In this great American masterpiece, which served as the basis for the classic John Wayne film, two men with very different agendas push their endurance beyond all faith and hope to find a little girl captured by the Comanche.
The moment of realization.
Amos Edwards and Marty Pauley are helping to retrieve some cattle that have been stolen from a ...more
Eventually, I grew up, and my c ...more
Odd about reading the book after seeing the movie...had I read the book first I would never have pictured Monument Valley as the type of land ...more
Really appreciated the foreword written about the making of "The Searchers" and an insight to the making of many of the TV westerns that I watched as a young child. Novel is well worth reading for the "foreword" alone. ...more
Quote from Alan LeMay, The Searchers :
“The Comanches were supposed to be the most literal-minded of all the tribes. There are Indians who live in a poetic world, half of the spirit, but the Comanches were a tough-minded, practical people, who laughed at the religious ceremonies of other tribes as crazy-Indian foolishness. They had no official medicine men, no pantheon of named gods, no or ...more
Alan Le May's 1954 novel "The Searchers" is a victim of its own success. John Ford adapted the novel into the glorious 1956 film of the same name starring John Wayne while Le May's novel went out of print and was almost forgotten. Fortunately, Le May's novel is accessible on Kindle and is about to become even more so with the Library of America's impending publication of its new anthology, "The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940's & 50's". The LOA volume will help pres ...more
I was wrong! Come to discover that the screenwriters took some liberties (as they often do) and altered the story significantly. Neither is a bad way to go, mind you. If you enjoyed the film and never read the book, I'd ...more
Texas, 1848. When Comanches attack the Edwards family's settlement on the Texas plains, they kidnap two girls - seventeen year-old Lucy and ten year-old Debbie. So Amos Edwards sets out on the dangerous mission to recover his two nieces, with the help of his nephew Mart and a rag-tag bunch of searchers. Their epic mission will last six years. The concluding episode is at the same time next week.
Alan Le May's 1954 novel is a timeless work of western fiction and ...more
The story is set in the Texas frontier where settlers struggle to survive, fearing attacks by Indian warriors. Amos Edwards and Martin Pauley leave Amos' brother's homestead to search for cattle rustlers with other homesteaders. On their return they discover the farm has been attacked by Commanche warriors. All of the people h ...more
All this happens within about a dozen pages, making the opening of Th ...more
Writing a historical novel in accurate but readable dialogue, while maintaining narration in effective modern language that is not a broken version of the dialogue is extremely difficult. LeMay does it ...more
The Searchers by Alan Le May (1899-1964), published 1954
I had been curious about this book for a long time, having never read it, but knowing that I've seen the movie enough times over the years to know some of the lines, I thought it was time to look at the source. So, roughly fifty years after the book was published, I read it.
Amos Edwards (not Ethan Edwards, as in the movie) is the Captain Ahab of the book, in this case, a man driven by an ...more
He also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for "North West Mounted Police" (1940), "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), "Blackbeard the Pirate" (1952). He wrote the original ...more