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Hondo by Louis L'Amour
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May 12, 08

Recommended for: Western enthusiast

In thirty five years, L'Amour wrote over one hundred books. Every one is still in print. Quite an accomplishment. I've read dozens of his books and Hondo is unquestionably my favorite.

Louis Lamoure is often described as a good storyteller, but a mediocre writer. Hondo, his first novel, proves that Lamoure could write when he paid attention to his craft. When you start late and publish over one hundred books, it's difficult to maintain the quality required to get a first novel published.

Unusual for a Western, Hondo is a love story, reminiscent of the Virginian. Published in 1953, the story also provides a balanced view of the Apaches.

Lamoure loved of the West and it comes through to the reader in his stories.

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