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Elmer Kelton. The Man Who Rode Midnight. Garden City: Doubleday, 1987. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 261 pages.

Aging cowboy and bronco-buster Wes Hendricks just wants to be left alone on his poor ranch, even when town developers offer him big money to sell it. Wes's grandson reluctantly tries to convince him to give up his home, but that was before he, too, succu...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 261 pages
Published August 18th 1987 by Garden City: Doubleday (first published 1987)
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My husband is a real fan of the Western novel and thought this was one I would appreciate, and I did. Set in the 1980's this is a story of a dying way of life and the struggle to preserve it. This book won the Western Heritage Award and deserves it. The story is skillfully woven about a modern college student unwillingly sent to work on his grandfather's ranch. His struggles with the hard work, his grandfather's struggles to save his ranch, and the struggles of neighboring ranchers and formen to...more
Unlike Kelton's historical novels, this story takes place in the 1980s Texas as oil drillers and developers place old time hard scrabble cattle ranchers on the endangered list. Although it is primarily a coming of age novel, at age 76 I identified more with the grandfather and his contemporaries as they cope with declining health, the death of old friends, and social changes.

I have read several of Elmer Kelton's books. They are all terrific but rather than cowboys and indians, this is a story about a family. The last quarter of the book is a real tear jerker; the elderly grandfather is being forced to give up his ranch, partly because of debt and partly because he is just too old to handle it anymore. Fortunately, the last page or so has it coming out right. What an amazing story teller, Elmer Kelton is.
Real nice Western about an old Cowboy confronted with mordern times. He is forced to give up his Ranch due to a dam on the near by river. A relationship is built to his big city grandson.
Rodney Haydon
This is a great modern western (circa 1980's), a coming of age for the grandson, and end of an era to the grandfather. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I loved it.
Sara D
Excellent coming of age novel about an apathetic teenager and his hard bitten bronc-riding grandfather.
listened to audio - great production
Gary Turner
You will enjoy this book very much.
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Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and...more
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