- Paperback: 231 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (1957)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000H3CTRW
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,036,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moving to Texas in January 2006, it took me about 18 months to 'discover' Elmer Kelton. I had only visited Texas 5 or 6 times in the last 45 years and all on business. Retirement has found me faithfully reading 'Texas Highways' every month. A few months ago, the magazine had a feature article on Mr. Kelton and I bought a couple of his paperbacks through Amazon.com.
Well, I am 'HOOKED' on his 'Westerns'! I feel as if I'm riding the west Texas range 100+ years ago and enjoying the same types of 'good times', as well as experiencing the same types of 'bad times', of today. Also, I truly enjoy reading interesting subjects & his characters are simply wonderful! Never a 'bad' word (except for a rare 'damn') thrills me!
It is my intent to read all of his books and keep the memories of them in my heart and mind.
Kelton writes life into his characters, and captures the western spirit of pride, hard work, loyalty, and love. I enjoyed this book and look forward to many more Kelton stories. kone
The story unfolds as the Captain battles against the coming fences that will lock away the water, and cut the land into tiny rectangles of farms and ranches. It is the future; this separation of land that will allow herds to be bred exclusively, crops to be secured against the roaming cattle, and the protection and hoarding of water in a dry country. It is a future that terrifies the Captain enough that he is willing to let himself be mislead into action by his foreman.
BARBED WIRE is an excellent western. It is only my second experience with the work of Elmer Kelton, the first was his novel BADGER BOY, and I wasn't disappointed. The plot is fairly generic, but its execution, characters and authenticity, mark it a few notches better than the norm. The prose is gritty and matches the western plot like a glove--
"It was a sorry way for a cowboy to make a living, Doug Monahan thought disgustedly. Bending his back over a rocky posthole, he plunged the heavy iron crowbar downward, hearing its angry ring and feeling the violent jar of it bruising the stubborn rock bottom. He rubbed sweat from his forehead into his sleeve and straightened his sore back, pausing to rest a moment and look around."
The plot is executed with a tight linear momentum that takes the expected and makes it fresh and somehow new. The characters are tough and realistic, the action is paced with an equitable easiness--a pace that is far from melodramatic, but is exciting and seemingly authentic.
A similar figure dominates this book.He is Captain Andrew Rinehart" whose " R Cross Ranch" sprawls across the area around Kiowa County ,Texas.Its boundaries are unmarked and his will has been uncontested for many years.He objects to the construction of a barbed wire fence to mark his boundaries and attacks the fencing crew ,run by the formidable Doug Monahan .In the course of an attack to pull down the fence Doug's friend and mentor Paco Sanchez is needlessly killed by Rinehart's ramrod ,the vicious and psychopathic Archer Spann .Monahan refuses to back down but when the R Cross crew attacks his fences again ,he is on the verge of quitting when a respected local farmer ,and former Union Army colleague of Rinehart,one Noah Wheeler.hires him to build fences on his own range.Read more ›
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good plot and real seeming caractors the descritions of the local seem real the emotions of the peaple draw you iln and a good guy to root for.Published on November 26, 2013 by Michael J. Torres
Another great read from the best. His stories are the kind you can read over and over. Sorry there will never be more.Published on September 3, 2013 by mcranch
This is a good, but not great book. I enjoyed it, but found the plot drag a bit. It is not a classic piece of American literature, but it is a good read.Published on April 30, 2013 by George Aubrey