Hunter's Horn

Hunter's Horn

Michigan State University Press is proud to announce the re-release of Harriette Simpson Arnow's 1949 novel Hunter's Horn, a work that Joyce Carol Oates called "our most unpretentious American masterpiece."        In Hunter's Horn, Arnow has written the quintessential account of Kentucky hill people?the quintessential novel of Southern Appalachian farmers, foxhunters, foxh Michigan State University Press is proud to announce the re-release of Harriette Simpson Arnow's 1949 novel Hun...

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Title:Hunter's Horn
Author:Harriette Simpson Arnow
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:375 pages pages

Hunter's Horn Reviews

  • Mary Ann
    Jun 26, 2015

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

  • Evi
    Jul 05, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

  • Gina Whitlock
    Apr 07, 2014

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

    Took me 2 months to get through this one. The rich prose brought me back again and again. For a Pulitzer runner-up it's weak on plotting tho. The main story arc too weak to carry the real story and limped to a sad ending. ...

    Another well-written novel-wish I would have discovered her writings sooner. ...

    I remember reading "The Dollmaker" in college. "Hunter's Horn" was also very good. ...

    This story is set in Appalachia. The poverty is devastating but the story is sometimes warm then raw with grief. I love Arnow's writing and plan to read all of her books. ...

  • Heather Hall-Martin
    May 03, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

  • Candi
    May 30, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

  • Lis Carey
    Jul 03, 2014

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

  • Dale
    Feb 09, 2016

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

  • Sharon Jones
    Jul 22, 2012

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

  • Nicole
    Jul 10, 2011

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

  • Courtney Umlauf
    Aug 18, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

  • Diane Barnes
    Apr 06, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

  • Camie
    Apr 12, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

  • Jill
    Aug 16, 2015

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

  • Genia Milam
    Dec 30, 2013

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

    Took me 2 months to get through this one. The rich prose brought me back again and again. For a Pulitzer runner-up it's weak on plotting tho. The main story arc too weak to carry the real story and limped to a sad ending. ...

    Another well-written novel-wish I would have discovered her writings sooner. ...

  • Brian Tucker
    Mar 09, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

  • Meloni Murph
    Feb 09, 2014

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

    Took me 2 months to get through this one. The rich prose brought me back again and again. For a Pulitzer runner-up it's weak on plotting tho. The main story arc too weak to carry the real story and limped to a sad ending. ...

    Another well-written novel-wish I would have discovered her writings sooner. ...

    I remember reading "The Dollmaker" in college. "Hunter's Horn" was also very good. ...

  • John
    Jul 28, 2015

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

    Took me 2 months to get through this one. The rich prose brought me back again and again. For a Pulitzer runner-up it's weak on plotting tho. The main story arc too weak to carry the real story and limped to a sad ending. ...

  • Caitrona Leslie
    Feb 09, 2013

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

  • James Aura
    Apr 18, 2016

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

  • Maurita Kling
    Jan 04, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

  • Dustincecil
    Apr 21, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

  • Alexis Weedman
    Jul 13, 2016

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

  • Jen
    Oct 03, 2014

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

    This was the first book that my late uncle introduced me to. He was American and he loved American literature - a love engendered in him by his father who was a high-school teacher. Hunter's Horn brings home the grim, grimmer than grim reality of poverty and inequality in American soci...

    A masterwork of Americana. This is the saga of a Kentucky Hill Country family in the years around the Great Depression and World War II. A story of obsession, poverty, but also hope and recovery. The amount of detail into the daily lives of people who are essentially American peasants...

    This was another excellent book by Harriette Arnow who wrote The Doll Maker. I really like a book with lots of dialect and a tougher read than most, so this one didn't disappoint me. I learned alot about the back hills people, hound dogs and what setting your goals so high that you ign...

    One of my favorites. I read this for my Kentucky Literature class and it made me fall in love with my home state again. My professor called it "the American Moby Dick" and I have to agree. While it is lengthy and, in places, a little long-winded, it is worth it. It is absolutely fantas...

    Amazing, engrossing read. I was mesmerized by this account of the daily lives and struggles of an Appalachian community's people. It was in turn agonizing and exhilarating to read of their hardships and joys. Truly this book transports you to another world in another time. Love this au...

    Took me 2 months to get through this one. The rich prose brought me back again and again. For a Pulitzer runner-up it's weak on plotting tho. The main story arc too weak to carry the real story and limped to a sad ending. ...

    Another well-written novel-wish I would have discovered her writings sooner. ...

    I remember reading "The Dollmaker" in college. "Hunter's Horn" was also very good. ...

    This story is set in Appalachia. The poverty is devastating but the story is sometimes warm then raw with grief. I love Arnow's writing and plan to read all of her books. ...

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  • Marie Carmean
    Sep 11, 2017

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

  • Harold Norman
    Nov 11, 2016

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

  • Luci
    May 07, 2016

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

  • Grace Tenkay
    Apr 17, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

  • Jazz Fan
    Sep 17, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

    One of the best books I have ever read. ...

    I am having a Very Hard Time with this Very Depressing Book!! It's a bad time for me to read this, but after reading The Dollmaker I thought I would. give it a try. Extremely Depressing so far & Not what I need to read! Very Primitive & Misogynistic!! Glad I did Not need to go...

    This was an exceptionally good deep dive into a time and place in history, following an Appalachian family during the great depression. Great characters and a compelling story. ...

  • Esther Pierce
    Jun 21, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...

    I've read Between the Flowers and Dollmaker. Both are masterworks and both brought me to tears--especially Dollmaker which is one of the most heart-wrenching tales I have ever read and some of the most powerful prose. Compared to Dollmaker, Hunter's Horn is a quiet, more understated st...

    "The happenchance of it all." This is regional fiction at its finest. Forget Faulkner. Read this. ...

    A slow read with little print, but a LOT of heart. I loved that this book never really let me settle on final judgments of most of these people,despite really wanting to burden them with my own personal prejudices. There are a lot of unforgettable scenes in this book. (Lureenie ...

    It was a sin to think such things, but sometimes, instead of a good king Jesus smiling over them all from somewhere behind the sky, there was a grinning red-eyed devil, hot-breathing and hard as the cracked earth, but cold in his heart as the late frosts of the blighted spring that ha...

    set in rural KY (not clear where) Nunn Ballew is a simple farmer who loves to hunt fox with his hounds, at the expense of the farm and large family. This novel is the 2nd in a series of 3 novels, though I didn?t know that the three were part of a series originally. Very, very descrip...

    This is a wonderful book of Americana set in the hill country of Kentucky in the 1930s and 40s. Great color and characters... nearly an epic but it is really a microcosm of a culture seen through a family and its travails. For southern literature fans, check this out. It is a rare fin...

    An epic American story set in the 1930s and 40s. Some great masterful historical fiction. ...

    Harriette Arnow writes about America's Appalachia during the 40s in a singular way. I had mixed feelings about the book, however. It built slowly...in fact one wonders through almost the entire first half, where the story is going. Dragging as it did, I almost set it aside at times. Ar...

    Through the first half of this book, the reader is led to believe it's about Nunn Ballew, and his struggles to outwit the mysterious red fox, King Devil. But, I felt it was the story of his wife, Milly. A very gut-wrenching tale of the hard scrabble life in the Kentucky hills short...

    A wonderful historical piece on the folks who populated the hills of Kentucky during the Great Depression. Terrific detail and the characters were unforgettable. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall, would recommend this highly. A classic indeed. ...

    This is a classic, a deep, detailed story about an Appalachian family during the great depression. Fascinating character portraits and an intriguing plot. Don't know how I overlooked this until now but glad I finally got to it. ...

  • NC Stone
    Jul 13, 2018

    "And his voice, snarling and animal-like, seemed to come from that part of him that lived past his will and his reason, the part that hunted King Devil and left all manhood behind until he was but one beast hunting another." On the surface, this novel is about a man and his obsessio...

    OK, first, let me just say that however the stars were aligned to enable me to be born at a time and in a culture where idiotic men could not make decisions about their wives and children's lives and futures with no recourse, thank you, thank you. Now that that's off my chest, on to...

    Nunn Ballew, his long suffering wife Milly, and their young family featuring mainly their eldest daughter Suse, are at the center of this circa 1940's novel which is set in the hills of Kentucky. Farm life is desperately tough especially on the women since the men are distracted by hou...

    I got yer Great American Novel right here. In the years just prior to American entry into World War II, Nunn Ballew is raising his family, trying to restore the family land that he bought back with money earned in the mines, and hunting an especially pernicious red fox, known as Kin...

    This is the book John Steinbeck would have written if he was a feminist and a better writer. It's an American masterpiece. I found it to be engaging and flawless from beginning to end. How did it fall out of the public consciousness? ...

    Really good historical fiction/Americana. The author skillfully takes us into the lives of the simple people living in the Hill country of Kentucky during the depression years. Thanks to the folks who recommended this. Your library might not have it, but worth checking out thru interli...