six bits a day by Elmer Kelton ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2005 NOVEMBER 1ST MASS MARKET EDITION OCTOBER 2006 FORGE WESTERNS Six bits - seventy five cents A cowboy’s daily wage in the era this book is set This novel is a prequel to the authors previous works, The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country. And I’ve not read either of those books so maybe this one is the best one to come in on the adventures of Hewey Calloway, a character who has been called one of thos most memorable characters in modern western fiction. To come in on a prequel is no handicap since by their very nature the author is writing about new characters or rather the early life of established characters, given them the adventures that will define their later selves. The author has to create the characters from the ground up for a prequel novel so I found the story easy to slip into. And what a story. This is the kind of gentle old fashioned western. There is little real violence but tons of action and the characters are so well realised that the readers gets sucked into the novel. This is a brilliant novel from one of the best western novelists working today. And after finishing it I was left gagging for more and I promptly ordered The Good Old Boys from Amazon. What more can one say.
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