DOWN THE LONG HILLS Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1984
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From the Publisher
After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
No, in this book L'Amour seems to let his confident writing skills and his imagination run free. He asks the reader to imagine what would happen if a frontier-trained lad, Hardy Collins, was forced to make his way cross country with nothing more than a three-year-old girl, Betty Sue Powell, a wonderful, almost magical horse, Big Red and a head filled with the knowledge gained from working side-by-side with a loving but tough western father, Scott Collins.
Together, Hardy, Betty Sue and Big Red brave everything from the weather to a grizzly to scummy horse thieves, all the while being tracked by a Cheyenne brave who wants this horse of horses. The story flows extremely well culminating in a classic L'Amour showdown.
A great western for the entire family.
And if you ever get a chance to see the movie of the same title you'll love it too. It's about as faithful an adaptation to an original book as I have ever seen.
Sorry, this is baloney and so are most of his other books and stories. For example, Hondo, where his reputation as a "historian" was first born in a PR conference. In Hondo it is obvious that Looie first wrote just a book, set roughly in the never-never land of traditional Westerns. When his promoting geniuses tried to make it over into a historial tour de force, they fell on their faces, and did him no favor so far as reputation went. Bank account is something else.
I recall standing in my back yard while my horse shoer stopped and spit tobacco juice and said, "I was readin' Hondo last night. It's fairly obvious that when he said "there was no water between Lordsburg and the Fort, he meant Ft. Huachuca over there. What did he think that is over there behind me?" He motioned toward the nearby San Pedro River. "It's sure as hell between Lordsburg and the fort. And get this: this clown is carryin' a forty pound saddle across the supposedly waterless desert.Read more ›
Down the Long Hills is really a novella. The paperback version is only 150 pages long and a quick read. I almost gave up on it because I thought it was a children's story. While it is written simply enough such that a juvenile reader could enjoy it, it is written for adults. The reader can identify what it is like to be a child in the wilderness, abandoned and without parents. A parent can identify with the fear of losing a child.
The story features a 7-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl who follows him escaping an Indian massacre. The boy, appropriately named Hardy, must try and find his father while being tracked by Indians and 2 crooks. Hardy uses every trick he has learned in his short life to throw the bad guys off his trail yet leave signs for his father. Eventually all parties converge for a rip-snorting climax.
This is a great western, if not politically correct, in this day and age. The only problem that I had with it is that some of the dates don't work. Hardy's father was supposed to be over 15 when the Royal Navy pressed him. Yet the story is set in 1848. Given that the Napoleonic wars ended 33 years before the story and that the Royal Navy had to downsize decommissioning sailors not pressing them, Hardy's father is either a lot older than he seems in the story or L'Amour has an anachronism. However, this is a minor point.
Down the Long Hills is a great story and shows why L'Amour should have received more critical acclaim than he did.
Most recent customer reviews
First Western I read as a kid, also the first book that I read without pictures. Fond memories of reading this with my dad, as both of us love a good adventure story.Published 14 months ago by DreamerReader
You cannot put this books down. I try to forget it so I can read it again every few years. Not like L'Amour's other books, the shoot em up, good guy gets the girl. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003
We read this in the car driving home from a vacation with our 4 children, aged 12 and under. We all loved it, from parents to kids! Read morePublished on June 30 2003
I have read all of L'Amour's books, and this is one of the first ones I read (at the same age Hardy is in the book - 7). Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by elanorh
I was surprised to see a rating average of only 4 and a half stars on this one. This is the only book for which L'Amour ever won a Golden Spur Award from Western Writers of... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2000
This book isn't one of Louis L'Amour's best. There were a few exciting moments, but the times between them were very dull. Read morePublished on Dec 9 1999
When the kids are stranded,after the wagon train massacree,they have limited resources to sustain themselves,but... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 1999