Sandhills Boy

Sandhills Boy : The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

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A reviewer in "True West Magazine" recently said, 'One thing is certain: as long as there are writers as skilful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die'. Few would disagree with this assessment of the man whose peers voted him the 'Best Western Writer of all time' and whose fifty novels form a testament and tribute to the American West. But who is this bespectacled Texas gentleman with the white Stetson and rimless eyeglasses whose friendly face appears on so many book jackets? "Sandhills Boy" is Kelton's memoir, a funny and poignant story of 'a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd, a sheep ready to be sheared', growing up in the wild, dry, sandhills of West Texas. The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer was expected to follow in his father's footsteps but learned at an early age that he had no talents in the cowboy's trade. Buck Kelton said Elmer was 'slow as the seven-year itch', and reluctantly supported his son's decision to become a student at the University of Texas, and, eventually, a journalist and writer.
Kelton writes with great feeling of his service in WWII in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and the romantic circumstances which changed his life in the village of Ebensee, Austria. His life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression is told with warm nostalgic humour animated with stories of the cowboys - and their wives and children - who gave the time and place its special flavour.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 27.94mm | 158.76g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765354284
  • 9780765354280
  • 1,469,421

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Praise for author Elmer Kelton:

"Elmer Kelton does not write Westerns. He writes fine novels set in the West. Here a reader meets flesh-and-blood people of an earlier time, in a story that will grab you and hold you from the first to the last page."
--Dee Brown, author of the New York Times bestseller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"Elmer Kelton is to Texas what Mark Twain was to the Mississippi River."
--Jory Sherman, author of The Barons of Texas

"Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure."
--El Paso Herald-Post

"Kelton...expands on his reputation with a thoughtful, realistic portrayal of the West in which carefully drawn characters--not gunplay--drive the action. If there's an heir to the Louis L'Amour legacy, it's Kelton."

"Elmer Kelton, a wily old cloudburst, imbues his Westerns with ancient myths and modern motifs that transcend cowboys and cattle trails."
--Dallas Morning News

"One of the grand masters of Western literature. A preeminent story-teller, Kelton has been blessed with the ability to create a cast of fictional characters which bring history to life with such honesty and believability that the reader himself literally becomes part of the story. . . . It is Kelton's understanding of human weaknesses and strengths that makes his writings so captivating. . . ."
--The El Paso Scene

"Voted 'the greatest Western writer of all time' by the Western Writers of America, Kelton creates characters more complex than L'Amour's."
--Kirkus Reviews

"San Angelo novelist Kelton knows intimately the work and ways of the West. That's why real cowboys love his writing."
--Southern Living

"You can never go wrong if you want to read a good story with realistic characters and you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton. . . . Kelton's characters jump off the page, they are so real."
--American Cowboy

"Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state's history is complete, too--drawn from the lives of real people."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram"Elmer Kelton's Westerns are not filled with larger than life gunfighters who can shoot spurs off a cowboy's boots at 100 yards. They are filled with the kind of characters that no doubt made up the West. . . . They are ordinary people with ordinary problems, but Kelton makes us care about them."
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"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." --Tulsa World

..".Elmer Kelton, a wily old cloudburst, imbues his Westerns with ancient myths and modern motifs that transcend cowboys and cattle trails." --Dallas Morning News
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About Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas, a native Texan, was author of 50 Western novels and several nonfiction books. Among his best-selling books are The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time It Never Rained, and the Good Old Boys. He was recognized with countless awards for his work and was honored as the Greatest Western Writer of All Time by the 600-member Western Writers of America, Inc. Mr. Kelton died in August, 2009, at age 83.
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