“Elkhorn Tavern has the beauty of Shane and the elegiac dignity of Red River without the false glamour or sentimentality of those classic Western films... Mr. Jones is at home among the ridges and hardwoods of a frontier valley... He holds us still and compels us to notice what we live in.”—The New York Times Book Review
From Douglas C. Jones, an author the Los Angeles Times called "a superb storyteller and authentic chronicler of the American West," comes a classic Civil War novel, long out of print but considered one of the great titles of the genre.
With her husband gone east to fight for the Confederate Army, Ora Hasford is left alone to tend to her Arkansas farm and protect her two teenage children, Calpurnia and Roman. But only a short distance away, in the shadow of Pea Ridge, a storm is gathering. In a clash to decide control over the western front, two opposing armies prepare for a brutal, inevitable battle. Beset by soldiers, bushwhackers, and jayhawkers, the Hasfords' home stands unprotected in what will soon be one of the worst battlegrounds in the West.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Douglas C. Jones was a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award, as well as the recipient of their Owen Wister Award of Lifetime Achievement. A native of Arkansas, Jones died in 1998.
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What People are Saying About This
"Elkhorn Tavern is undoubtedly Douglas Jones's finest novel. The characters are unforgettable, the atmosphere wonderfully detailed, the action and suspense skillfully maintained."
-Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
"Elkhorn Tavern has the beauty of Shane and the elegiac dignity of Red River without the false glamour or sentimentality of those classic Western films... Mr. Jones is at home among the ridges and hardwoods of a frontier valley... He holds us still and compels us to notice what we live in."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Douglas C. Jones writes what might be called historical novels, but they are much more than that. They are stirring word pictures of the way things really were in this country not so long ago... Elkhorn Tavern is even better than the books that preceded it."
"Jones is a meticulous craftsman whose dialects, dialogues, settings and sayings seem so right and natural that one has the satisfying feeling of having read a novel without one false note."
-San Francisco Sunday Examiner
"A fine, uncompromising, unusually angled piece of Civil War fiction-from a master of gritty historical[s]."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Civil War comes to the Hasford family's home in a secluded Arkansas valley. Father Martin Hasford is off somewhere with the Confederate army, leaving behind wife Ora and a teen-aged daughter and son. Confederate-leaning Ora lives by the philosophy that "when you're decent to folks, it always comes home." That philosophy is tested by the Battle of Pea Ridge, fought around their home, and by armed raids by both bushwhackers and jayhawkers leading up to and following the battle.The author describes in detail the family, their home, the hard work necessary to maintain their subsistence-level farm, the soldiers, the partisans, and the battle, yet these descriptions never slow the pace of the story or the building dread of the inevitable crisis. Since I'm interested in family history and 19th century migration patterns, I liked the way the author incorporated the Hasford's German roots into the story. I was fascinated by the ethnic diversity of the characters, including people from German, Jewish, Native American, and African American backgrounds. It's not a book I'm likely to read again, but I'm very glad I've read it once. Warmly recommended to readers of historical fiction, western fiction, and Civil War aficionados.
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*Stumbles drunkenly to the ship.*
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A good civil war story concerning families of those left behind. The story actually uses towns and locals mostly in north-western Arkansas. This would make a good movie.
This book is filled with so much extreme detail that it brings your mind into the battle at Elkhorn Tavern. It talks about a family that the husband, Martin, is enlisted in the Confederate army. The family, Ora the wife, Calpurnia the daughter, and Roman the son try to survive this thriller. Instead of evacuating the town, the romans decide to stay through the war and eventually experience the devastation of the Union victory at Pea Ridge.