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Horseman, Pass By

Horseman, Pass By

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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The New York Times Excellent...a tough, nostalgic narrative of a young man growing up in Texas.

Best Sellers Echoes of James Jones and Thomas Wolfe...notable and unique.

The New York Times Book Review Larry McMurtry is "a poet, a resonant scene-setter, and a master of voice."

The Houston Post What an imagination he has! When it comes to spinning a good yarn, few writers do it better than McMurtry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684853857
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
06/25/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
597,729
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
The New York Times Excellent...a tough, nostalgic narrative of a young man growing up in Texas.

Best Sellers Echoes of James Jones and Thomas Wolfe...notable and unique.

The New York Times Book Review Larry McMurtry is "a poet, a resonant scene-setter, and a master of voice."

The Houston Post What an imagination he has! When it comes to spinning a good yarn, few writers do it better than McMurtry.

Meet the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Archer City, Texas
Date of Birth:
June 3, 1936
Place of Birth:
Wichita Falls, Texas
Education:
B.A., North Texas State University, 1958; M.A., Rice University, 1960. Also studied at Stanford University.

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Horseman, Pass By 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While some might consider it 'slow and pointless', I would contend that they are simply unable to appreciate the book. McMurtry's story is a wonderful study in the conflicting worlds in contemporary Texas: the modern world, filled with its glitz, glammor, and wantoness (as characterized best by Hud), and traditional Texas, with its hard work, drudgery, and honor (as characterized by Granddad). Caught between the clash is the narrator Lonnnie, not an uncommon position for those of us growing up in Texas, unable to decide down which path we will lead our beloved land.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Texas I grew up in. I know these characters like I know my own grandparents. McMurtry nails them and their struggle better than anyone could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I like the movie 'Hud' which wsa based on this. I thought the novel might be different but it hard to believe the two are the same. Lonnie narrates the book and carries the story but he comes off as a petulent, self-centered redneck. When a life changing event happens - like when Hud kills his grandfather - Lonnie just seems to shrug it off with no remorse because it didn't affect him directly after all he was still alive. the writng is sparse and epsodic and the supporting characters forgettable. This book was written in the 1960's and it hasn't dated well. Do yourself a favor and rent the movie 'Hud" and avoid this pointless exercise in nothingness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You cannot read Larr McMurtry without reading this novel!
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TheAnonymousDude More than 1 year ago
I have been avoiding Larry McMurtry for decades. I think it is because of the mini-series thing. Some of those require a little too much suspension of belief, relying mostly on charming actors to carry the ball. I recently read his Hollywood memoir, in which he not only disowns a lot of the mini-series, but proves to be a charming guy in his own right. So, I took a chance on Horseman, Pass By. Very dark. Not the best book I've ever read, but one of the best I think. If you are expecting light charming reading, probably not so much. But as a work of art, I highly recommend!
JSCobb More than 1 year ago
The twentieth century has brought many technological marvels, from automobiles and airplanes to computers and wireless communication. These advances have all served to bring the world closer, but not without a price. The once vast and unspoiled Western frontier has been compressed and in some cases, eliminated. The cowboy and his way of life, which is so dependent on the isolation afforded by those wide open spaces, is all but gone. Modern vehicles in the book Horseman, Pass By symbolize the disappearance of the cowboy culture and the emergence of an urban society where the horse once reigned supreme.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one pointless book. I felt like I wanted to call Larry McMurtry and ask him to send my money back personally. SLOW and POINTLESS. Save your time and money and skip this book