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...more
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Hondo Lane is a man's man. He's a half-breed drifter. He's a loner who's never alone, because he is at one with the hardscrabble land of the old west.
Is an abandoned and soon-to-be-widowed woman and her young son just the sort of temptation to lure Hondo into a tied-to-the-homestead existence? And what of the restless Apache's in the area? Hondo is nominally attached to the white man's ...more
The narrative follows loner western icon Hondo Lane in his dealings with General Crook’s command, the local Apache tribes and a romantic contact with Mrs. Angie Lowe. Set in the 1870s or 1 ...more
There is a reason L'Amour was and is still yea ...more
Hondo Lane is a gunman, a survivor, riding dispatch for General George Crook commander of the Army's forces in the Southwest. Crook valued men like Hondo--men of mixed blood, who knew the ways of the Apache. In ...more
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 ...more
This book was the mannest. Obvs, i could totally relate.
Sometimes you just need a good, simple, romanticised western, and LL writes them beautifully.
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
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“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.
If you're thinking of reading a western novel and don't know where to start, this is a good one.
The main character Hondo Lane (portrayed by John Wayne in the 1953 movie and Ralph Taeger in the short-lived 1967 television series for ABC) is a scout transporting dispatches to an Army fort in the Arizona territory. He narrowly escapes an ambush and after losing his horse to e ...more
HONDO has an interesting pedigree. It is a novel based on a movie that was, in turn, based on one of Louis L'Amour's short stories. In this regard, it has a lot ...more
Το βιβλίο που μόλις τελείωσα είναι το δωδέκατο του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ που διαβάζω, είναι μέσα στα πέντε πιο πολυδιαβασμένα έργα του και βάση για μια από τις κλασικότερες ταινίες γουέστερν, αυτής του 1953, με πρωταγωνιστή τον μεγάλο και τρανό John Wayne. Και, επιτέλους, ήρθε η ώρα να βάλω και πέντε αστεράκια σε βιβλίο του Λ'Αμούρ. Το "Η τελευταία σφαίρα", ή Flint στο πρωτότυπο, παραλίγο να πάρει και αυτό πέντε αστεράκια, για το συγκεκριμένο όμως είμαι απόλυτα σίγουρος. Γι ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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