Hondo

by

Author: Louis L’Amour

Title: Hondo

Genre: Western

Publication Date:  1953

Number of Pages: 179

Geographical Setting:  Southwestern Arizona

Time Period: Post-Civil War (1870’s)

 

Plot Summary: Hondo Lane is a quick trigger, part Indian cowboy that travels alone across the deserts of Southern Arizona.  Occasionally picking up some work scouting for the military he occasionally will have run-ins with the Apache Indians, who are at this point trying to clear out all white men from their territory.  As a reader you get a sense of a lone man in the desert with his rough looking lone dog both dangerous as all get out, yet in need of settling down with a woman and in one permanent place.  Testosterone and tension fill the story with bar fights, Indian confrontations, battles, surprises and a little bit of love.  Danger is constant throughout the book as the woman that Hodo Lane meets lives on dangerous Apache territory and he needs to try and convince her to move to safety.  Unable to direct all of his attention to her due to his business for the army and also his own feelings of independence, he continues on to his destination.  Hondo wants to make his way back to the woman, but there will be Indians, a robber, and also the woman’s husband in his path.  Indian capture, vengeance, death, and the unforgiving desert lie in Hondo’s path to save the woman’s life and get his life onto the right path.

 

Subject Headings: Cowboys, Apache Indians, Arizona, Western Stories, Pioneer women, Insurgency, Ranches, Lone men, Gunmen, Indian raids, Desert tracking, Indian Tracking. Post-Civil War West, Army Scouts, Man and Dog relationships.

 

Appeal: intriguing; adventurous; fast-paced; suspenseful; character driven; dramatic; plot twists; resolved ending; scenic; dangerous; ruthless; traditional; accurate; historical details; details of Indian territory in the West, Army moving into Indian territory, surviving in the desert, living on a Ranch, Indian lifestyle, gambling, Indian/Army battles.

 

Similar Authors and Works:

Fiction: Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry.  Western takes the view point of an Indian point of few, 19th century, Texas rangers, trackers, pioneer life, desert, little bit of love.

Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.  Western, Rangers, Gunfighters, Woman ranchers, vengeance, strong male character.

Centennial by James A. Michener.  History of Native Americans and white settlers, descriptive of the land, homesteaders, pioneer life, western story, historical. This book is more about the place than any character.  A different perspective on the world Hondo lived in.

Non-Fiction: Cochise: the life and times of the great Apache Chief by Peter Aleshire.  Story of the only Native American to win a battle against the Americans.  Historical details of the Apache and the white settlers.

George Scarborough: The life and death of a lawman on the closing frontier by Robert K. DeArment. Story of a frontier gunmen and his role in settling the New Mexico and Arizona territories.

American nomads: travels with lost conquistadors, mountain men, cowboys, Indians, hoboes and bull riders by Richard Grant.  Story of a British journalist recounts his life wandering throughout the U.S. and realities of America’s nomads and other characters.

Name: Emily

 

 

 

 

 

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