The Hi-Lo Country

Max Evans


The Hi-Lo Country

The Hi-Lo Country

  • Title: The Hi-Lo Country
  • Author: Max Evans
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Kindle Edition



This is the story of the friendship between two men, their mutual love for one woman, and their bone deep allegiance to the harsh, dry New Mexican land The chronicler is a young rancher named Pete who hells around with his closest friend Big Boy Matson Together they drink, gamble, fight, rodeo and both fall in love with an attractive and dangerous married woman.


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Max Evans says in the introduction to the 1995 edition of this novella that he set out to capture the “Old West” of the 1940s-50s, before it became mythologized like all the earlier ones. His central character, Big Boy Matson, is a larger-than-life cowboy full of the give-em-hell spirit of the generation before him. He scorns the modernizing of cattle ranching and would sooner ride a horse than drive a pickup to do his job. . .Read my review at my blog.

This classic (and filmed) book chronicles, on one level, a story of male friendship and rivalry over a beautiful woman, and, on another level, set in Hi Lo, New Mexico, with its vast cattle ranches, and derelict town with two saloons, the ways of the cowboy in the mid-twentieth century. Pete tells the story of the life and death of his friend, Big Boy Matson, with the traditional, rousing ingredients of rodeos, fist-fights, games of poker, the stubborn bonds of friendship between men, the powerf [...]

Well everything seemed promising in the beginning. The quirky anecdotes lead me to believe that the text was going somewhere. But then someone was raped, and the rapist's only reaction was indignation that she was a lousy lay (and he felt guilty for betraying the woman's boyfriend) then there were a few more anecdotes and the author realized he was running low on paper so the book ended. Just like that. Maybe I have high expectations after reading so many great works recently, but this one defin [...]


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