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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  7,134 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 159 pages
Published August 12th 1978 by Random House Publishing Group (first published 1953)
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Carol I read part of a Zane Grey novel. It wasn't as good, in my opinion. The writing was rather old-fashioned, and the story line didn't appeal.
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Jason Koivu
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
I'd just finished a terrible western and needed to get the taste out of my mouth. Louis L'Amour to the rescue!

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
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hondo was author Louis L’Amour’s 1953 publication, and shares with Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the distinction of actually being a novelization of a successful film. The 1953 film starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page was actually based upon a short story by L’Amour entitled “The Gift of Cochise”.

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
Gary Sundell
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first novel written by Louis L'Amour. What a story. John Wayne called this the best Western ever written. Maybe the statement is a bit over the top. The descriptions of the Arizona desert verge on the poetic. At its heart the book is the story of Hondo Lane, cavalary scout and dispatch rider and a woman and her son living in Apache territory. There is no stereotyping of the Apache here. Some are decent some are not. Same is true of the white men.

There is a reason L'Amour was and is still yea
"What do we have here? The story of a lonely man hiding his loneliness behind a cloak of independence, a man as bleak as the land over which he rode, yet beneath the harshness and the necessary violence, a kind man, a just man, a man who had come to terms with the land in which he lived."

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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Library book...moves to the head of the line, top of the it first (or, err, listen to it) and take it back!

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
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'...there were the desert and mountains and the love of strong things, man things.'

This book was the mannest. Obvs, i could totally relate.
Sometimes you just need a good, simple, romanticised western, and LL writes them beautifully.
Sarah Anne
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was an interesting situation because the writing was really quite beautiful but I spent a fair amount of time snickering at clichés. We had fearsome Apache warriors, the love of a man for a woman, the need a woman has for a man, their eyes meet... Okay, it didn't get quite that bad. Basically there was a lot about the importance of family and a love of the land. The funny thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if those things are clichés in westerns simply be ...more
Henry Avila
Hondo Lane, a chain smoking man, (don't condemn him ,this is the 19th Century when it was considered good for you) without any roots .He is living day to day in the southwest U.S. Hondo loses his horse, during an indian ambush.This the
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
abandoned wife a
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, western
Oooh, what a fantastic story! Probably the best choice I could have made for my first foray into L'Amour. Hondo Lane had the right balance of roughness and goodness, and Angie Lowe was believable from beginning to end. The Apaches aren't necessarily the bad guys, either. The Apache leader Vittoro (who I assume is Victorio) was a stately presence, and all the evil nasty-tude went to the warrior Silva who of course got his just desserts in the end. With a little fatherless kid in the mix, who end ...more
Amanda G. Stevens
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All right, four stars it is. Classic L'Amour, everything you could want from a Western and then some. For the 1950s, a surprisingly multi-faceted take on the Apache/white conflict. The history of the work (first a short story, then a film, then a novel based on the film that actually released before the film) is fun to know. I'm not sure any of the book's additional scenes are strictly necessary; when I want to revisit the story, I'll probably just watch John Wayne. But I'm glad to have read it ...more
Pamela Priest
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent western, but we all know this. But still, this is my first L'Amour and I can see why he was one of the great western authors.
Anthony Vereen
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book is called Hondo by Louis L'Amour. The setting is in the dessert of Arizona back in the cowboy and Indian days. The main character of this book of course is Hondo Lane, and the antagonist in my opinion was the chief Vittoro. Hondo was a dispatch rider who loved his cigarettes, his dog, and the land. Because the Apache Indians were hunting heads and Hondo was half white one of the conflicts for Hondo was to simply stay alive. During Hondo’s journey he came across a woman and her son who li ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I really like this western. The John Wayne movie Hondo was based on a Louis L'Amour short story, The Gift of Cochise. A screenwriter was hired to turn the ten page short story into a movie. At the time, Louis L'Amour was not that well known an author yet. He got permission to novelize the screenplay (without giving credit to the screenwriter) and publish the book Hondo, under his own name (the first time he had a novel released in his name) and it was released at the same time as the movie. A li ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, wild-west, 2014
I started off kind of liking this, but reading on I just got to hating it more and more. I liked the tone, which is sparse and seemed to sort of match the terrain and setting of the story, but it gets sort of repetitive. Beyond that, it was juvenile and sexist, featuring the fledgling love between a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the west, was dangerous but really kind and perfect in all the right ways and a woman, beautiful and alone on her ranch in the west who just needed a strong man in ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quote (p.62):

“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.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in memory of my Dad who absolutely loved Louis L'Amour. I enjoyed it but it took me a bit longer since it is not my preferred genre. However, I did appreciate the glimpse into frontier life, especially now that I am living out west. A good read and I will read other of his titles and look forward to visiting Durango, CO where L'Amour did a lot of his writing.
Shorel Kleinert
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One of Mr.L'amour's earlier novels, it quite easy to see why his works are considered the epitome of western fiction. I truly enjoyed reading Hondo, which was rich in its descriptions of the southwest and particularly the Apache people groups. If you've never read any westerns, this would be a great one to start with.
Greg Strandberg
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good western novel. You have a woman at a frontier ranch, and Apaches closing in. Army troops are getting wiped out, the suspense builds.

If you're thinking of reading a western novel and don't know where to start, this is a good one.
Raegan Butcher
I can see why Louis L'Amour is one of this country's most widely read authors; he writes nice fat rolling lines that reach toward the poetic. His characterizations are well-drawn. His storytelling skills excellent. Good stuff.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Audiobook 3.5 Stars

I don't know if the writing is kind of choppy, or the narrator chops it up.

I thought the story was a little simplistic and predictable.

But, overall, a good read.
James  Love
Louis L'Amour's Hondo is a historical western novel that takes place between 1879 and 1881. It is a fictionalized account of the Victorio War that was a small part of the Apache Wars that took place between 1849 and 1924.

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
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Western's are not my usual choice but Hondo by Louis L'amour, the book club selection for June, is a really good read and likely a good example of the genre. A hard-driven cowboy, a loner, and a man not given to talking a lot crosses Apache land after the tribe is riled up because of a treaty the government made and didn't honor. He finds a woman and her son left alone on their ranch in the midst of danger and under threat of death. The story is complex, the writing is often philosophical and de ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the course of 2015, I read several Louis L'Amour novels, but HONDO was the only one that really impressed me. I have to admit, when I first saw that John Wayne called it the "finest western" he'd ever read, I assumed that was just hyperbole to help sell movie tickets. After reading the book, though, I half believe he truly meant it.
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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
"Ματωμένη γη", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

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
Cody Spare
The book I read was called Hondo by Louis L'Amour. The setting of the book was an set in the old western times in the dessert of Arizona. The protagonist is Hondo Lane(who is the main character), and the antagonist was the Chief Vittoro. Hondo was a rogue rider who always had a dog, Sam, it wasn't his because Sam was independent and no body owned him, his rolled cigs, and a well a trained horse. The Apaches were savages and were wanted people dead! Hondo being part white and part Indian had a co ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I'd long heard of Louis L'Amour as among the most famous writers of Westerns and his 1953 novel, Hondo was on a Western recommendation list I've been reading through. Well, I'd be tempted to call this a guy thing. All I can say ladies, that if any male sig other of yours sneers at your bodice rippers, you need only brandish this novel as an example of the godawful things boys are way too fond of, because this reads like the male counterpart to reeking romance aisle. From the start, the prose sou ...more
Sam Reaves
It's taken me a long time to get around to reading Louis L'Amour; I never really got interested in westerns as a genre even though I've read a few I really liked. But when a man produces almost a hundred novels which are always in print and underfoot, you figure sooner or later you're going to have to pick one up.
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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hondo is somewhere between being a novelization and the book that inspired a movie:
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
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is L'Amour's first novel,1953, and it is regarded as a classic of the western genre. I found the book very enjoyable. It was exciting and had a good message. L'Amour was a man's man - world traveler, boxer, sailor, WWII vet. Here is a quote from the book that describes his values:

"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
I was pleasantly surprised by my first foray into Western. I'm not big on the whole "cowboys 'n Indians" scene. But L'Amour's Hondo had a sparseness and conservation of language that fit in perfectly with the arid setting of the Arizona desert. True his Hondo is the epitome of a cowboy, all hard, quiet loner with an easy relaxed manner that belies his constant awareness and a sweet gentleness just underneath. But the way L'Amour writes him, Hondo feels real rather than a stereotype. The best par ...more
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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“The Apache don't have a word for love," he said.
"Know what they both say at the marriage? The squaw-taking ceremony?"
"Tell me."
"Varlebena. It means forever. That's all they say.”
“Destarte! How musical! What does it mean?" "You can't say it except in Mescalero. It means Morning, but that isn't what it means, either. Indian words are more than just that. They also mean the feel and the sound of the name. It means like Crack of Dawn, the first bronze light that makes the buttes stand out against the gray desert. It means the first sound you hear of a brook curling over some rocks-some trout jumping and a beaver crooning. It means the sound a stallion makes when he whistles at some mares just as the first puff of wind kicks up at daybreak. "It means like you get up in the first light and you and her go out of the wickiup, where it smells smoky and private and just you and her, and kind of safe with just the two of you there, and you stand outside and smell the first bite of the wind coming down from the high divide and promising the first snowfall. Well, you just can't say what it means in English. Anyway, that was her name. Destarte.” 15 likes
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