Honey in the Horn #(2020)
- Title: Honey in the Horn
- Author: H.L. Davis Richard W. Etulain
- ISBN: 9780870717680
- Page: 460
- Format: Paperback
Set in Oregon in the early years of the twentieth century, H L Davis s Honey in the Horn chronicles the struggles faced by homesteaders as they attempted to settle down and eke out subsistence from a still wild land With sly humor and keenly observed detail, Davis pays homage to the indomitable character of Oregon s restless people and dramatic landscapes without romantSet in Oregon in the early years of the twentieth century, H L Davis s Honey in the Horn chronicles the struggles faced by homesteaders as they attempted to settle down and eke out subsistence from a still wild land With sly humor and keenly observed detail, Davis pays homage to the indomitable character of Oregon s restless people and dramatic landscapes without romanticizing or burnishing the myths Clay Calvert, an orphan, works as a hand on a sheep ranch until he stumbles into trouble and is forced to flee Journeying throughout the state, from the lush coastal forests, to the Columbia Gorge, to the golden wheat fields east of the Cascades, he encounters a cast of characters as rich and diverse as the land, including a native Tunne boy and a beautiful girl named Luce Originally published in 1935, Honey in the Horn reveals as much about the prevailing attitudes and beliefs of H L Davis lifetime as it does about the earlier era in which it is set It transcends the limitations of its time through the sheer power and beauty of Davis prose Full of humor and humanity, Davis s first novel displays a vast knowledge of Pacific Northwest history, lore, and landscape An essential book for all serious readers of Northwest literature, this classic coming of age novel has been called the Huckleberry Finn of the West It is the only Oregon book that has ever won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction With a new introduction by Richard W Etulain, this important work from one of Oregon s premier authors is once again available for a new generation to enjoy.
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This is a novel about homesteaders in Oregon around 1900 that I had heard about for years, but it was out of print and the copies that were available were expensive I finally found a used copy at a decent price and I was looking forward to reading it It was disappointing Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1936, it is badly dated Davis was first a poet and only later a novelist, and it shows There are lengthy passages describing the landscape with long lists of fauna and flora that are beautif [...]
I used to have this long speech I d give about literature and how much concerned with quality of content I am than the topic of the content I used to say that I d read a 1,000 page book written on the history of a couch, if the writing was done interestingly enough, because I am not typically very concerned with plots, suspense or other manipulative techniques that are typically used to make me forget not notice that the writing is sub par.It s been a long time since that speech and a long time [...]
Keeping with my goal to read each Pulitzer Prize winning novel written prior to 1940 which isn t so monumental a task considering the first was awarded in 1917 , I finished reading Honey in the Horn and I m glad I did Yes, it s archaic Yes, for today s standards it wouldn t even find a publisher much less win a Pulitzer if for any reason it lacks political correctness But to approach a 70 plus year old novel without placing yourself in the author s reference of time is unfair to yourself and the [...]
What was missing in Davis s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotyping and moralizing that could be found in much of the regional literature of the time Instead, this is essentially a coming of age novel with complex, finely wrought, often humorous characters who are just trying to make a life though the going isn t easy Davis s rendering of the rugged Oregon landscape is simply gorgeous Reminiscent of Stegner s Big Rock Candy Mountain, but with much humor [...]
Finished yet another of our Pulitzer reads This was a fascinating book the adjectives colorful, complex, brilliant, rich, humorous pop to mind as i try to find a way to describe it, but I find description of the book elusive We stopped several times during our reading to comment on the vocabulary and phrases expressions that that author used some just plain tickled our fancy, others were many layered, complex This is one of those books that could should be re read for even deeper enjoyment.
I ll get this from the library tomorrow I encountered Davis for the first time as far as I remember in the short story book I just finished Never heard of him before that We ll see Started this morning with some reading before work and I m a bit leary of the wry folksiness of the style Typical 30 s Lot s of rural Oregon 1900 colloqialisms as well It ll probably flow better as I go along The edition I m reading came from the Southwest Harbor Library and is quite old 1935 I think and hardbound of [...]
This book won the Pulitzer just 4 years before Grapes of Wrath 1936 1940 Which is really kind of amazing, as these books have a lot in common they look at migrations of people and what led them there Obviously Grapes of Wrath looks at a much larger migration in a different time and place and a much worse human induced climatic catastrophe But though this book is dated esp when discussing the various Indian tribes though Davis does go into detail about who is who, there are not just Indians , Dav [...]
I read this in advance of a recent trip to Oregon, as Davis was born to a settler family there and wrote a great deal about his home state The period 1930s and regional slang is challenging but only because we don t know it a dictionary neatly addressed this problem I am grateful to Davis, however, for preserving this exact language This is a coming of age tale, not sentimental, a sort of West Coast version of Huck Finn though that s a stretch It is full of entertaining and, by today s standards [...]
H L Davis spins a tale that only a man who had lived through that period of time in Oregon, had picked hops, stacked hay, ridden the outlaw trail and listened to a whole lot of stories in bars could have written.As a native Oregonian that s actually a new paper, not the real name we call ourselves with ancestors and relatives living across most of the state at one time or another in the past 150 years, I have heard some of these stories from the Willamette Valley about the bums and the hops pick [...]
There was a run down old tollbridge station in the Shoestring Valley of Southern Oregon where Uncle Preston Shiveley had lived for fifty years, outlasting a wife, two sons, several plagues of grasshoppers, wheat rust and caterpillars, and a couple or three invasions of land hunting settlers and real estate speculators, and everybody else except the scattering of old pioneers who cockleburred themselves onto the country the same time he did THe setting is the early 1900s of Oregon The plot concer [...]
This book offers an awesome look at Oregon at the end of the 1800 s I copied down several different quotes that were just philosophically awesome There were terms in the book I ll never understand he dug the hole very jesusly and explanations of occurrences I d heard of, but with reasons I d never heard Davis claims the main reason immigrant workers like the Chinese were preferred for building the railroad because they often hired themselves out in teams with an american group leader, and the le [...]
I really enjoyed this 1935 Pulitzer Winner about life in Oregon in the late 19th century The author s colloquial style and tongue in cheek, though folksy, authentic narration style was masterful The story of a young man and woman making their way in the Wild West was full of the usual guns, horses, wagons, Indians, fever and fire cooked meals, but with focus on the influence of women than usual and very little consideration for children I particularly liked the opening passage He met her in the [...]
A truly enjoyable and sometimes comic coming of age story set in Oregon, Davis home state Clay Calvert, an orphan, is forced to flee his job as a ranch hand on a sheep farm and he falls in with some homesteaders seeking the perfect location With them, he meets the lovely Luce who captures his heart The story becomes their story, with all its quirky characters and its astonishing prose that details the native plants and describes the scenery so well Davis writing reminds me of Mark Twain s, for i [...]
This book won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize Fiction A serious read about Oregon life in the homestead era early 20th century Indelible character portraits coupled with a great love for Oergon s natural beauty, plus a quiet sympathy for the Native American people Very much like reading Mark Twain Highly recommended if you re into Oregon history.
A book that is first western, Oregon Trail epic, and then love story sounds like a winner Honey in the Horn would be great if it didn t fall prey to the dreaded slow downs The book was slow in several places, and it hurt the overall story The characters were great though and the prose was surprisingly humorous.
This book was a Pulitzer Prize winner in the 1930 s I wonder if it would have been today Davis voice is intoxicating His descriptions of people and places reminded me of Annie Proulx The story follows a 16 year old boy on a journey into manhood in the 1900 s in Oregon.
Raw account of rough life of Oregon homesteaders Dense style loaded with wonderful and unsettling details.
From my perspective, this is just a mediocre book Not bad, not great I probably wouldn t have chosen this book for a Pulitzer, but I guess I can sort of see why it was chosen In a sense, there is nothing quintessentially American in the United States of America sense of the term than a western story And this is exactly what the book is a western Cowboys, Indians, hunting, cattle, hangings, outlawry, frontier justice, etc The fact that it takes place in the Northwest, in Oregon, makes it a tad [...]
A few funny lines and a portrait of homesteaders culture that I ve never read about before.
This was last month s selection of the Pulitzer reading club I belong to.I started it a bit late, but I am so glad I read this The most amazing thing about the book is the voice of the narrator Set in Oregon at the end of the 19th century, the book shares the traditions of authors like Mark Twain and Bret Harte It is a vehicle for the author to develop a wide variety of characters from that place and era, and his descriptions and use of dialect lets these characters emerge clearly At times, the [...]
Honey in the Horn by H.L Davis was a delightful journey through an era and a geographical place that I will not easily forget This classic has been reprinted at various times throughout the years and I happened to catch one of the new re printings which acquainted me with a truly unique tale Davis s prose reminds me of Mari Sandoz but maybe so of Mark Twain The book is filled with colorful characters and some chuckle inspiring moments You have the sense of sitting around a campfire one autumn n [...]
From the Introduction Nowhere does the story explicitly identify a particular narrator, although many of Davis s other stories do so However, the tone suggests Davis had in mind the presence of someone other than an authorial voice or implied author as narrator It is a notion for which we have no ready made critical language, however much we could use some And, of course, Davis s response carries implications for identifying the narrative line itself, for if the narrator is important than Clay [...]
Pulitzer 1936 Harold Davis s book is an account of Clay Calvert a 16 year old kid and ranch hand He is forced to flee from the law due to committing a crime while obeying his employer While on the lam he meets and falls in love with Luce, a horse trader s daughter and someone who is rather untrustworthy The story takes them through their romance and the trials of living in the Oregon wilderness This is another one of those didn t like it didn t hate it books There were parts that flowed pretty w [...]
I liked this book better than I expected which will teach me, yet again, not to rely too much on a book s star rating this one sits at 3.60 and judge for myself You re going to meet people in this book A lot of them Naturally some are memorable than others Clark Burdon, Wade Shiveley, the horse trader, the miserly lumber mill owner, Old Savage, and yes, the shop keeper in the middle of nowhere but just within listening distance to the ocean that he s never ventured to look at The dialog is spar [...]
I ll just quote the powells review What was missing in Davis s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Honey in the Horn was the romantic stereotyping and moralizing that could be found in much of the regional literature of the time Instead, this is essentially a coming of age novel with complex, finely wrought, often humorous characters who are just trying to make a life though the going isn t easy Davis s rendering of the rugged Oregon landscape is simply gorgeous Reminiscent of Stegner s Big Rock C [...]
I was intrigued by the story line It takes place in the final years of the old west in the Oregon territory I think this book cannot make up its mind what type of book it wants to be I think it is an early twentieth century coming of age story, but there are also elements of protest as to the way native Americans are treated and also elements of man versus nature as the homesteaders attempt to scratch out a living and finally there are hints at class injustices It is all written with magnificent [...]
I enjoyed the lively writing, am not sorry I read it, but wouldn t recommend that anyone go out of there way to read it It felt kind of dated and I got a little tired of it at times All of the characters were poked fun of, but some of the characterization of Native Americans was cringeable I was going to quote a paragraph or two just as an example of his entertaining style, but I can t remember where I put the book Going through the Pulitzers, it s kind of nice to read one set in the Northwest.
What a surprise to enjoy this book Sometimes when it s really thick and written ages ago, I go in hesitantly This book was pretty dang funny, astute in it s understanding of people with a good story line to pull me through I recommend it It s about settlers in SE Oregon who are on the road a lot, running into all sorts of odd ball types The story follows a young man, Clay on his adventures He gets into a bind and has to stay on the run There s a love story, of course It did a great job of placin [...]
It s a strong 3 stars Love books that invoke vivid imagery of the outdoors and this one fills the bill, repeatedly, as the setting is ever changing In the forward the author mentions an unfulfilled goal to include every profession in homestead era Oregon within the book He came close It was fun and well written but the story felt rushed and or disjointed at times, because of the goal to throughly document the time.
This took me a long time to read, but I m blaming that on the physical condition of the book itself I had to get an interlibrary loan for this one and it came in a BOX marked Fragile , which really made me question why I don t use my Kindle but anyway, it was ok There were a lot of words and side stories that had nothing to do with anything The characters were all kind of terrible people, and they didn t do much other than wander around Not my favorite.
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