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

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  • Editore: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edizione (24 maggio 2010)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B003NE6HKC
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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Becoming A Man 12 febbraio 2014
Di BirdieTracy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Larry McMurtry has been one of my favorite writers for a very long time now. He has always had a knack for bringing out emotions in me. He has made me laugh out loud hysterically in the night (which wasn't necessarily hysterically funny to my husband- asleep next to me) and weep at how pitiless the world can be. He has shown how achingly beautiful love can be and how terribly sad loss is. I can only think of a couple of other writers who have had this effect on me.

This is the first time I've read this book. While the movie starring Paul Newman centered around Hud, a character in the story, the book is really the story of Lonnie, a 17 year old young man on the cusp of adulthood.

One one side of Lonnie is his grandfather, Homer, an honest hardworking old world type of man who runs his ranch and raises his grandson. On the other is Hud, Homer's stepson. Hud is not a good man. He does what he wants, takes what he wants and seems to be very good at avoiding the consequences of his actions. He resents his stepfather and makes no effort to hide the fact that he intends to get the ranch one way or another. On one dark night these two men will inadvertently take what is left of Lonnie's childhood and set him irrevocably on the road to manhood.

While this was written in 1961, do not let it make you think that it is in any way a Mayberry type of book. Life on a ranch is not romantic. There are some very brutal incidents that take place. As I do not want to give anything away I will just say that I'm very glad that some things have changed.

I am also very curious about the reaction to this book when it came out. Was the realism a breath of fresh air, or did Mr. McMurtry have to worry about a tar and feathering? As he is still very much with us, he obviously weathered any storm that arose. For which I am absolutely grateful.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A story by any other name .... 13 giugno 2014
Di Mike Holmes - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Some reviewers seemed to have a problem with this book being sold under it's original name, instead of as "Hud", the title of the movie based on the book. I found it a good read, and the changes that were made to the movie version were interesting. Early McMurtry is the best of his work, in my opinion, and this one would be worthwhile to own - and read - if only because it WAS one of his first big success stories, if you will forgive the pun. Not a warm, fuzzy, "feel-good" tale - but most of this author's work is not. As a Texas writer myself, I feel a kinship of sorts to Mr. McMurtry, and having been to most of the towns he puts his characters in maybe helps me understand him better. I highly recommend this one to any of his fans.
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4.0 su 5 stelle One of the most honest of McMurtry's books 5 febbraio 2013
Di gammyraye - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Before Lonesome Dove and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, before about 30 other novels, before Brokeback Mountain and more than 40 other screenplays, Larry McMurtry wrote Horseman, Pass By , his first novel. And it is one of his best. Along with The Last Picture Show, it is also one of his most honest, being based on first-hand knowledge of a Texas that was.

The time is 1954; the place is a ranch outside the fictional town of Thalia, near Wichita Falls (a stand-in for Archer City, McMurtry's home town); the narrator is Lonnie, a 17-year-old trying to find the man he will turn out to be. Three people loom large in his life: Homer Brannon, his 80-year-old grandfather, an old-time, hard-working rancher dedicated to his land and his cattle; Halmea, the black cook, both a mother-figure for him and an object of his teenage lust; and Hud, the grandfather's stepson, a first-class SOB (no other way to say it) dedicated to money and chasing women.

Many very bad things happen in this novel, beginning with the dreaded threat of hoof-and-mouth disease, which could mean that all the carefully-bred cattle will have to be slaughtered, essentially bringing an end to the grandfather's way of life. And that's not the worst.

What saves this book from being just an incredibly sad tale of the demise of the Old West is the lack of romanticism in character portrayal, the authenticity of the dialogue for the time and place, and the lyrical poetry of the language in describing the landscape. It all feels so real that one can only assume that, while the story details are probably fictitious, the yearnings of the young Lonnie must have been those of the young McMurtry.

Just a note about the movie Hud, which was made from this book--it starred Paul Newman as Hud Bannon, and he was so magnetic, so sexy (for those older readers who remember him), that the focus of the movie necessarily shifted to his story, his motivations. Don't expect that from this book. Also, in the movie the character Halmea was switched to a white character, Alma. They didn't want to tackle the race-relation angle in the 1960s, I suppose.

Highly recommended, particularly for Texans.
4.0 su 5 stelle Shines like the stars at night in Texas 7 agosto 2016
Di HH - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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"Horseman, Pass By" is a perfectly constructed tragedy. But because the main characters wear cowboy hats, it got consigned to the “Westerns” bin long ago by the academics and New York critics, who could then write it off as a lightweight elegy on the passing of the Old West and return their attention to boring novels about men in suits.

Written in 1961, "Horseman, Pass By" is the story of a "not-quite-stranger comes to town". Only he's really not quite a stranger: he's the materialistic stepson of an upright old-time rancher, and also a perverse role model for the rancher's vulnerable grandson. I won't spoil it, but suffice it to say: Whether it’s the differences between the small, dying town of Thalia compared to the bustling urban center of Fort Worth, or the attitude of an old rancher past his prime, who keeps Longhorns and opposes drilling, McMurtry paints a moving picture of how Texas was changing in the post-WWII era, and it's heartbreaking. Readers who like the idea that anything old is better than something new will find this book very rewarding.
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5.0 su 5 stelle YOUTH, AGE AND TEXAS 28 maggio 2013
Di crafty lefthander - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The first author to write about Texas in transition, Larry McMurtry shows in Horseman, Pass By all the conflict rooted among the generations. Narrated by 17 year old Lonnie, it is clear he wants a different, less confined life than lived by his grandfather Homer, the ranchhands and a struggling neighbor. The story centers around not just the wants, needs and desires of individuals on the ranch, but right and wrong, honor and dishonor.

Homer Bannon, an aging rancher is independent, stuubborn, decent, and is used to doing things his own way. His stepson Hud is immoral, cruel, deceitful, and cares about no one but himself. Lonnie admires his grandfather, but realizes the old man has limitations because all Homer knows is the life of a cattleman.

This is a remarkable book, with themes that set precedents. Homer's entire livelihood is threatened by a force out of his control, hoof and mouth disease, robbing him of his independence, and putting him at the mercy of the government. There are strong imprints of race relations between black and white, perhaps unheard of since Edna Ferber wrote Showboat, more than 30 years before this book was published. There is inner loneliness too, for all the characters seem to drift in their own thoughts, especially Lonnie, whose sounding board is the black maid Halmea,until she is forced to leave after being abused horribly by Hud.

The family is all torn apart. Hud wants to undercut Homer and control the ranch, willing to sell diseased cattle if necessary to make a buck. Lonnie sees dark visions and cannot quite decide what is right and just, Homer and his wife tolerate each other in old age. No one is happy. There is a yearning for something else in life, but whatever that is remains undefined.

But Horseman is neither sour nor depressing. It is a slice of real people living in a different age, with virtues and flaws, dreams, urges and faults. An educated guess is that it had an impact on the great Elmer Kelton, who wrote the equally wonderful The Time It Never Rained, which displayed similar themes. This was McMurtry's first book, and among his best.
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