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The Hi Lo Country

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
They were two cowboys out of the New Mexico dust. Cowpunchers and manpunchers, they hit hard, lived raw, and rode the beautiful Hi-Lo country as best friends and comrades. Until one night, when they fell in love with the same woman -- a beautiful, irresistible, married woman.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Berkley (first published June 1st 1983)
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Alan Hardy
Dec 05, 2015 Alan Hardy rated it it was amazing
This classic (and filmed) book chronicles, on one level, a story of male friendship and rivalry over a beautiful woman, and, on another level, set in Hi Lo, New Mexico, with its vast cattle ranches, and derelict town with two saloons, the ways of the cowboy in the mid-twentieth century. Pete tells the story of the life and death of his friend, Big Boy Matson, with the traditional, rousing ingredients of rodeos, fist-fights, games of poker, the stubborn bonds of friendship between men, the powerf ...more
Jan 13, 2012 LS rated it did not like it
Well everything seemed promising in the beginning. The quirky anecdotes lead me to believe that the text was going somewhere. But then someone was raped, and the rapist's only reaction was indignation that she was a lousy lay (and he felt guilty for betraying the woman's boyfriend) then there were a few more anecdotes and the author realized he was running low on paper so the book ended. Just like that. Maybe I have high expectations after reading so many great works recently, but this one defin ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Ron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
Max Evans says in the introduction to the 1995 edition of this novella that he set out to capture the “Old West” of the 1940s-50s, before it became mythologized like all the earlier ones. His central character, Big Boy Matson, is a larger-than-life cowboy full of the give-em-hell spirit of the generation before him. He scorns the modernizing of cattle ranching and would sooner ride a horse than drive a pickup to do his job. . .

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