Genre Archive : western

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

The hearts of horses
The hearts of horses by Molly Gloss

In the first winter of the Great War Martha Lessen rode into Elwha County. Dolly, the mare she rode, was […]

The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford

He was growing into middle age and was living then in a bungalow on Woodland Avenue. Green weeds split the porch steps, a wasp nest clung to an attic gable, a rope swing looped down from a dying elm tree and the ground below it was scuffed soft as flour.

I think this is one of the rare cases where watching the film version improves your enjoyment of the novel. Maybe because for certain passages I could really here the narrator from the film while I was reading. I think that this might make an excellent audio book. Then again, I’ve never listened to an audio book, so what do I know.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [based on the book]

I loved this film. I loved everything about it. The acting was brilliant. The way the story unfolded. The narration. […]

Blood Meridian

Or the evening redness ISBN: 0679728759 See the child. He is pale and thin, he wears a thin and ragged […]

One Thousand White Women

23 March 1875
Today is my birthday, and I have received the greatest gift of all – freedom! I make these first poor scribblings aboard the westbound Union Pacific train with departed Union Station Chicago at 6.35 a.m. this morning, bound for Nebraska Territory.

In 1854 a Cheyenne chief asked the United States government for one thousand white brides to marry into the people. Cheyenne society was a matrilineal society the resulting children, to their minds, would belong to white society. Yet they would also have an understanding of Cheyenne ways, and so it seemed a good way of joining white man’s society. Of course this didn’t go down to well in the white man’s world, and the offer was refused.

In this novel Fergus imagines what would have happened had the US govt decided to go along with this Cheyenne idea. In secret, of course.

The Proposition

Sometimes you go to the cinema hoping for a good film, but thinking that what you are about to watch […]

Brokeback Mountain [based on book]

In a way it is a pity that this film has received so much press coverage, it’d be interesting to […]

Moon Dance

ISBN: 0812511271Have no real idea why I bothered to buy this book. I picked it up, read the blurb and […]

Wyatt Earp

Everyone’s heard of Wyatt Earp haven’t they? The gunfight at the OK corral, Dodge city, Tombstone and Doc Holliday are all part of the western mythology. Part of a place of heroes and baddies, white hats and black hats, where usually, in the end the good guys save the day, possibly riding off into the sunset.

Open Range

You know I think this may be my favourite film of the year. I loved Dogville, but this is a […]