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Stand Proud

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Pain resulting from other men's follies causes Stand Proud's Frank Claymore to develop an iron will that heeds no man's judgment except his own, nor any woman's. Some of his decisions are wrong, and the price of pride proves high."— Elmer Kelton

The jarring strike of the clock in the towering cupola drew Frank Claymore's unwilling eyes to the two-story courthouse.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Forge Books (first published 1984)
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 14, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Nowhere
This is my second western book and, compared to the first - Ralph Compton's The Goodnight Trail (1992) - I liked this more.

Like the first book, I just picked this up from the stacks of second-hand books at Booksale. I just wanted to read and discover more good western books without spending a fortune.

Elmer Kenton (1926-2009), a Texan journalist and writer, holds the record of having won the highest number of Spur Awards, the annual literary prize awarded by Western Writers of America. So, Kento
Mar 21, 2011 Chad rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book. There is a reason that Elmer Kelton won the Spur Award seven times. Stand Proud is well done as it tells the tale of Frank Claymore using flashbacks to tell the story of his life during his trial for murder. I did not see the ending coming which is a pleasant surprise and after reading this western found myself still thinking about the story and outcome.
Rodney Haydon
Jun 29, 2013 Rodney Haydon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read that Elmer Kelton was voted the greatest western writer of all time, I assumed that was just more hyperbole that publishers use to sell books. Now that I have read a few of his works, I see that he indeed deserves the acclaim and his work should not be missed out by other readers just because he is a "western" writer.

Though I may put this one just below "The Time it Never Rained" and "The Man who Rode Midnight", I loved it. This is a great story, and told wonderfully. Though in
Jeff Dickison
Feb 03, 2012 Jeff Dickison rated it it was amazing
One of the best westerns I have ever read. The life of Frank Claymore, West Texas rancher, is reviewed from his being a young man to being an old hard-bitten rascal on trial for murder. Nifty surprise ending! Highly recommended to anyone, not just western fans!
Jan 12, 2015 Franklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction, westerns
Recommended to Franklin by: Impulse purchase
The story is set in West Texas beginning during the civil war and covering some 40 years thereafter. Claymore is on trial for murder. As the trial progresses Claymore remembers the past and thus the story of the making of a cattle baron is told.

Personally I like my heroes with fewer faults. And I doubt that any trial would have been conducted like this one. Literary license I guess.
Feb 11, 2014 Violet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very sensitive writing.
Rosemary Willis
Engaging tale
Todd Zywicki
Aug 10, 2013 Todd Zywicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started a bit slow to me but turned into another great Kelton story of the west and the conflicts between the old and new west.
Mark Luongo
Apr 10, 2012 Mark Luongo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Always looking for something to listen to on the way to and from Gettysburg. This fit the bill nicely.
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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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