I have read every book and manuscript Kelton has ever produced, and met him and his still pretty Austrian wife at many book-selling gatherings. He was voted as "the best western book writer of our times" (or something closely akin to that), and he well deserves the title.This book is another "Can't Put Down" book, and showcases (1) the polarization of the Civil War in many Texas Communities (2) various real life forts and battles of that war in Eastern New Mexico clear to the very tip of South Texas, and (3)the various rivers and watering holes along those trails (Commanche Springs of Fort Stockton, Texas). His characters are visible, almost tangible,and the reader develops s close kinship to their plights and exuberations.
This book by Elmer Kelton was to perfection, I throughly enjoyed it & Texas being my home made it more special because I could relate with places that the travel was about & also reading what I'm sure transpired in the 1800's, the hardships & being such an enjoyable easy & interesting read. Sorry that Elmer Kelton is no longer living but I will read his books now, surprised that he doesn't have more followers regarding the # of reviews being small. The Publisher should offer some of his books for free or 2.99 & that would enable his books to start flying out the door. I have now started reading "The Time It Never Rained".
Many A River is the story of two brothers separated when Indians attack and kill their parents and one is taken and the other manages to escape. And in the ensuing years we follow each of them as their lives take shape in the crossing of many rivers to get the point when they once again meet. Many A River is an excellent telling of this kind of incident which I am sure occurred many times in the West. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think you will too.
This book of Keltons give one a look historically of the 1800s of Texas and area. Many people suffered during those pioneer days of settling the state. The writer took one person and led him through that time in history. Great read.
Although predictable, the story is rich in detail and emotional appeal to the end. Two brothers are separated when Comanches kill their parents. Their paths for many years are very different and the story goes back and forth between them as they get further and further apart and then finally are brought together by events of the Civil War. It provides a view of a part of the War seldom recounted in history books.