[quote=“scherpschutter, post:9, topic:2944”]Recently read Portis’ True Grit, that is a witty, intelligently written novel. Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man is great. I started a McMurthy novel once, read 2-300 pages but had some other things on my mind and never finished the book. Never cared much for Parker and Leonard, second rate authors in my opinion. Not familiar with Eidson and Abbey. I’ve heard about Eidson, but don’t remember in which context. Did he write a novel that was adapted for the screen? The Missing maybe?
Yes! (Remembered you mentioning him when we discussed the movie)[/quote]
Yep, Eidson wrote The Last Ride which was filmed as The Missing. Also St Agnes’ Stand and some others. All very good.
Abbey wrote The Brave Cowboy (amongst others) which is a modern day western (or was modern in the 1950s when it was written) about a cowboy who refuses to conform to the expectations of contemporary society. This was also filmed under the title Lonely Are the Brave.
Parker and Leonard are both excellent writers of genre fiction in my opinion. They both are well known for their crime writing of course and their ‘pared down’ style suits that genre very well but it also suits the western I believe. Parker’s Cole and Hitch series (Appaloosa etc) make for very entertaining reading and Leonard’s westerns are amongst his best work for me. He chose a small area of Arizona to set all his western fiction in and this concentration means he is able to give a real sense of place and character whilst still adhering to his commitment to an economical style. His short stories are also very good for the same reasons. Parker and Leonard are what I would call light reading in comparison to some of the others mentioned but are no less valuable for that. They are always tight and atmospheric and well written and that’s all I really ask for in genre fiction.