Top positive review
Hate Oaters? Try Hondo. You Will Never See A More Accurate, Picture Of The Old West.
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
It's not Tolstoy, Joyce, Chekhov, or Dickens, to name some of my favorite authors, but what a great read Hondo was! It transported me to a remote time and place and not only entertained me but also educated me about the "Old West" that often cliched place seen in movies.
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.