came out with a movie named Hud when Hud the character appeared so little in the story. McMurtry sure knew how to tug at my feelings for the various characters, especially the maid. I had no idea McMurtry had written so many books, as I was only familiar with Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. Guess I've got a lot of his books to read, as the others have been well worth it.

Oct 19, 2012

Larry McMurtry’s “Horseman, Pass By” is a western and a coming-of-age story set in Texas at a specific time: July 1954. Lonnie, a seventeen year-old, lives with his grand-father and step-grand-mother, and much older step-brother, Hud, on a large ranch. His grand-father is eighty-six and still actively working. He’s a cattleman of the old west: a man of great integrity and past. Hud is wild and grasping: a man whose behaviour presages an ominous future. Lonnie finds himself pulled between these two dominating men and the west they represent. He’s disposition is inclined to his grand-father but Hud’s world seems attractive. Within a month, a catastrophe strikes the ranch. Lonnie strikes out on his own, but where he goes is left uncertain.


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