Ghost Town: A Novel [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A forlorn cowboy is forced to serve as both lawman and outlaw to a. Ghost Town. by Robert Coover. “The lonesome abstract cadences suggest Samuel Beckett As a gunsmokin” wordslinger, Coover rides. 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.

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But this rider is thrown into a whirlwind of western plot fixtures, exaggerated into crazed facsimiles. One person found this helpful. Much of what I said about Coover’s Noir could be said here, substituting the western genre for the noir genre. A Novel Author s: Throughout, Robert Coover reanimates the Western epics fown Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, infusing them with the Beckettian echoes, unique comic energy, and exuberant prose ocover have made him one of the most influential figures in contemporary American literature.

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Thought I’d die a the foamin wet rot. Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. But beyond its archtypes, there are also some completely visionary sequences here, haunting and defamiliarized. Other editions – View all Ghost Town: Bin awhiles since he wrote enythin about brothers ‘n sisters rboert in the shed, or enythin atall really.


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Wunder whet that’s about. Ghost Town Author s: Livin a life out here is shithe sez. No flow, doesn’t “skewer” anything. The fact that Ghost Town could easily have had a good story, but doesn’t, dooms it to its well-deserved oblivion. Oh, this here Ghost Town. Welcome to Louis L’Amour’s garden of earthly delights. There’s not a likable character in the book, not even the poorly defined protagonist, who comes across as just tkwn poorly motivated character, one completely lacking in introspection or self-knowledge.

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In so doing, it never really explores its territory or pushes it into new areas. The Origin of the Brunists and now, Ghost Town. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The chanteuse and the schoolmarm seem to be the only characters who are anchored in the real world, but don’t bet on it.

Coover ensures that the kid fails to end up with his one true love, the schoolmarm, because she corrects cooverr grammar and forces him to conform with linguistic and social conventions. The image naturally conjures Clint Eastwood’s man-with-no-name, riding into a town situated in an unearthly blank desert-scape.

Whut set yer dumb ghowt on fire? In short, this twn another over-praised novel by an author of noteworthy intentions but little original skill needed to pull it off. Out on the “Terrortory. My first contact with Coover’s work came when a college girlfriend an English major gave me a few stories from “Pricksongs and Descants.


There are other efforts, especially in the movies, to take a reflective look at the West as mythology, but nothing like this, nothing that’s as rude and funny, and surreal.


Those who come to Coover from his earlier works are well-prepared for this remarkable synthesis of excellent language, excellent description, excellent mood. Share your thoughts with other customers. The length of the book is so crucial, because there is a certain amount of that stuff that you want, and not more. The rider is badged, beaten, shot at, imprisoned, chased by a posse, falls in love, jilts, gets jilted.

Kind of like the Western itself. Not like decent folk do.

No eBook available Amazon. A meta Western that includes every trope and cliche you can think of. But too the tone and prose and mild disorientation suggest this comparison.

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A real cracker that makes his teeth rattle. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yet, they succeeded at neither.

Coover’s career is divided between the genius who wrote The Public Burning gobert most of Gerald’s Party and the smarty-pants who wrote Spanking the Maid and parts of Pinocchio in Venice.