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Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel Kindle Edition
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- Part of: Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures (25 Books)
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"[Louis L'Amour] made the modern Western a national pastime."—Smithsonian Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07SZQQ1W2
- Publisher : Bantam (June 25, 2019)
- Publication date : June 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2417 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,880 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The relationship between Hondo and the young, six-year-old Johnny seemed so truthful - I was in tears in some sections - and Hondo's relationship with Angie was totally believable and unsentimental. The "fierce" Apaches" came off as, well, fierce but they had to be fierce to survive in such a hostile terrain, let alone dealing with white men gradually usurping their land and not honoring treaties.
I also fell in love with Sam, a fierce dog and Hondo's companion in survival.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not the snob you may think I am from my opening sentence because I also claim Barbara Pym, E. F. Benson, Patrick Dennis, P.D. James, and Raymond Chandler among my favorite authors.
I'm going to investigate Louis L'Amour further. I remember reading one of his books maybe thirty years ago and enjoying it. I guess I have to catch up now, after loving Hondo so; what a great story teller he is.
The story is told third person past tense from multiple points of view, Hondo Lane, Mrs. Angie Lowe, Lt. Creyton C. Davis, Major Sherry, El Lowe, Sergeant Young, and even the dog’s, Sam’s, point of view. The only criticism I can think of is the way they fistfight in the story. If you’ve seen an old western you’ll know what I’m talking about. The good guy always drags the bad guy to his feet before punching him again. In the real world most people would stomp the crap out of anybody after knocking them down so they couldn’t get back up.
About half of the time I read everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half of the time I read sci-fi and fantasy, when I’m not watching sci-fi and fantasy series.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Galbadon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
Because this book was written 80 or so years ago, some things work for modern readers and other don't, which is certainly to be expected. The descriptions are detailed and transport the reader to the location, and for me were the highlight of the book. I felt like I could hear the whispering willows, and burbling creek, and could feel the sun on my back as sweat ran down my house. The descriptions are fantastic, but never overly done. They truly are magical.
The action is tamed compared to modern day, as is the love story with Mrs. Lowe. I thought Ed Lowe was very well written, as was Hondo Lane, but Angie felt a bit cookie cutter, which likely has more to do with the way women are portrayed in the story. Angie is a homemaker with a backbone, yet still gets all the meals on the table and protects her son like any good mother should do.
Vittoro and the Apaches are written as honorable and intelligent men who know the country, with the exception of Silva.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It's fantastic, both as a look back into 40's Western novels, and as fantastic book on its own. Very well done, and I'm glad I had the chance to read it.
Top reviews from other countries
This is a western romance, in both senses of the word "romance". Characterisation is not the author's forte. Hondo Lane is idealised beyond credibility as is Vittoro, the Apache chief and even the dog, Sam. Other characters are at best stereotypes. Sentimentality is never kept far at bay and the final section of the novel dives feet first into a gush of unconvincing emotion. If we wince at this, against it is set the disciplined, informed descriptions of fauna, flora and climatic conditions. Here the writing is often very fine. We also have a fast-moving plot, together with plenty of tension and action. When all is said and done, it is a cracking good story and that is what L'Amour wanted to give us more than anything else.