He was etched by the desert’s howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the ways of the Apache and the ways of staying alive. She was a woman alone raising a young son on a remote Arizona ranch. And between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, the gunman, and the Apach...more
I had forgotten just how good (er, proficient) a writer Louis L'Amour was. I think that sometimes "we readers" those of us who read general fiction, other genres or read somewhat more eclectically may tend to look down on westerns a bit. Not a good thing to do. We miss some excellent reads. While there are things here that don't thrill me as such there is also a good story and a ...more
1870's , in Apache territory, it's not a good day for sight seeing .He walks carrying his saddle and with his faithful mongrel dog, Sam ,along. Seeking help,good fortune occurs finding an lonely ranch, hidden below in a basin.Meeting Angie Lowe an
abandoned wife a ...more
Hondo was L'Amour's first full-length novel, and it was (I was surprised to learn) actually a novelization of the John Wayne movie, which had in turn been based on a L'Amour short stor ...more
He had built the fire with dry leaves and wood that wouldn't give off much smoke, and what smoke there was dissipated in the leaves of the tree above.
His horse was tied nearby, standing three-legged and munching some grass when suddenly his head came up, ears pricked to the air.
The man no ...more
John Wayne wanted to make a movie based on a short story by Louis L'Amour titled "The Gift of Cochise".
He hired a screenwriter and L'Amour to expand the story for a feature length film. They both mapped out the story, then the screenwriter worked on the screenplay while L'Amour wrote this novel.
The result is a book that is technically a novelization but doesn't read like one.
Yes, it follows the plot of the movie ...more
"She liked listening to his voice. It was slow, somehow restful, and underlying his words there was understanding, compassion. There was none of this you-get-along-on-your-own-or-die feeling. She had seen too much ...more
I have to admit, I did not know the history of this book when I began reading. About halfway through, I found out that the book is based the John Wayne movie, which was based on a short story by L’Amour called “The Gift of Cochise”, which was published in 195 ...more
"It means morning, but that isn't what it means either. Indian words are more than just that. They also mean the feel and the sound of the name."
Hondo Lane is a lone cowboy living in the southwestern United States in the 1870s. When he loses his horse in an ambush with the Apaches, the local Indian tribe, he comes across the ranch of an abandoned wife named Angie Lane and her young son Johnny. The two get along well and Hondo encourages Angie and her son to come to safety with him to ...more
“What kind of man could leave a woman like that in Apache country? His eyes were suddenly wide open and he was angry, thinking about it. She was all woman, that one. And a person…a real person.”
And this (p.130):
“A man without a woman, without a home, and without a child was no man at all.”
I'd heard that Louis L'Amour couldn't write a woman to save his life. After reading this, I wonder whether he knew any.
Hondo Lane is a protagonist representative of the ambiguity of the relationship between 'the white man' and the Apache Indian. He is a loner in the ...more
Hondo will go down as one of my all-time favorites, regardless of genre. Hondo is killer of men, but also principled and gentle. You really get invested in Hondo as a character, how he straddles morals and living the rough life of a frontier scout. This is most definitely not a spaghetti western, it is much more what I'd imagine the west was at the time that this story takes place in and I believe there were real men like Hondo on the frontier.
The story has it all, a fl ...more
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"Know what they both say at the marriage? The squaw-taking ceremony?"
"Varlebena. It means forever. That's all they say.”