Hopalong Cassidy is an iconic western cowboy hero conceived by Clarence Mulford, but immortalized in a series of films starring William Boyd from 1935-1948. A tough-talking and violent character in the print novels, Cassidy was remade into a clean-cut hero who traveled the West with his sidekicks fighting villains who took advantage of the weak.
Clarence E. Mulford takes you back to the beginning by relating the stories (as told to him by Red and the boys of the BAR-20) of how Buck Peters started the BAR-20 ranch. It tells of how he picked up Hopalong Cassidy, Red Connors, Skinny Thompson, and many of the other colorful characters in this famous series.
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If you listen to a lot of westerns, and I have a lot, then you will be disappointed by this book. Clarence Mulford's writing style is awkward. I believe that he tries to impress you with his vocabulary, but it does not fit with the genre. If he uses the word 'cogitate' one more time I thought I would turn the book off! Westerns are supposed to be simple with simple people. He uses the vocabulary of a college professor for man like Hopalong. It did not fit at all...I was really disappointed.
Not from the genre because I love westerns. I will never get another book from Mulford though.
Bray's performance was solid for a western. The book was not his fault.
Characters were not a problem, the story was not bad the writing was terrible.
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