Horseman, Pass By

Horseman, Pass By

by Larry McMurtry


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ISBN-13: 9780684853857
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/25/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.


Archer City, Texas

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1936

Place of Birth:

Wichita Falls, Texas


B.A., North Texas State University, 1958; M.A., Rice University, 1960. Also studied at Stanford University.

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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.

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Horseman, Pass By 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was the first McMurtry book that I read and I believe that it was quite good, despite my reluctance to read westerns. McMurtry's style was much more down to earth than say Lamour or Hillerman. His writing portrayed the prairie in a desolate way but also showed that it was full of life. He also did a great job of showing how frustrating and confusing it would be as a teenager, an pseudo orphan even, growing up on the outskirts of middle of nowhere town. The narration of Lonnie was very similar to what I remember as a teenager at that age. The most moving passages to me in the book had to deal with the Grandfather and his feelings about the ranch. Also, the slaughter of the infected cattle. There were very few overdone stereotypes or exaggerations of cliche scenes. I think I will be reading more of his work.
RodV on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I've seen the movie Hud so many times that it probably colored my perception of this book too much while I was reading it, and I'm sure I would have enjoyed Horseman, Pass By more if I had never seen the movie which was adapted from it; that said, I still enjoyed it a great deal. McMurtry's a terrific writer and his concise yet often aridly poetic prose captures the feel of coming of age in a small western town in the mid-20th century perfectly.Those who come to the book after having seen the movie will probably be shocked by the book's portrayal of the Hud character. In the movie, the titular character of Hud is a charming, likable (no doubt the benefit of being portrayed by the charismatic Paul Newman), although entirely self-interested rapscallion. In Horseman, Hud is something closer to a sociopath--a charming cad, still, but colder, more vicious, and even more indifferent to the feelings of other human beings. It makes the character as portrayed in the book a lot harder to take, but like the movie, the book isn't really about Hud so much as it is about Lonnie, and his Granddad, and their relationship to each other and to the changing West.I highly recommend both the book and the movie, but I have to admit that as fine as Horseman, Pass By is, the images from Hud are what is going to stick with me.
kcarp on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This one is not necessarily my cup of tea, but I could see how Larry McMurtry is loved by many. That said, I kept expecting it to turn into Shane. And I'm wondering how the movie based on this book is named after its least likable character.
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