McMurtry wrote so realistically in detail about what life and values were like on a ranch in those days. I felt sympathetic to nearly all the characters except Hud. I can't figure out how Hollywood came out with a movie named Hud when Hud the character appeared so little in the story. McMurtry sure knew how to tug at my feelings for the various characters, especially the maid. I had no idea McMurtry had written so many books, as I was only familiar with Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. Guess I've got a lot of his books to read, as the others have been well worth it.
Larry McMurtry’s “Horseman, Pass By” is a western and a coming-of-age story set in Texas at a specific time: July 1954. Lonnie, a seventeen year-old, lives with his grand-father and step-grand-mother, and much older step-brother, Hud, on a large ranch. His grand-father is eighty-six and still actively working. He’s a cattleman of the old west: a man of great integrity and past. Hud is wild and grasping: a man whose behaviour presages an ominous future. Lonnie finds himself pulled between these two dominating men and the west they represent. He’s disposition is inclined to his grand-father but Hud’s world seems attractive. Within a month, a catastrophe strikes the ranch. Lonnie strikes out on his own, but where he goes is left uncertain.
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