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The Smiling Country [Download] ➼ The Smiling Country ➾ Elmer Kelton – Thomashillier.co.uk Twenty years ago in The Good Old Boys Elmer Kelton introduced one of the most beloved characters in Western fiction the Texas cowboy Hewey CallowayHewey returns in The Smiling Country It is now and hi Twenty years ago in The Good Old Boys Elmer Kelton introduced one of The Smiling ePUB ½ the most beloved characters in Western fiction the Texas cowboy Hewey CallowayHewey returns in The Smiling Country It is now and his freewheeling life is coming to an end the fences trucks and automobiles he hates are creeping in even to remote Alpine in The Smiling Country of West Texas When he is badly injured trying to break a renegade horse he thinks for the first time of his future and sees the loneliness that awaits him and regrets his decision to run away from the only woman he had ever loved the schoolteacher Spring Renfro The Smiling Country is filled with humor love and the lore of the cowboy life at a time when the great free open ranges of the West were adjusting to a new technological era It is destined to stand as so many Kelton books have among the great Western novels of all time.


9 thoughts on “The Smiling Country

  1. Waven Waven says:

    This is the final chapter of the tale of Hewey Calloway the stubborn cowboy who stole hearts in Kelton s The Good Old Boys but can be read as a quality, stand alone book The story opens four years down the road from The Good Old Boys, with Hewey beginning to experience symptoms of old age and trying desperately to ignore them, while still seeking the ideal of a West he was born too late to see He rides with Skip, a young farmer turned cowhand eerily similar to Hewey in his younger days This is the final chapter of the tale of Hewey Calloway the stubborn cowboy who stole hearts in Kelton s The Good Old Boys but can be read as a quality, stand alone book The story opens four years down the road from The Good Old Boys, with Hewey beginning to experience symptoms of old age and trying desperately to ignore them, while still seeking the ideal of a West he was born too late to see He rides with Skip, a young farmer turned cowhand eerily similar to Hewey in his younger days But Hewey doesn t find the fun in Skip s antics like he once would have and instead feels yoked with the responsibility of keeping the boy out of harm When Hewey s nephew Tommy hires on with their employer things get even worse, and Hewey finds himself in a world of trouble Most of our favorite characters return C.C., Fat, Walter, Eve, Alvin Lawdermilk, Snort Yarnell, Wes Wheeler, etc and put in a good performance While The Good Old Boys had much to do with each choice also being a sacrifice, The Smiling Country isabout acceptance of things thrust upon us, facing one s fears, and finding the good side to a bad turn And Kelton does not disappoint I didn t put this on my favorites shelf but it came very close And I might still change my mind For Western genre, Elmer Kelton and Hewey Calloway are hard to beat For those who want a sample of the story without buying anything, a large portion of the story can be read for free through Google Books


  2. Megargee Megargee says:

    I am an Elmer Kelton fan, so when I dashed into the library I headed for the K section As usual Kelton did not disappoint However, I suspect I would have enjoyed The Smiling Country evenif I had previously read The Good Old Boys and become acquainted with the characters I am not familiar with the West Texas of 1910 but I did live in Arizona in 1947 and can share Hewey s nostalgia about being able to ride across unfenced open land The then small hamlet of Scottsdale had one paved bl I am an Elmer Kelton fan, so when I dashed into the library I headed for the K section As usual Kelton did not disappoint However, I suspect I would have enjoyed The Smiling Country evenif I had previously read The Good Old Boys and become acquainted with the characters I am not familiar with the West Texas of 1910 but I did live in Arizona in 1947 and can share Hewey s nostalgia about being able to ride across unfenced open land The then small hamlet of Scottsdale had one paved block, hitching posts, and a sign that read horses have the right of way At age 45 or so, Hewey is currently faced with aging and life changes, a theme that I at 77 can relate to, as well as to the process of recovering from illness or accident Once again Kelton has it right


  3. Monica Willyard Moen Monica Willyard Moen says:

    Western with spirit and excellent atmosphere.


  4. Celia Crotteau Celia Crotteau says:

    This is the sequel to Good Old Boys, which highlights the disappearance of the Old West through the eyes of Hewey Calloway just as the country enters a new century In both books, Hewey refuses to admit that he is aging and must adapt to a new way of life In Good Old Boy he walked away from the love of his life to continue a life free from so called restrictions In The Smiling Country he must rethink his decision after a tragic accident But what happened to the woman he loved and left, This is the sequel to Good Old Boys, which highlights the disappearance of the Old West through the eyes of Hewey Calloway just as the country enters a new century In both books, Hewey refuses to admit that he is aging and must adapt to a new way of life In Good Old Boy he walked away from the love of his life to continue a life free from so called restrictions In The Smiling Country he must rethink his decision after a tragic accident But what happened to the woman he loved and left, and what will he do for work in this changing country I devoured the book from cover to cover as I hurried to find out what happens to Hewey and the other characters the author paints so winsomely in his stark yet elegant prose


  5. David Mann David Mann says:

    A thoughtful, life affirming and all together satisfying conclusion to the three part fictional saga of a West Texas cowboy In the vein of Lonesome Dove, butregionally focused and in some wayshistorically realist this is highly recommended The characters are thoroughly developed their dialogue historically accurate, and often wry it s sliced right out of history.The content is suitable for young ages too, although the themes are universal and certainly geared towards older read A thoughtful, life affirming and all together satisfying conclusion to the three part fictional saga of a West Texas cowboy In the vein of Lonesome Dove, butregionally focused and in some wayshistorically realist this is highly recommended The characters are thoroughly developed their dialogue historically accurate, and often wry it s sliced right out of history.The content is suitable for young ages too, although the themes are universal and certainly geared towards older readers


  6. sarg sarg says:

    The Smilling Cowboy Elmer Kelton The final book of the Hewey Calloway series all a good read What a cowboys life was really like at the turn of the century in south west Texas gave it 5 stars


  7. Sue Nelson Sue Nelson says:

    The Good Ole Boys Years ago I fell in love with the movie Elmer Kelton is a talented writer I m a new fan and ready to read some


  8. Joe Longfellow Joe Longfellow says:

    Good book I m looking forward to reading another.


  9. Alexander Peck Alexander Peck says:

    A cowboy bookSometimes you have to read a cowboy book.This is a cowboy book Read it when the time comes.I liked it.


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