Horseman, Pass By: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 192 pages
72 Reviews
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lonesome Dove comes the novel that became the basis for the film Hud, starring Paul Newman. In classic Western style Larry McMurtry illustrates the timeless conflict between the modernity and the Old West through the eyes of Texas cattlemen.

Horseman, Pass By tells the story of Homer Bannon, an old-time cattleman who epitomizes the frontier values of honesty and decency, and Hud, his unscrupulous stepson. Caught in the middle is the narrator, Homer's young grandson Lonnie, who is as much drawn to his grandfather’s strength of character as he is to Hud's hedonism and materialism.

When first published in 1961, Horseman, Pass By caused a sensation in Texas literary circles for its stark, realistic portrayal of the struggles of a changing West in the years following World War II. Never before had a writer managed to encapsulate its environment with such unsentimental realism. Today, memorable characters, powerful themes, and illuminating detail make Horseman, Pass By vintage McMurtry.
 

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McMurtry is a masterful and captivating writer. - Goodreads
McMurtry's portrayal of post-war Texas - Goodreads
McMurtry's writing is dreamy and evocative. - Goodreads
Pretty dark without much plot. - Goodreads
I find him to be creative and I like his writing style. - Goodreads
Not to be missed if you like his writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tom Torkelson - Goodreads

Meh. I think a longer book with more development would have worked better for me, but it all seemed awkwardly crammed into the space of 180 pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

An economical story as dry as the Texas plains, and as powerful. I've never read his other works, and am impressed with the power, sorrow, and depth of this book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
23
Section 3
38
Section 4
48
Section 5
59
Section 6
71
Section 7
84
Section 8
98
Section 9
107
Section 10
122
Section 11
130
Section 12
138
Section 13
150
Section 14
161
Section 15
162
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About the author (2010)

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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