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Last Go Round

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Last Go Round is a tall tale set around the real-life events of the original 1911 Pendleton Round-Up, a controversy that still raises hackles to this day. It showcases a love of a good yarn and gives a salute to our bustin' bronco past (real or imagined). Let 'er buck!
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Publisher Comments:

It was around a sagebrush campfire in eastern Oregon that Kesey first heard the tale from his father — about the legendary "last go round" that took place at the original Pendleton Round Up in 1911. Hundreds of riders were competing for the first World Championship Broncbusting title, but it was one special trio of buckeroos that provided the drama: a popular black cowboy, George Fletcher; a Nez Perce Indian cowboy, Jackson Sundown; and a fresh-faced kid from Tennessee name of Johnathan E. Lee Spain. Who would walk away with the prize money and the silver-studded saddle? When the dust cleared, everyone knew they'd witnessed something extraordinary. Kesey has journeyed back into Oregon history to reclaim this long-remembered moment, beefed up the bare bones of fact, and whipped them into a full-blown rip-snorting Tale of the True West. Sixteen pages of rare Round Up photographs provide graphic testimony of the time. The tiny town of Pendleton is swollen to bursting that memorable weekend and bristling with colorful characters like Buffalo Bill Cody, wrestler Frank "The Cruel Crusher" Gotch, cowgirl Prairie Rose Henderson, and a formidable medicine man named Parson Montanic. From the teepees along the river to the teeming saloons on Main Street, Round Up fever blazes like a prairie fire. This story of love, sweat, and horseflesh is a unique Western, wild and wooly and full of fleas. Let 'er buck!

Review:

"Kesey relishes the chance to create a revisionist view of a particular time and place in American history, using the anchor of a real-life event (documented in 16 pages of b&w photos of the actual Pendleton Round-Up) to substantiate his delightfully entertaining vision of goodness triumphing over evil." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ribald and folksy, the book captures the Old West multicultural milieu of a small eastern Oregon town crowded with cowboys, Indians, and tourists.... Plenty of bronco busting, roping, riding, and rambunctious carrying-on flesh out the lively yarn." Booklist

Review:

"[The] story is full of memorable characters and entertains in a way that should appeal to a much broader audience than most of Kesey's recent work. This vintage Kesey — his best effort since Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) — will likely engender much interest." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Out of the mists of Oregon lore, Ken Kesey has summoned a long-remembered story he first heard as a boy from his father around a campfire: the "last go round" at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1911, which pitted three cowboys against each other as they rode for the first world broncbusting crown. Photos.

About the Author

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 and grew up in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Scowcroft, and Frank O' Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962. His second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, followed in 1964. His other books include Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, Caverns (with O. U. Levon), The Further Inquiry, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round (with Ken Babbs). His two children's books are Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and The Sea Lion. Ken Kesey died on November 10, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140176674
Author:
Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs
Publisher:
Penguin Books
With:
Babbs, Ken
Author:
Kesey, Ken
Author:
Babbs, Ken
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rodeos
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Pendleton (Or.) Fiction.
Subject:
Pendleton
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2209
Publication Date:
19950731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.68x5.08x.51 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140176674 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Last Go Round is a tall tale set around the real-life events of the original 1911 Pendleton Round-Up, a controversy that still raises hackles to this day. It showcases a love of a good yarn and gives a salute to our bustin' bronco past (real or imagined). Let 'er buck!

"Review" by , "Kesey relishes the chance to create a revisionist view of a particular time and place in American history, using the anchor of a real-life event (documented in 16 pages of b&w photos of the actual Pendleton Round-Up) to substantiate his delightfully entertaining vision of goodness triumphing over evil."
"Review" by , "Ribald and folksy, the book captures the Old West multicultural milieu of a small eastern Oregon town crowded with cowboys, Indians, and tourists.... Plenty of bronco busting, roping, riding, and rambunctious carrying-on flesh out the lively yarn."
"Review" by , "[The] story is full of memorable characters and entertains in a way that should appeal to a much broader audience than most of Kesey's recent work. This vintage Kesey — his best effort since Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) — will likely engender much interest."
"Synopsis" by , Out of the mists of Oregon lore, Ken Kesey has summoned a long-remembered story he first heard as a boy from his father around a campfire: the "last go round" at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1911, which pitted three cowboys against each other as they rode for the first world broncbusting crown. Photos.

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