- Series: Bar-20 (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (November 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765357372
- ISBN-13: 978-0765357373
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,871,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bar-20: A Hopalong Cassidy Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2006
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"If you liked Louis L'Amour's Hopalong Cassidy novel The Rustlers of West Fork--you'll love this one! This is the real thing!"--Jackson Cain, author of Hellbreak Country
<DIV><DIV>"If you liked Louis L'Amour's Hopalong Cassidy novel The Rustlers of West Fork--you'll love this one! This is the real thing!" --Jackson Cain, author of Hellbreak Country on Bar-20 Days</DIV></DIV> --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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It's Mulford's second book in the Hopalong Cassidy series, and, probably because of its simple title, much the best known. The first Cassidy book was a disguised collection of seven magazine stories; HOPALONG CASSIDY is a real novel, and a good description of a range war -- so good that the New York TIMES review of 1910 praised its accuracy and excitement.
Lots of anti-Mexican racism, too, as other reviewers have pointed out. Here's an example. Hopalong is talking about one of his friends: "Yes, he was watching one of them new H2 [Ranch] Greasers. He'll go off the handle one of these days, for he hates Greasers worse than I do, and that coffee face'll drive him to gunplay."
One Kindle edition of BAR-20 DAYS, the first Cassidy book, brags about being uncensored, but certainly this HOPALONG CASSIDY is equally uncensored, and that Kindle BAR-20 DAYS is full of OCR typos like "lie" for "he," which I ran into at least three times while chalking up more than ten typos in the book as a whole. Hardpress shuns OCR, and does a much better job in general. Reading this book you get a good picture not only of Hopalong Cassidy's racist west, but Clarence Mulford's racist east as well.
Mulford’s characters speak in western dialect: Seeing a man sneaking up on him and his friend, Pete, at dawn, Hoppy says to himself, “You can’t fool me, by G—d! I’ll let you make yore play—an’ if Pete don’t kill a few of you I’m a liar. Here are th’ shells—pick out th’ pea.” Foremost among rustlers are three “greasers” from Mexico who work for the H2, a jarring racist label that is surprising nowadays. The reader is not told if cowboys hate Mexicans generally or just these in particular. In any event, men from both ranches swear they can hardly wait to shoot them. Oddly, interplay between white cowboys is so full of teasing and put-downs one wonders how they can be friends. Yet, writes Mulford: “This was the atmosphere they loved, this repaid them for their hard work, this and the unswerving loyalty, the true, deep affection, and good-natured banter that pricked but left no sting. . . . There was manhood for you, there was contempt for restricting conventions, for danger . . . .”
Mulford’s writing has a number of strengths. An Easterner, his research on the minutiae of working cowboys’ lives is impressive. He explains how and why cowboys do this or that, why roundups come about, notes the inclination of cowponies to bite, that a “sleeper” is a calf without a mother. He is quite good describing terrain. The reader/listener has is no trouble following movements of horsemen across prairies, rivers, over brush and down gullies. Mulford’s cowboys are sentimental only to a point. The moment they see the rancher’s daughter they take their “sombreros” off out of respect. But they have no qualms killing horses, and do a lot of that. At one point Hopalong and a friend drive cattle into a raging creek so their dead bodies will stop up a hole in a damn. When a H2 cowboy is killed his comrades bury him and mourn for a single day. Yearning to avenge his death, on the other hand, lasts longer.
Written in overblown language in the manner of its day, the book nevertheless draws readers/listeners in. It’s a fun book.
Instead Cassidy is a hard drinking heavy smoking cowboy and gunfighter who can't pass up a fight or a bar. The rollicking adventures of Cassidy, Johnny Nelson, Buck, and the rest of the Bar 20 crew are wild tales of outlaws, rustlers, and even a close call with being shanghaied.
Mulford didn't begrudge Boyd his version of Hoppy, stating once that he had his Hoppy and Boyd his. Read these entertaining western classics from the slicks (Hoppy only became a pulp character when Louis L'Amour under another name helmed the Hopalong Cassidy pulp), wild wooly, whisky soaked, and fogged in gunsmoke and get to know Mulford's Hoppy. He is not a Saturday morning kids cowboy hero.
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