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Zeke and Ned

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,298 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Zeke and Ned is the story of Ezekiel Proctor and Ned Christie, the last Cherokee warriors -- two proud, passionate men whose remarkable quest to carve a future out of Indian Territory east of the Arkansas River after the Civil War is not only history but legend. Played out against an American West governed by a brutal brand of frontier justice, this intensely moving saga b ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Simon Schuster (first published 1997)
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Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Larry McMurtry is my new discovery. For years I've looked at his many books on the shelves of bookstores with their pictures of cowboys on the covers and passed them over thinking that someone who wrote so many books and so many popular ones could not have written them well. I know. I'm ashamed to have thought this way. But with age sometimes comes wisdom and better yet humility. This is my second McMurtry book and the thought of all those other of his books of his yet to read fills me with hope ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In real life, Ezekiel Proctor (1831-1907) was a mixed blood Cherokee who survived The Trail of Tears at age 7, fought for the Union in the Civil War, was a district sheriff and a federal marshal, served the Cherokee Nation as a respected senator, and made a living being a farmer and a cattleman. He had two children before he married, and 5 more by his first wife who died a few months after she delivered triplets. He married twice more before he died.

Ned Christie (1852-1892) was the son of Trail
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pulitzer Prize winner McMurtry (Dead Man's Walk, 1995, etc.) and his collaborator on Pretty Boy Floyd (1994) attempt to bestow mythic stature on a maverick American Indian in this for-want-of-a-nail yarn set in 1870s Oklahoma. A half-breed member of the Cherokee Nation, Zeke Proctor is a hard-drinking, happy-go-lucky smallholder. Although married and the father of five, he is surreptitiously bedding the local miller's wife. When her aggrieved husband, a white man, takes revenge by s
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorite books so I had to try this one. I really enjoyed Zeke and Ned, although the ending seemed a bit abrupt. Perhaps I was just sorry to see the book end. McMurtry combines description and dialogue so beautifully. His characters live on in my memory as if I had really known them.
P.S. Winn
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History and legend join together in the story of Zeke and Ned. Ezekiel Proctor and Ned Christie, are the last Cherokee warriors on a journey to the Indian Territory near the Arkansas River. Larry McMurtry writes wonderful novels that bring the past alive.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAT an INCREDIBLY entertaining read! The many eccentric characters and unanticipated antics remind me of a classic Greek morality tragedy by Sophocles or Homer.
That "Hanging" Judge Isaac Parker (of Fort Smith, Arkansas) is presented as a really likable and harried civil servant!
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the hard copy book and KNOW that the audible version by my favorite Barrett Whitener would be outstanding!
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from Lonesome Dove, Zeke and Ned was the most amazing book I've read by Larry McMurtry. I both laughed out loud (and still do) and cried for the character's loss. The tragedy of the Cherokee nation is not fully understood by Americans today. Larry brings us an unforgettable group of characters to give us and up close look at this moment of American history.
Mar 07, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King recommended author and book.

Author noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
David Burke
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. McMurtry does it again. From the first line I was hooked. This time a western from the point of view of reservation Indians.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Could have been half as long, if it didn't repeat everything multiple times. Everything was repeated, most of it three times. Some things got repeated six times, others a dozen. Nothing was left unrepeated. It took up a lot of space. You'd read a sentence, and think you were done with it, but it circled around and came at you again. The repeats just kept coming. Over and over they came. A person could go crazy with all that repeating, I thought. It made the book last a long time."

Ugh! I have lo
William Howle
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I thought it was going to be silly, but as I got into it found it to be interesting. The novel is based on actual occurrences and the characters should be researched prior to reading. It once again makes the case that the Indian, particularly the Cherokee were treated poorly by the government and the establishment.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of Westerns--this may be the first one I've ever read--so much of my rating should be considered keeping that in mind. The writing was good enough that I didn't give up, and did read through to the end, even appreciated many of the characters, but won't be reaching for another any time soon. 2.5 stars
Jules Delorme
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a wonderful read. As someone who grew up on a reserve I never fail to be surprised at how authentic sounding McMurtry's native voices are. McMurtry is a truly great writer. Period. He may write westerns, which can lead us to downplay the brilliance of his writing. But he is a novelist first. A great novelist. And Zeke and Ned ranks with Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture show among his best work. Read it. And then try telling me that I'm wrong.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel of the interplay between the Cherokee world and that of the white man after the Civil War. Zeke goes on trial for the accidental shooting of a woman, but it is during that trial that chaos erupts when the relatives of the dead woman's husband attempt to take the law into their own hands. Ned, Zeke's friend and Keetowah brother, becomes embroiled in the whole mess when he kills some of the troublemakers at the trial. It is he, however, that the white man ends up wantin ...more
Jun 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was set in the Cherokee Nation, not long after the Civil War and is the story of two Cherokee warriors, Ezekial Proctor and Ned Christie. The book deals with the Cherokee's struggle against white authority. It is humorous, almost to the point of ridiculous, slap stick, with some not so humorous parts sandwiched in. There were a few pasages I particularly liked...

"The young white marshal's impatience was an irritant, like a clock that ticked too loud. It was hard to feel calm, either wi
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arlynn Grimm
Somewhat philosophical look at the relationship of American Indians and a sympathetic cowboy. The tragedy seems to come to an inexorable end out of honor and anger. Even when a "happy ending" seems possible, the characters understand that is not the path they have chosen.
I wanted to like this story. I really did. But the writing doesn't sit well with me and I don't know if it's the way the author is telling the story or if it is the narrator of the audiobook. Either way I've decided to eject it. I can't get into it and I have too many books waiting to be listened to/read to keep trudging through this one. Apparently a lot of people enjoyed the book so perhaps reading a paper version would change the pace and tone of the book (which right now is painfully slow an ...more
Susie James
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going into "Zeke and Ned" I didn't realize both Zeke Proctor and Ned (Edward) Christie were real people. As I got into the story, however, I did some research and lo and behold: what kind of mixed bag storytelling were McMurtry and Ossana doing here? This is a fine novel, but it's troubling that the writers have taken real people from the Cherokee Nation and then have proceeded with the fictionalization. Why not just either try and flesh out these men and their neighbors, or create fictional nam ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the last years of Cherokee Ned Christie's life

Comments: I didn't know anything about Ned Christie before I read this. I'll admit it; I have a crush on him now that I've read this book. He had faults, but he was a good man, wrongfully accused and persecuted by the white lawmen. This novel illustrates how a seemingly minor event can snowball and destroy numerous lives. I certainly wouldn't call it a feel good story, but I really enjoyed reading it. The characte
Larry McMurtry can write a Western like nobody else, even Zane Grey or Louis L'Amour. This is a story about two Cherokee Indians who get into trouble. There are moments of suspense, humor, pathos, everything you could want from a good yarn. I found the characters to be quite well-rounded, and I even enjoyed the bad guys. I think the inclusion of some major female characters into the plot really made it complete. I could definitely feel the the influence of McMurtry's co-author, because this boo ...more
Bob Corrigan
Ahhh, now here's another book that I just could NOT get into. I think I was totally spoiled by Lonesome Dove. None of the other McMurtry books I've read since have really 'done' it for me. I think I want them to be like Lonesome Dove ... and they're just not. In fact, a few were downright awful.

This wasn't awful - I just couldn't get much interested in the characters. Back hills hicks just don't float my boat, I guess.

I made it about 1/4 of the way through, and decided to terminate it. I have s
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeke and Ned is an historical novel that takes place in the Indian territory just west of Arkansas now known as Oklahoma. These two men are known as the last great Cherokee warriors and the book is filled with violence and death--and love and happiness and family. It's hard to recommend a story like this, although Larry McMurtry is known as the best of tellers of western stories, but if you don't have a weakness at the recounting of bloody encounters, read it. Most of it takes place after the Ci ...more
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An often humorous book set in the hills of the Cherokee Nation about two unusual old buddies and the many adventures they experience in the latter part of the 1800’s. While mostly having to do with the struggle between the Cherokees and the whites, the story is also filled with everyday life and relationships. Much like Lonesome Dove this is a tale reminding us of the virtues of loyalty, friendship and good old-fashioned honor with a healthy touch of humor. I tend to run hot and cold when it com ...more
This book is set in Arkansas after the Civil War. It takes place on the Cherokee Reservation. Set against this historical backdrop, this book takes on the relationship between the white man and the Indian. It also tacles the human issue to sometimes remove our eyes from the objective (in this case to bring in the men, all of them, accused of shooting and killing in the Chereokee courthouse. Some were Indian and some were white.) and focus on the one thing that seems the least attainable (in this ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually would give this book a 2.5 rating.
It is the first book I have read by the authors.
Though I enjoyed the movie versions of Lonesome Dove as easy viewing,
I am not that fond of the authors writing style and will not likely read another one by them; or him.

The dialog between characters is slow and sounds as if all the Native Americans are somewhat mindless about getting on with the day.
Never the less it held my attention for the first 340 pages. Then I started skimming over the pages,
Jennifer Daniel
Jul 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring! You know it's a bad book when you can skim through big chunks and not miss any key plot points. I don't think the Native American's were portrayed very nicely either. Would it had killed him to throw in one character that wasn't a drunk? The ending was predictable and I don't know why I wasted my time reading this. I think it was because I was in bed and too lazy to get up and get something else. Blaaaah.
Peg Lotvin
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two real characters in a fictional setting by Larry McMurtry. Lots of random murder by random murderers. Lots of description of how hard it must have been for the wives and relatives of these men. Send them out for a loaf of bread and the judge comes to tell you of their death in a shootout or that they have been locked up as the ones doing the shooting. McMurtry must channel the old west. His characters read like living persons that he knows. Remarkable!
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of two Cherokee warriors after being settled in the Indian Territory. Zeke is a married man who has an affair with a white woman and ends up shooting her while taking aim at her husband. He is tried in court which turns into a crazy gunfight and Zeke escapes into the woods. Ned is a young Cherokee warrior who marries Zeke's young daughter and tries to help his friend hide from the law. This book takes you into the life and times of the Cherokee Indians in the old West.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the Cherokee Nation after the removal from Georgia, this book was sad, funny, thought provoking and tragic. It winds the lives of several families together with interactions with the hanging judge, Isaac Parker. It is about warrior Indians, drunk Indians, brutal white men, Indian women, White women, and how they interact in often tragic manners. Larry McMurtry always writes engaging novels and this one written with Diana Ossana is no different
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Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 3, 1936. He is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two essay collections, and more than thirty screenplays.

His first published book, Horseman, Pass By, was adapted into the film "Hud." A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini-serie
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