Title: A Man Called Horse
Author: Dorothy M. Johnson
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 10th September 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: She complained loudly that her daughter had let herself go too cheap.
He wanted to become a man. But, instead, he became a horse.
I actually wouldn’t mind seeing the film that apparently exists because of this short story. It’s a nice, interesting and pleasant journey. Nothing that would completely change my world. But definitely enjoyable and probably worth seeing. In fact, I think that this is probably my favourite short story in the The Mammoth Book of Westerns collection so far. There was just something intriguing and fun about it.
I’m not really sure why I find this such a cheerful easy read – it’s a little dark considering the man called horse is kidnapped and there’s death and murder. And just all sorts of nonsense. But something about it just felt easy and comfortable. Definitely the kind of story that isn’t overly cheerful, but I still felt was weirdly comfortable (we just won’t read too much into that).
The part of the story that I think stuck with me most in this short story was the way in which Horse is able to grow. This is a pretty unique and intriguing coming of age story at its roots are in an experience that is not at all expected or typical. But it was most definitely enjoyable. I love how Horse grows from a boy who wants to be a man to a man who is just comfortable with who he is.