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Stand Proud Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2008
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“Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state's history is complete, too--drawn from the lives of real people.” ―Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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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This spellbinding novel begins with a man on trial for his life. What crime did he commit? How did it happen? Kelton tells the tale of this old man in split fashion, beginning in the present, and then pealing away the years back to the beginning, developing the story that would result in this court trial. Back and forth the book goes, present and then background story, and what an interesting story it is! Kelton spins a masterpiece of writing in putting together arguably his supreme novel. I can't help but think Kelton writes somewhat of himself into the novel's central character, Frank Claymore, for he seems to know the thoughts and feelings of this stubborn pioneer.
As the book unfolds, we find out more about what happened in the past to lead to the present, and what crime exactly Claymore is charged with. Just enough is revealed to keep the reader hungering for more. The conclusion has a plot twist that will catch most readers by surprise. Chilling and thought provoking, Kelton truly knows how to tell a story.
I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Personally I like my heroes with fewer faults. And I doubt that any trial would have been conducted like this one. Literary license I guess.
At times slow, but with an interesting main character, Stand Proud is not Kelton's best novel, but still belongs on the shelf of anyone who calls themself a fan.