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The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton
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The Good Old Boys (1978)

by Elmer Kelton

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This is not a western.

To clarify, this is a really good story about people living in Texas in 1906. Changes are coming in the form of the automobile, and the old way of the cowboy is waning.

It's good, very good, and recommended. ( )
  fuzzi | Feb 21, 2019 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812575997, Mass Market Paperback)

Hewey Calloway has a problem. In his West Texas home of 1906, the land of the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste.

Hewey dreams of freedom--he wants only to be a footloose horseback cowboy, endlessly wandering the open range. But the open range of his childhood is slowly disappearing: land is being parceled out, and barbed-wire fences are spring up all over. As if that weren't enough, cars and other machines are invading Hewey's simple cowboy life, stinking up the area and threatening to replace horse travel. As Hewey struggles against the relentless stream of "progress", he comes to realize that the simple life of his childhood is gone, that a man can't live a life whose time has passed, and that every choice he makes--even those that lead to happiness--requires a sacrifice.

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It's the early 1900's and the weather-beaten cowhand, Hewey Calloway rides in from the vast Texas range after learning his brother's farm is in danger of foreclosure. Arriving in a nearby town, what the middle-aged roughrider finds amazes yet threatens him-- automobiles and civilized society. Soon the local schoolteacher catches his eye which places Hewey in a unique situation. Surrounded by his brother's family and with a strong attraction to the new lady in his life, Calloway is actually considering settling down.… (more)

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