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Aging cowboy and bronco-buster Wes Hendricks just wants to be left alone on his poor ranch, even when town developers offer him big money to sell it. Wes's grandson reluctantly tries to convince him to give up his home, but that was before he, too, succumbs to the ranch's--and a young cowgirl's--wild beauty.

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charles

Apr 6, 2020

A Modern Western

This book is okay. But not my favorite Elmer Kelton book. It is a "modern" western about the last fight Wes Hendrix has to try and save his property. For nearly 70 years Wes has been a cowboy, struggling and fighting, putting into the land everything he has to give. Now they want to take his land away....Virtually all of Mr. Kelton's characters are people who are fiercely independent and proud. They don't always do the right thing, but when push comes to shove, they do--most of the time. The people in his stories seem real, like people we have met. Wes Hendrix is no different. As to the three star rating, it is because it is a "modern" western and I like those set earlier--even as late as the 1930's or so. That's just my preferred reading.

Asaph

Apr 22, 2010

Kelton knows and understands West Texas. No one has ever more clearly dealt with the problem of aging.

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