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A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western town shimmering on the horizon. In his latest novel, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form of the Western and turned it inside out. The lonesome stranger reaches the town - or rather, it reaches him - and he becomes part of its gunfights, saloon brawls, bawdy houses, train robberies, and, of course, the choice between the saloon chanteuse or the sweet-faced schoolmistress whom he loves. Throughout, Robert Coover reanimates the Western epics of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, infusing them with the Beckettian echoes, unique comic energy, and exuberant prose that have made him one of the most influential figures in contemporary American literature. It is, as The Washington Post Book World put it, "a fast-forward, ribald vision of the American West, a free-for-all that slides from surreal to ridiculous like a circus-goer's grin through a funhouse mirror . . . a heady frisson, a salon entertainment, one helluva ride."

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lukas, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
One of the only post-modern westerns that I know of. And, yeah, some might say Cormac McCarthy but he' s more of a modernist-primitive or something. Robert Coover, best known for "The Public Burning," takes on one of America's signature genres and recasts the tropes and cliches as a kind of absurdist drama reminiscent at times of Beckett and Kafka. By turns bloody and surreal, Coover hits on a singular mix of the profane and the baroque for his dialogue (conveniently presented without quotation marks, something McCarthy does too), which anticipates "Deadwood." It is hard to tell whether he genuinely likes the genre and is taking it apart out of love or if he has contempt for it and is killing it with irony and farce. At times it reminded me of Jarmusch's acid western "Dead Man." Interesting, at the very least. Other modern takes on the western: McCarthy, of course, "True Grit," "Butcher's Crossing," "The Brothers Sisters," The Hawkline Monster."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802136664
Author:
Coover, Robert
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Western stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Grove Press
Series:
Coover, Robert
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7 lb

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A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western town shimmering on the horizon. In his latest novel, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form of the Western and turned it inside out. The lonesome stranger reaches the town - or rather, it reaches him - and he becomes part of its gunfights, saloon brawls, bawdy houses, train robberies, and, of course, the choice between the saloon chanteuse or the sweet-faced schoolmistress whom he loves. Throughout, Robert Coover reanimates the Western epics of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour, infusing them with the Beckettian echoes, unique comic energy, and exuberant prose that have made him one of the most influential figures in contemporary American literature. It is, as The Washington Post Book World put it, "a fast-forward, ribald vision of the American West, a free-for-all that slides from surreal to ridiculous like a circus-goer's grin through a funhouse mirror . . . a heady frisson, a salon entertainment, one helluva ride."

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