Dark Thicket

Dark Thicket One of America s greatest Western storytellers Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America Dark Thicket is one of his many classic tales of

  • Title: Dark Thicket
  • Author: Elmer Kelton
  • ISBN: 9780812565225
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of America s greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America Dark Thicket is one of his many classic tales of the history of his home state of Texas.Young Owen Danforth rides home to Texas as a wounded Confederate soldier, at a time when his home state is as savagely divided as his nOne of America s greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America Dark Thicket is one of his many classic tales of the history of his home state of Texas.Young Owen Danforth rides home to Texas as a wounded Confederate soldier, at a time when his home state is as savagely divided as his nation As a grievously wounded America staggers toward the inevitable end of the Civil War, secessionist home guards and staunch Union loyalists fight their own bloody battles on a local scale For Owen, sick to death of fighting and yearning for peace and recuperation, his homecoming is bittersweet And when his blood ties force him to choose a side in an unwinnable conflict, Owen begins to wonder if he will ever see peace in Texas again.

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    About " Elmer Kelton "

  • Elmer Kelton

    Elmer Kelton 1926 2009 was award winning author of than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956 Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years He served in the infantry in World War II He died in 2009cmillan author elmerk

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  • Good western of young confederate returning to Texas wounded, hoping to get better so he can rejoin his company. He finds his home in Texas under siege from the "home guard" who are using the war as an opportunity to steal land. The young soldier gets drawn into this struggle even though it might be considered treasoness. Of course he stops the n'er-do-wells and finds a right purty girl to fall in love with. If you haven't read Kelton you should. He's the best.


  • Elmer Kelton wrote so well that I never feel like I am reading a genre novel when I read his westerns. This one is set in Texas at the end of the Civil War when everyone was still testy about which side they were on. Kelton paints a good picture of how difficult it would have been to live in this time period. Most enjoyable.


  • A small paperback book that can be read in an afternoon; just the right size to stow in a travel bag. This story is about the war between the north and south for people in the small towns and on their ranches in Texas. Owen goes off to fight for the south but his father and others are for the north. He is wounded and goes home on sick leave, only to find that bad guys have their own ideas about taking over under the guise of being union sympathizers. Would make a good movie.


  • The protagonist was foolish to the point of endangering everyone around him and seemed to not be able to help himself from making more trouble for everyone in the area than was necessary or even believable.



  • As usual the author Elmer Kelton turns in a good story. He was voted one of the best Western writers ever. In some ways I agree and in some ways I don't, as I would probably give the edge to another famous author Louis Lamour. No doubt Kelton can spin a good yarn, but after reading many of his books, they all seem to be somewhat familar. This one is no different with the setting taking place in Texas, during the civil war nearing towards it's end, and involving a young soldier Owen Danforth. Owe [...]


  • A good stand alone western/historical novel as only Elmer Kelton can write them. Late in the War Between the States , Owen Danforth, a young Rebel veteran, returns home to East Texas to recuperate from a battle wound. He finds his father and uncle, both of whom remained loyal to the Union, beset by villanous Confederate "home guards" who never served and are out to steal their farms and livestock before the war ends, killing his kinfolks if necessary. Does Owen stand with his family, even if it [...]


  • Owen Danforth is wounded fighting for the Confederacy and is sent home to recuperate. A former pig thief who now comands the home guard confiscates his horse. and is trying to destroy all the unionist in the area of East Texas. Owen's father and uncle are unionist who aid Confederate deserters. Despite his best intentions Owen is drawn into the conflict as he rescues a uniionist girl and her mother.


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