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Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Bandit of Hell's Bend. Boston: Gregg Press, 1979. Reprint edition. Octavo. 316 pages.

Western adventure and romance, set in 1880s Arizona. The hero and heroine have to contend with hostile Apaches, outlaws, and wealthy Easterners with designs on the home ranch.
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published June 1st 1979 by Boston: Gregg Press (first published 1924)
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Jan 11, 2011 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Western fans; fans of action adventure
Recommended to Werner by: My wife
Born in 1875, as a youth Burroughs actually spent time working as a cowboy on a 19th-century Western ranch owned by his brother. Though that was in Idaho, while this novel is set in Arizona, his knowledge of basic ranch life and Western conditions in the frontier era was firsthand; and the descriptions here suggest that he had some personal familiarity with the landscape of the Southwest as well. So in this novel, he was following the axiomatic advice for authors, "Write about what you know;" hi ...more
When he wanted to take a break from Tarzan and Barsoom, ERB would occasionally try a Western. The Bandit of Hell’s Bend is one such. The theme is the classic one of stuffed shirt Easterners vs. Robust Westerners (a theme that I daresay underlies much if not most of ERB’s fiction). The foreman of the Slash Y ranch is Bull, a laconic and steady cowpoke in the traditional mode. But the Slash Y and its heiress, Diana Henders, must endure quite a bit before Bull’s finer characteristics are fully mani ...more
ERB was not as good a western writer as Louis L'Amour, but his traditional westerns, like this one, are fun reading. You know there's going to be adventure.
Jon Wilson
I'm going to sound back-ass-ward here, but I have previously tried to read examples of the author's Tarzan stories and his John Carter series. I made it through neither book.

This book however, I found to be quite a page-turner. Much is said, both in academic reviews online and in the introduction/forward to the volumne I read, about Burroughs' first-hand knowledge of frontier life in the American Southwest of the 1880s and 1890s, but this came over as pure glorious pulp.

There's lots of misunders
Well over half of Burroughs' plot lines are quite predictable in that boy meets girl, loses girl (or believes that he has) and finally wins the girl. The action and settings of the books vary considerably, which is why they are fun to read.

In The Bandit of Hell's Bend, one of his few westerns, the presumed hero is rarely the main point-of-view character and is quite mysterious. The girl thinks of him as a big brother and not until faced with devastation does she realize she loves him. The motiv
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was not my first Edgar Rice Burroughs book, but my first 'western' and I finished it in one morning. In this story you'll find tenderness in the most unexpected places, covert gentleness in the most unlikely characters, loyalty and enough humor to keep you giggling at regular intervals. At least, that was my experience.
Jul 26, 2010 emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dialect lovers of all sorts
It's shore a durn gum good read.

Seriously, it's folksy and predictable, but it's also pretty fun.
William Stafford
A cracking Western that I enjoyed from start to finish. Burroughs's clear, vivid style keeps the pace up and brings to life a host of characters and evokes landscapes and settings with apparent ease. Social mores have changed - you wouldn't get away with the depiction of the Chinese cook these days - but what hasn't changed is the power of this cinematic, romantic adventure. It's also rather funny, which I didn't expect.

Highly recommended. Give the genre a go!
Brilliant! Witty! Funny! One of the best little reads of late... Quite a page-turner. I was laughing out loud at several places...
Chez Nash
I don't think Burroughs writes a very good western.
Gordon Jones
Have not read a western in a long time, always have happy endings...
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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