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Horseman, Pass By: A Novel (English Edition) di [McMurtry, Larry]
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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.


McMurtry has published 21 novels (the best-known listed above). He also operates antiquarian bookshops in Washington DC, Texas and Arizona.

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HASH(0x93e244c8) su 5 stelle Don't Pass This Book By 9 dicembre 2007
Di Caesar Warrington - Pubblicato su
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In 1961 Larry McMurtry's debut, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, would revitalize the image of the cowboy in literature. With the release of the movie HUD (starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal) two years later, it would be the first of many McMurtry stories to be adapted to film.
HUD was a big success: Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal both won Oscars, while Paul Newman's performance in the title role is considered to be one of his finest. Over the years the novel has unfortunately become somewhat obscure, being searched for mostly by those who are fans of the film. But, as is usually the case, book and movie differ significantly in a variety of ways.

Exemplified in the antagonism between the stoic and hardworking Homer Bannon and the arrogant and amoral Scott "Hud" Bannon, HORSEMAN, PASS BY and HUD both present a stark and unsentimental account of the Old West losing ground to the modern world. Nevertheless, McMurtry's novel is less willing to compromise with its message that there are those of us who are simply bad people.

While the movie naturally focuses on its namesake-character, utilizing a handsome and charming Paul Newman to portray him as a deeply flawed but ultimately misunderstood antihero, McMurty's book reads from the perspective of Homer's 17 years old grandson, Lonnie, who witnesses the demise of his grandfather's life and everything the old man spent 80 years of hard work and patience to build. Despite a teenaged boy's likely envy for the older man's independence and easy way with women, Lonnie is mature enough to see little good in Hud. He shows Hud for the swaggering, self-serving, mean-spirited bully that he is. Lonnie knows Hud despises Homer, and realizing that their isn't much he can do about it. So, while Hud spends his time beating up on smaller and weaker men or bedding down married women, Lonnie works hard with his grandfather and a ranch hand named Jesse, admiring and learning from their life experiences. Except for these men, Lonnie's only regular company was the Bannons' young black housekeeper, Halmea.

One important aspect of this book was the situation for blacks--and especially young black women--in 1950s Texas. HUD conveniently sidestepped this issue by turning the black woman Halmea into the hillbilly Alma who was played by Patricia Neal. HORSEMAN'S Halmea is as upfront and outspoken as HUD's Alma. But there the similarities mostly end. Where Alma is middle-aged, hard bitten and tired of men's ways, Halmea is younger, vivacious and attractive. She and Lonnie are relatively close, having whatever friendship the Texas of that time would allow to a white teenager and his family's black housekeeper. While it's obvious that Lonnie is sexually attracted to Halmea, his youth and inexperience as much as her candor with such matters keeps him in check. Unfortunately--and tragically, the same can't be said for Hud. The movie might brim with sexual tension between Hud and Alma, but McMurtry's Halmea despises the man. Hud's evil and debased character is confirmed on the night he beats both Jesse and Lonnie into the ground and rapes Halmea. Afterwards, as he is zipping up, unable to resist any opportunity to further humiliate, he tells to expect this kind of treatment from now on. Halmea knows what's her only option and quits to leaves town the next day. As she explains to the cut and bruised Lonnie...What can she do? She can't stay, because Hud will only do it again. And she can't go to the police, because they will most likely arrest her saying a white man raped her.

No way was this storyline going to be made into a western-oriented motion picture in 1963 America.

Unlikely though it may be, I still would like to see HORSEMAN, PASS BY brought to the big screen once again, this time remaining true to McMurtry's original story. It is a marvelous book, deserving recognition that's equal with McMurtry's later work.
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HASH(0x93d5b090) su 5 stelle Maybe McMurtry's best novel 11 gennaio 2000
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McMurtry's first published novel is maybe his best ever. If you think that Lonesome Dove is classic McMurtry, then you need to read this book. Horseman, Pass By introduced settings, characters, and themes that McMurtry has spent over thirty years defining. The prose is Faulkner dried out on the Texas prarie. The characterization is simple and full. The plot is classic and original. After this book, the reader should see the movie (Hud) and then read about the making of the movie in McMurtry's In a Narrow Grave.
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HASH(0x944a3d50) su 5 stelle Not the movie, but equally good. . . 17 maggio 2004
Di Ronald Scheer - Pubblicato su
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This was Larry McMurtry's first novel, published in 1961, long before "Lonesome Dove." It's also his first of several books set in and around the small Texas town of Thalia. The story was quickly transformed into a Paul Newman film "Hud" in 1963, which is the version of the story most people know. In spirit, the two stories are similar - they are both anti-westerns, in which code of the West is subverted and corrupted by failure of moral character.
But McMurtry's novel tells a story with a darker vision. At the center is Lonnie, the teenager growing up on his grandfather's ranch, and it's through his eyes that we see the cold, self-serving indifference of his uncle Hud. Still a boy, unschooled in much of anything besides the dawn-to-dusk labor of ranch work, Lonnie is no moral center, following his grandfather's example. In many ways, he accepts Hud's violent behavior, his disrespect for the old man, and his ruthless use of women as a kind of norm. In the end, as he leaves the ranch, he takes the first steps toward a life that may well be no more rewarding or purposeful than that of the regretful hired hand Jesse, who gets too drunk to ride his cutting horse in the rodeo.
To streamline the story, the film has scaled back or eliminated interesting key characters like Jesse, another ranch hand Lonzo, a neighbor Hank, and a friend Hermy, who is badly injured trying to ride a bull. Also, by casting a white woman in the role of the black cook Halmea (Patricia Neal's Alma), the film sidesteps a racial dimension that the novel brings to the story.
So for readers who know and like the film, this is a very different telling of the story and well worth reading. As usual in McMurtry's early novels, there is a richly detailed capturing of character, speech, and setting. He knows these people inside and out, how they think, talk, and behave. He also totally deromanticizes ranch work, representing it as mercilessly hot, dusty, and exhausting. The small-town rodeo, with its drinking, womanizing cowboys, fares little better. I heartily recommend this novel for anyone interested in the rural West and ranching, along with McMurtry's more melancholy but less bleak "Leaving Cheyenne."
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HASH(0x93e26a98) su 5 stelle Evocative but nebulous 4 giugno 2001
Di IRA Ross - Pubblicato su
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Larry McMurtry does an excellent job in the presentation of cattle country in 1950's Texas. You can literally see all the dust, smell the sweat of the cowhands, and sense the rising panic of cattle about to be dispatched to their deaths. The book is narrated by 17 year old Lonnie, a sensitive young man on the verge of manhood and who has, unbeknownst to himself, reached a turning point in his life. His granddad, Homer, whom Lonnie dearly loves, is an aged cattle rancher of long standing. Homer is a hardworking, honest, fair and decent man, who through circumstances beyond his control, experiences a great loss that changes his life and livelihood forever. Homer also has to contend with Hud, who though charming to women, is one of the most evil characters ever presented in a work of literature. My main problem with the novel is that Hud's motivations for his various acts are never clearly presented. Although Hud threatens Homer from time to time to sell off his land, it appears that more than just greed is at work here. Without any warning, McMurtry allows Hud to swoop down on his perceived prey to do as much damage as he can. Hud makes no attempts to excuse or explain his actions, but just walks away practically unchallenged.
On the whole, despite McMurtry's very colorful writing, I found reading this seemingly unfinished book a rather unsatisfying experience.
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HASH(0x942ba744) su 5 stelle He ain't got no slowdown to him 22 marzo 2008
Di H. Schneider - Pubblicato su
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I have not seen the movie, so the differences in the story don't concern me (though from what I read about it, the fact that the racist angle was taken out is culturally significant). The title of the book was somehow familiar, but I had no clear idea who LMM is. Then I bought the book after recommendation by the Emperor, and found out that I am quite familiar with the writer, only I never memorized the name. However the aquaintance is from movies: Brokeback Mountain, Terms of Endearment, Last Picture Show. A good reference list.
The book is a lesson in efficient story telling. Calling it a Western evokes images of cowboys, rodeos, fights between men about everything under the sun, but in first place about property and in second place about women. And then we think of country and weather, mostly of the dry variety, and of animals: cattle, horses, rattlers, vultures, bullfrogs.
This is all there, but the idea is also misleading.
We are actually in a multiple conflict zone: between generations, between individuals and the government, between races, between master and servant. This is a story from the world of work on a ranch, and the work process is central. It is not a romantic novel, but one from the world of industry.
The plot centers on a man's fight against fate and age. He is not a quitter, but Foot and Mouth Disease is a rancher's version of a disastrous epidemic. And a young rival without scruples is a bad match for an octogenarian.
If I may look for something mildly critical to say: the narration is not trying hard to build suspense. It is oddly aloof. The narrator is strangely absent despite his multiple involvement: he is not taking sides. He is a young man of 17 without real emotions, it seems.
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