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Buffalo Wagons Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1997

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"Elmer Kelton is an authentic American voice."--John Jakes

About the Author

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (November 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812551206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812551204
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. McDiffett on December 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not normally a lover of Westerns, but I have Mr. Kelton's granddaughter in a class I teach and she talked a lot about her author grandfather, so I finally gave in and purchased a copy of one of his books. I guess I owe the granddaughter a big "Thank you," as "Buffalo Wagons" is terrific! Gage Jameson is an unusually well-rounded character for the genre. A veteran buffalo hunter, he has seen the northern herd wiped out. While he mourns the loss of the old ways, he also acknowledges his own role in that loss. Furthermore, even as he heads south into Comanche country, he agonizes that he is contributing to more destruction of the world he loves. This does not stop him, though, for buffalo hunting is all he knows. The antagonists include the Comanches desperate to save their way of life, although they are certainly not romanticized, and some of the white men Jameson trusts to travel south with him. Kelton's vivid descriptions of the llano estacado take the reader to that inhospitable land, with all of its beauty and danger. The plot contains enough twists--always credible and logical--to keep the most particular reader satisfied. I am eager to read more of Kelton's Westerns and am highly recommending them to my students and friends.
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Buffalo Wagons had a grabbing attention getter in the first chapter. It had a GREAT plot and I felt involved with the characters quickly. The story had substance. I read the last four chapters by candlelight because our lights went out and I couldn't wait to read more! This is the first Elmer Kelton book I have read, but I guarantee, I will find more of his books.
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By A Customer on January 9, 2000
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I couldn't believe when I opened this up that no one else had reviewed the book! You folks are missing out. This is the book that introduced me to Elmer Kelton, which is perhaps why it's my favorite. But everything about it is SO GOOD. The guns, the buffalo hunting, the Indians, the characters. Kelton is supreme. He is far better than Louis L'AMour in his authenticity and believablility, and everyone ought to see that in this book. The only writer I know of who is neck and neck with Kelton is Kirby Jonas, whom critics call the New Louis L'Amour. That's actually a disservice though, because he's far better. He rounds out his characters. Between Kelton and Jonas, the western field is filled!
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Having read "The Good Old Boys" and "The Time It Never Rained", I had high expectations for this Elmer Kelton book. While it was a good story, and kept my interest, it is not in the same class as those previously mentioned. Somewhat predictable and having few really interesting characters, "Buffalo Wagons" is average fare, not the compelling reading I'd come to expect from Kelton. This is not to say the novel is bad, it isn't, but in my opinion, it is a typical pulp western novel, not one that sets itself out as truly remarkable. Kone
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I do not usually go for westerns. But is was interesting, with history of the American frontier. I was on a long car trip and we were listening to audio books. That is where I first heard the book. Surprisely the book kept my attention. I was even the one requesting that we turn the book back on after we had stopped along the way. Very good. I had to buy the book as the audio was not available and did not belong to me.
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This was a rough, tough era in the settling of West Texas. Every facet of the hook and crook life lived out on the Plains is involved in this novel. Elmer's writing is unbeatable. You can't put his books down once you get into it. It's a shame that we have lost him. There will never be a replacement for Elmer Kelton.
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This is among the best Westerns I have read.
It describes one of the most odious professions (mass buffalo slaughter) from the point of view of the hunters themselves. They do it because it is one way to make a living during tough economic times.
The personal interactions between the good guy (Gage) and the outrageously bad guy (Ransom) are very realistic, and one can see parallels in one's own interpersonal interactions.
I read chapters 8 and 9 twice, one right after the other, and then read the whole book again.
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If you've not been introduced to Elmer Kelton, it's time. This is the book that brought me to a knowledge of this great author, tied for winner of the most Spur Awards for Best Western Novel, at no less than SEVEN! This book has great detail, but a fast moving story, and I will put it in my top 25 favorite Westerns. Like all of Kelton's writing, it's that good.
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