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Home from the Hill

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Twelve years after Hannah Hunnicutt was committed to a Dallas asylum, her body is brought home to northeast Texas to be buried alongside those of her husband and son. Etched on all three gravestones is the same date of death: May 28, 1939.

Home from the Hill is the story of that tragic day and the dramatic events leading up to it. The biggest landowner in the county, Capta
Published April 1st 1996 by LSU Press (first published 1957)
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Bryan--Pumpkin Connoisseur
Humphrey's tale of small-town life in Texas circa 1938 is pretty engaging, though I don't know that anyone reads this kind of writing much anymore. Most of the character's concerns that contribute to their ultimate tragedy might as well be those of people from another country for all the relevance that they share with contemporary America, or even contemporary Texas. Still, looked at from a anthropological point of view, the book is a good showcase for certain attitudes that were prevalent at on ...more
David Feinman
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
William Humphrey (1924-1997) was a brilliant novelist, memoirist, and short story writer. Although he enjoyed wide critical acclaim and a fair amount of professional success, his work today is largely forgotten and most of it has been allowed to go out of print. Happily, Open Road Media has reintroduced his complete published works in ten Ebooks! HOME FROM THE HILL, Humphrey's first novel was written in the form of a classical tragedy. In a recurring theme of Humphrey's, he chronicles the end of ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a much loved book from my early teens. I searched for a copy in used book stores for years & found one not long ago. The author was from a small Texas town not far from the smaller Texas town where I grew up. There was so much cultural truth in this book and so much of the sadness in the dysfunction of that culture. The writing may be dated (though lyrical) but the truth of the story remains. I also loved the movie with Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, etc ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well written and curiously interesting. A real page-turner!
Mary Stafford
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark beautifully written in the older style. Very much Faulkner like. You know the ending from the beginning pages and that adds to the tension of how it got there.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

An amazing book about an unfamiliar culture set in the past, yet it speaks of eternal emotions and familiar themes. The place is small town Texas (Sulphur Springs) with action that culminates in 1939. It is in some way Shakespearean in its near comic misunderstandings leading to tragic outcomes. It is classic, “what a tangled web we weave” novel in terms of the wealthy Hunnicutt family whose story drives the the plot: Captain Wade (World War I veteran, landowner, hunter of wild game and other me
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books!!!
June H. White
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, much like Faulkner, about the mores of 1950's south. Strong characters. Gives the reader a realistic glimpse of an earlier time. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! Why have I never heard of William Humphrey before? Greek tragedy in a small east Texas town. Wonderful insights into the workings of the human mind. A solid 5 star read.
Beverly B. Bright
So true to the human spirit.

I could relate to the characters so easily. The jump to judgement, the class struggle, prejudices, love and loss, jealousy, etc... Truly a story for the ages.
Donna Davis
Home from the Hill, a National Book Award finalist about to be re-released, is the kind of story that lingers and affects the reader’s mood long after it is over. Upon completing the DRC, I felt a sense of loss that only comes with really splendid literature. So thank you Open Road Integrated Media, and thank you Net Galley for hooking me up. And if the spirit of the late, great author lingers among us, I want to thank him for tearing out my heart and feeding it to me with a spoon. It’s that goo ...more
Melissa Gay
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Writer, this is a good book if you are looking for an example of a strong self-centered character. It was made into a popular movie-George Hamilton, Robert Mitchum but from what I've seen from the movie trailer the book's story line is different than the movie's. Great vignette of the sport of hunting. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a well written book, but the story is a little melodramatic for me. Characters act without thinking, and just when you think they will be rational, they get stupid again.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley I’ve now discovered William Humphrey, who has sadly faded from view, a great shame if this fine novel is anything to go by. It’s his first and possibly most famous novel and it’s very good indeed, a real gem. It’s the story of the Hunnicutt family and set in a small town in northeast Texas. Captain Wade Hunnicutt is a womaniser and his exploits have far-reaching consequences for his long-suffering wife and only son. In Southern Gothic tradition, ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Why I should have loved this book:

Place: I lived in East Texas not far from Sulphur Springs

Time: Born in 1950, the 40s - 50s is one of my favorite time periods

Nominee for Nat Book Award: This means it's good, right?

Why I could not finish this book:

Characters: Unrealistically cliche. The BEST of this and the BEST of that.

Plot: Uh, didn't see one--understand character-driven stories, but see above.

Voice: Felt that the entire story was being told (not shown, TOLD) second or third hand. Too much 's
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago and decided to give it another go. Still very good, though a bit dated. There is much here that men would enjoy..lots of hunting lore and "manly" pursuits, including philandering. The movie added a plot line that was invented out of whole cloth that was not necessary to the story. Very enjoyable. ...more
Polly Krize
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

Wow! I can't believe I had forgotten this book! A little dated, but the tragedy of this look at a small Texan town and its inhabitants weathers well. Enough intrigue and cultural reference to keep it interesting. Fascinating and well worth reading.
Carole Moran
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-lit
A good psychological study of one family and various persons in a small town. The main characters, a husband, wife, and teen-age son, have a profound influence on each other and events that unfold. Traditional roles for men and women are also explored. I found it a fascinating read.

Made into a movie of the same name starring Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, George Hamilton, and George Peppard.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I recently read and enjoyed an old copy of William Humphrey’s book “My Moby Dick” and was looking forward to reading “Home From The Hill". It did not disappoint. Although some of the language may be unfamiliar to younger readers, I say get a dictionary and keep reading! A compelling and tragic tale.

Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Admittedly, I have a penchant for Southern Gothic; Home From The Hill was very good. Much of the novel is spent in interior monologues, which you might expect to be laborious reading, but instead are gripping reading. You always know that you are in the hands of a masterful writer.
James Smithson
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read.

I really liked the pace of the story. I like his writing style. Sad story. But isn't that the way many stories end.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sad story of denied love that spans two generations.
Mike Koen
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there could have been more than one "Faulkner", it would have been Humphreys. ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Author is from Clarksville, TX, near where my mother's people grew up. His stories ring so true to the stories I heard about the grandparents and aunts and uncles from my mom ...more
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American novelist, memoirist, short story writer, author of thirteen books, including five novels, collections of short stories and a memoir.
Humphrey's first novel was Home from the Hill. His second novel, The Ordways, was reviewed by the New York Times as "Funny, vivid and moving, this is a fine piece of work and a delight to read," and was compared to the writings of William Faulkner and Mark Tw

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