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Hondo

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  5,060 ratings  ·  231 reviews

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

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Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Published August 12th 1978 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 1953)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Library book...moves to the head of the line, top of the list...read it first (or, err, listen to it) and take it back!


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
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Kerrie
Oooh, what a fantastic story! Probably the best choice I could have made for my first foray into L'Amour. Hondo Lane had the right balance of roughness and goodness, and Angie Lowe was believable from beginning to end. The Apaches aren't necessarily the bad guys, either. The Apache leader Vittoro (who I assume is Victorio) was a stately presence, and all the evil nasty-tude went to the warrior Silva who of course got his just desserts in the end. With a little fatherless kid in the mix, who end ...more
Henry Avila
Hondo Lane, a chain smoking man, (don't condemn him ,this is the 19th Century when it was considered good for you) without any roots .He is living day to day in the southwest U.S. Hondo loses his horse, during an indian ambush.This the
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
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Anthony Vereen
My book is called Hondo by Louis L'Amour. The setting is in the dessert of Arizona back in the cowboy and Indian days. The main character of this book of course is Hondo Lane, and the antagonist in my opinion was the chief Vittoro. Hondo was a dispatch rider who loved his cigarettes, his dog, and the land. Because the Apache Indians were hunting heads and Hondo was half white one of the conflicts for Hondo was to simply stay alive. During Hondo’s journey he came across a woman and her son who li ...more
William
I started off kind of liking this, but reading on I just got to hating it more and more. I liked the tone, which is sparse and seemed to sort of match the terrain and setting of the story, but it gets sort of repetitive. Beyond that, it was juvenile and sexist, featuring the fledgling love between a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the west, was dangerous but really kind and perfect in all the right ways and a woman, beautiful and alone on her ranch in the west who just needed a strong man in ...more
Sam Reaves
It's taken me a long time to get around to reading Louis L'Amour; I never really got interested in westerns as a genre even though I've read a few I really liked. But when a man produces almost a hundred novels which are always in print and underfoot, you figure sooner or later you're going to have to pick one up.
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
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Raegan Butcher
I can see why Louis L'Amour is one of this country's most widely read authors; he writes nice fat rolling lines that reach toward the poetic. His characterizations are well-drawn. His storytelling skills excellent. Good stuff.
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I really like this western. The John Wayne movie Hondo was based on a Louis L'Amour short story, The Gift of Cochise. A screenwriter was hired to turn the ten page short story into a movie. At the time, Louis L'Amour was not that well known an author yet. He got permission to novelize the screenplay (without giving credit to the screenwriter) and publish the book Hondo, under his own name (the first time he had a novel released in his name) and it was released at the same time as the movie. A li ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 09, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I'd long heard of Louis L'Amour as among the most famous writers of Westerns and his 1953 novel, Hondo was on a Western recommendation list I've been reading through. Well, I'd be tempted to call this a guy thing. All I can say ladies, that if any male sig other of yours sneers at your bodice rippers, you need only brandish this novel as an example of the godawful things boys are way too fond of, because this reads like the male counterpart to reeking romance aisle. From the start, the prose sou ...more
Josh
The man with the broad shoulders and narrow waist squatted by his fire. It was barely big enough to heat his coffee, shielded so that the warmth was reflected to him and the light was hidden as much as possible.

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
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Allison
I was pleasantly surprised by my first foray into Western. I'm not big on the whole "cowboys 'n Indians" scene. But L'Amour's Hondo had a sparseness and conservation of language that fit in perfectly with the arid setting of the Arizona desert. True his Hondo is the epitome of a cowboy, all hard, quiet loner with an easy relaxed manner that belies his constant awareness and a sweet gentleness just underneath. But the way L'Amour writes him, Hondo feels real rather than a stereotype. The best par ...more
Cody Spare
The book I read was called Hondo by Louis L'Amour. The setting of the book was an set in the old western times in the dessert of Arizona. The protagonist is Hondo Lane(who is the main character), and the antagonist was the Chief Vittoro. Hondo was a rogue rider who always had a dog, Sam, it wasn't his because Sam was independent and no body owned him, his rolled cigs, and a well a trained horse. The Apaches were savages and were wanted people dead! Hondo being part white and part Indian had a co ...more
Mark
Hondo is somewhere between being a novelization and the book that inspired a movie:
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
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Mike
This is L'Amour's first novel,1953, and it is regarded as a classic of the western genre. I found the book very enjoyable. It was exciting and had a good message. L'Amour was a man's man - world traveler, boxer, sailor, WWII vet. Here is a quote from the book that describes his values:

"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
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Jason
My older brother picked up “Hondo” while he was in the Army, so I’ve had this book kicking around my library for well over a decade. I don’t dip into the Western genre too often, but I usually enjoy it when I do. I decided it was time again.

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
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Mandi Ellsworth
In the L'Amour style, this hard-edged, rough riding wanderer, Hondo Lane, is a sometimes conscript of the U.S. Army, but also lived with the Apache and know their ways. In the course of his duties, he comes across a valley in the Arizona wilds that has been irrigated with a sturdy house built on it with a woman and her son living in the cozy setting. Despite his pungent aroma, the woman is undeniably attracted to Hondo, as he is to her. Hondo urges her to leave, as war with the Apaches is coming ...more
Madison Straatman
I think that this book is a great read. The characters are well-rounded and really come to life. Subtle little details, such as Hondo not wanting his dog to be fed, helped add to the character of each person. This setting plays a good part in the goings-on, which I like. This book has all the unexpected twists and turns of a good Western novel. In my opinion, HONDO is a novel classic Louis L'Amour adventure. I only gave it four stars because of mild swearing.
Trisha Smith
3 1/2 stars

"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
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Jeannie
I quote (p.62):

“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.
Ashley
One of L'amour's best. Full of action, survival, tension, and of course a developing interest in a woman. L'amour skillfully intertwines the stories of diverse characters living in the harsh desert of southeast Arizona during an Apache uprising and their struggle to survive in a hard landscape at peace with their Apache neighbors. Read if you are a fan of L'amour, westerns, military, history, Arizona, or great writing.
Samuel Gompers
It's been years since I've read a Louis L'Amour novel and was in the mood for a Western. Everything I remember about L'Amour as a writer is represented in this novel; strong plot, unpretentious themes with tough characters hacking it out in the deep West. It truly brings the reader back to a time of great sadness and ambition on the American frontier.

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
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Taylor
Jan 31, 2014 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Taylor by: 13 and up
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Frank_42
Hondo, by Louis L'Amour is a book about Hondo Lane who lives in Apache country in Utah. The story is set in the Wild West. Hondo is riding dispatch for the United States army when he finds a ranch with a young woman and her 6-year old son living there. He finds out that her husband, Ed Lowe, left her a month ago. Hondo tries to convince Angie Lowe to come to the army outpost because of the tension between the Apache Indians. When Hondo fails, he leaves to go back to the outpost. When the Apache ...more
Jessica
I opted to read a book outside of a genre that I would normally be drawn. Well, I would have to say westerns would be such a genre. Then it came to me, my dad's favorite author was Louis L'Amour. I never could relate to all that when he read them back in the 80's. However, as I read Hondo I saw all the reasons that my dad loved them and why they so resonated with his soul. My dad had mentioned before that Hondo was his favorite movie and I had never put it together that it was a L'Amour book. It ...more
Richard Ward
Mar 23, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of westerns.
One of Louis L'Amour's best, in addition to being his first published book. Since he's one of the masters of the genre, this makes Hondo a must read for fans of the western novel. The Hondo character is a cowboy superhero, with all the prerequisite skills with his gun, horse, fist, etc. I'm sure nobody was surprised when John Wayne played Hondo in the movie. He's matched by an independent woman of the old west with whom he falls in love. Nasty enemies abound for them both, of the cowboy and Indi ...more
Michael
One of the best westerns!

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
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Allen Perry
I admit that I didn't realize on of my favorite John Wayne movies was a Louis L'Amour book until recently. Like most of his stuff it is an easy and entertaining read and contains insight into the list world of the old west. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only complaint, and this is true of most of his books, is that characters fall in love at the blink of an eye but maybe that was common in that time and place. Either way a good book and it makes me appreciate the movie even more since it remained ...more
Gusto Dave
There are stiff and clunky spots throughout Louis L’Amours best work, yet the tug to keep reading is right there. The prose style is a bit outdated in spots, pure poetry in others. His stories are palate-cleansers. The pretenses are low, although in “Hondo” we get more than a few stern lectures about the appropriate way to die in the face of the enemy. “Hondo” is a classic for a good reason—all the classic elements of conflict. Man against nature, man against himself, man against an enemy and ma ...more
Zach
Jul 24, 2012 Zach rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cowboy fetishists, stoic broad-shouldered frontiersmen, Al Bundy
Shelves: read-for-class
What is there to say about Louis L'Amour that hasn't already been said? He's certainly an "economical" writer; "Hondo" reads not like Hemingway so much as a racier, more violent "Fun with Dick and Jane." And for a guy with a reputation for writing potboilers, some of L'Amour's prose is surprisingly tough to get through due to its repetitiveness; if you've ever pondered over how many ways one man can express how unique and monumental his protagonist is, this is the book for you. But hey, not all ...more
Mark Stevens
There are stiff and clunky spots throughout Louis L’Amours best work, yet the tug to keep reading is right there. The prose style is a bit outdated in spots, pure poetry in others. His stories are palate-cleansers. The pretenses are low, although in “Hondo” we get more than a few stern lectures about the appropriate way to die in the face of the enemy. “Hondo” is a classic for a good reason—all the classic elements of conflict. Man against nature, man against himself, man against an enemy and ma ...more
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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“The Apache don't have a word for love," he said.
"Know what they both say at the marriage? The squaw-taking ceremony?"
"Tell me."
"Varlebena. It means forever. That's all they say.”
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“Destarte! How musical! What does it mean?" "You can't say it except in Mescalero. 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. It means like Crack of Dawn, the first bronze light that makes the buttes stand out against the gray desert. It means the first sound you hear of a brook curling over some rocks-some trout jumping and a beaver crooning. It means the sound a stallion makes when he whistles at some mares just as the first puff of wind kicks up at daybreak. "It means like you get up in the first light and you and her go out of the wickiup, where it smells smoky and private and just you and her, and kind of safe with just the two of you there, and you stand outside and smell the first bite of the wind coming down from the high divide and promising the first snowfall. Well, you just can't say what it means in English. Anyway, that was her name. Destarte.” 11 likes
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