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Paso Por Aqui

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Taking his title, Pasó Por Aquí, from Juan de Oñate’s carving in the living rock of El Morro, New Mexico, Eugene Manlove Rhodes created his own memorial to the decent people of his world who had “passed this way” without fanfare.

Rhodes wrote about them with wit, gusto, and tenderness, with honesty, clarity, and a sureness of interpretation as yet unequaled. He captured f
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 11th 1973 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published March 1973)
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Jul 07, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
One day when I was looking at some old Zane Grey editions he had for sale, my friend Allan Milkerit, the used and antiquarian bookseller in the Mission, told me that I'd probably like Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and suggested I start with Paso Por Aqui, a short novel originally published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1926.

Allan died unexpectedly last year (as I discovered when I went to the San Francisco Library book sale, only to find it dedicated to his memory), so when I recently came across th
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Aug 02, 2010 Laura Heller rated it it was amazing
I read this short novella in a couple of days, and it was a quick but tender read. There are several storytellers, and characters come and go and return again, but it is all with thorough character development and well-thought plot. I enjoyed it immensely as it certainly shares that not all criminals lack heart and not all sheriffs are unforgiving. I recommend this for someone who wants a taste of western literature that's not pulp and highly stereotypical characterization. Rhodes paints his cha ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of shoot 'em up Westerns in either book or cinematic form and have never read any Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. However, I have become interested in the Alamogordo area of NM since a relative lives there and I have spent some time in the area. Rhodes lived in NM for many years (the Western Room at the Alamogordo PL is named for him) and had a real understanding for this hostile yet beautiful country and the community it fostered. I would definitely recommend this edition, which has ...more
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A cowboy, Ross McEwen, robs a store in turn-of-the-century New Mexico, then flees down the mountains, hounded by pursuers, herded by new roads and telephone lines. At last he saddles a steer and rides him into the desert. McEwen is nearly done when he spots a windmill and a lonely cabin. He staggers toward water and shelter, only to find it occupied by a family suffering from diptheria. "I'm here to help," he says. Meanwhile the sheriff, Pat Garrett, is still on his trail.

Written by a cowboy who
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