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Dark Thicket

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  92 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
One of America's greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America. Dark Thicket is one of his many classic tales of the history of his home state of Texas.

Young Owen Danforth rides home to Texas as a wounded Confederate soldier, at a time when his home state is as savagely divided as his n
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by Forge Books (first published 1985)
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Jeff Dickison
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good western of young confederate returning to Texas wounded, hoping to get better so he can rejoin his company. He finds his home in Texas under siege from the "home guard" who are using the war as an opportunity to steal land. The young soldier gets drawn into this struggle even though it might be considered treasoness. Of course he stops the n'er-do-wells and finds a right purty girl to fall in love with. If you haven't read Kelton you should. He's the best.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
Elmer Kelton wrote so well that I never feel like I am reading a genre novel when I read his westerns. This one is set in Texas at the end of the Civil War when everyone was still testy about which side they were on. Kelton paints a good picture of how difficult it would have been to live in this time period. Most enjoyable.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A small paperback book that can be read in an afternoon; just the right size to stow in a travel bag. This story is about the war between the north and south for people in the small towns and on their ranches in Texas. Owen goes off to fight for the south but his father and others are for the north. He is wounded and goes home on sick leave, only to find that bad guys have their own ideas about taking over under the guise of being union sympathizers. Would make a good movie.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
The protagonist was foolish to the point of endangering everyone around him and seemed to not be able to help himself from making more trouble for everyone in the area than was necessary or even believable.
James Murphy
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Kelton's books.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mexico, own
nothing special about this book, just ok. I know Kelton can do so much better so will go on to the other 8 book I have by him.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
As usual the author Elmer Kelton turns in a good story. He was voted one of the best Western writers ever. In some ways I agree and in some ways I don't, as I would probably give the edge to another famous author Louis Lamour. No doubt Kelton can spin a good yarn, but after reading many of his books, they all seem to be somewhat familar. This one is no different with the setting taking place in Texas, during the civil war nearing towards it's end, and involving a young soldier Owen Danforth. Owe ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A good stand alone western/historical novel as only Elmer Kelton can write them. Late in the War Between the States , Owen Danforth, a young Rebel veteran, returns home to East Texas to recuperate from a battle wound. He finds his father and uncle, both of whom remained loyal to the Union, beset by villanous Confederate "home guards" who never served and are out to steal their farms and livestock before the war ends, killing his kinfolks if necessary. Does Owen stand with his family, even if it ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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Owen Danforth is wounded fighting for the Confederacy and is sent home to recuperate. A former pig thief who now comands the home guard confiscates his horse. and is trying to destroy all the unionist in the area of East Texas. Owen's father and uncle are unionist who aid Confederate deserters. Despite his best intentions Owen is drawn into the conflict as he rescues a uniionist girl and her mother.
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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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