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Stand Proud Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2008

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Book 13 of 11 in the Hewey Calloway Series

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765360578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765360571
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelton writes "historical" westerns, they seem real - not as impossible as some western stories I've read. Very down to earth, absorbing. I have read every L'mour book he wrote and Kelton compares well with his best. Enjoy!
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Great book! I think its his best work. Kelton depicts great characters and Texas history throughout this epic story. It would make a wonderful movie and I wish they would make it one!
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There are many contenders for Kelton's best book (The Time it Never Rained, The Day the Cowboys Quit, etc.), but Stand Proud should be counted among them.
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Though not Elmer Kelton's best work, Stand Proud is nevertheless an enjoyable read. Stand Proud is the story of Frank Claymore, a cowboy turned hard by years of tough living and hard experience. The novel plods along at a slow pace for almost 2/3 of its length, and at times would be unreadable if it weren't for its main character, Frank Claymore. Kelton does not try to make Claymore a likeable figure, necessarily, but rather attempts to show the reader how a man of Principle like Claymore lives his life by his own rules, and the potential consequences of those actions.

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.
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Great read, author has unique ability to place characters in timely settings! Authentic to times and life of old ranchers and their beliefs.
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my husband loves Elmer Kelton
he is in to Western Stories....
We ordered five or six of the Kelton's westerns
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I loved it. It is a magnificent book for those people interested in Texas and the western life. It is a fun read.
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An old stubborn hardheaded man in court with his life on the line and the entire city seems to be against him. What events caused him to be in this situation? Why is he on trial for his life?

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.

kone
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