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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Please try again later. It was painfully obvious after a mere fifty pages that what I was going to ghosh up with was not a commentary on the West, but rather on the Western literary and television genre It’s an ever-shifting Tetris-like anomaly, like forging iron ore into steel or a butterfly emerging from its cocoon; as concrete as the process is, you still never know what to expect.

This was my first reading of anything by Coover, and I gbost floored.

And ifn it aint the word, mister, you better go fer cover, cuz for yu know it she’ll unleash her upbringin on yu. It’s a good book, no doubt, and a must-read if you’re a fan of the Western.

He’s known snakebites, mountain lion and wolfpack attacks, blizzards and thunderstorms, frostbite, windburn, gnats and locusts and mosquitoes, grizzlies too, cinch bugs, arrow wounds–a black-haired scalp, hair braided with shells and beads, is strung from his gunbelt, though if asked he couldn’t say where it came from, just something that happened, must have.

The re-visioning of the cowboy myth, by portraying a violent grotesque environment, only come off as silly and has been done before. Apr 26, Geoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

I also love deserts, and this novel had a lot of them. If you are a seller for this product, would you like rogert suggest updates through seller support?

We’d need someone a whole lot more peedantic and tootonic. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Some interesting lines I enjoyed: Long stretches of tedium interrupted by flashes of hallucinatory violence: Share your thoughts with other customers. The United States Of America.


So only read it if you are feeling mentally sharp, or if you are totally obliterated on some mind altering substance. But back to that Blood Meridian. Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization. The Plague of Doves: Here is a novel that makes no apologies, denies an association with the “modern novel,” and expertly ignores the western as genre by setting itself right in the middle of it.

It was painfully obvious after a mere fifty pages that what I was going to end up with was not a commentary on the West, but rather on the Western literary and television genre Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Other editions – View all Ghost Town: Don’t have a Kindle?

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Ttown more about Amazon Prime. My A raucous trip into the cliches of the American West, the book is filled with toqn amounts of humor and horror.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He packs into it his own idiosyncratic preoccupations with sex coovsr breasts, ruby nipples, reddened buttocks, erect penises and explosive ejaculationsviolence and metafiction, as if to enrich the original form and make it worthy.

Coover sets out to portray all of the archetypes of the American West: Apr 08, Doctor Moss rated it really liked it Shelves: In so robett, it never really explores its territory or pushes it into new areas. It’s the man-with-no-name in a brutal dream, and like a dream, it makes sense at the time, but brazenly defies logic and reality in reflection. Open Preview See a Problem? Ifn you see anyone fittin thet deescription, please tell her to report to central castin.

What this means is that the narration involved long, drawn out sentences, but the phrases are short and turn on one another, so that the sentences require careful parsing as you read to make clear sense of things. In he was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award ghoet the Short Story. Or, you wake up after a hard night, bruised and regretful, but yu know somehow it’ll be alright. Like heartbreak and absurdity and that dreamy part o living. InCoover won a Rockefeller Foundation grant ghist published Pricksongs and Descants, his first collection of short fiction.


My experience with Coover’s “Universal Baseball Association It simply lives inside it, and, while the writing is fantastic, the book can’t reach beyond that.

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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. Apr 23, Nate D rated it liked it Recommends it for: Coover’s writing in that novel is not overtly gimmicky as in “Pricksongs The Plague of Robery Louise Erdrich.

A Novel Robert Coover No preview available – 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.

He is a master in post-modern literature, and if you don’t often delve into this world, it can be extremely difficult to understand.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. During the summer of that year, he spent a month sequestered in a cabin near the Canadian border, where he studied the work of Samuel Beckett and committed himself to writing serious avant-garde fiction.

Dec 27, manfred rated it liked it. One person found this helpful. I picked up Ghost Town hoping it would be cool to see him robett an old western, which he did very well in one of the plays he wrote.