Ghost Town : A Novel (Paperback)

Author: Coover, Robert

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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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Publisher Grove Press
Mfg Part# 9780802136664
SKU 30536513
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802136664
Release Date 2/1/2000
Author Info
Robert Coover
Robert Coover was born in Iowa, and attended Southern Illinois University, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago, from which he has an M.A. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. Married in 1959, he has three children. Coover is an incredibly versatile writer, the author of novels, short fiction, plays, and at least one film script. Coover is renowned for his richly satirical eye and his inventive experimentations with traditional forms. In 1965 he was the winner of the Faulkner Award for Best First Novel.
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Annotation A solitary horseman comes to town, and the results include gunfights, a brawl in the local bar, the love of a good woman (the schoolmarm) and the temptations of the flesh (the loose-living singer at the saloon). Coover's postmodern spoof of western clich?s was a New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
First Line Bleak horizon under a glazed sky, flat desert, clumps of sage, scrub, distant butte, lone rider.
Editors Note A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western town shimmering on the horizon. In his latest novel, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form of the Western and turned it inside out, attaining what THE NEW YORK TIMES has called "a blunt, profanity-laced existentialism that seems actually to improve on Sartre." The lonesome stranger reaches the town or rather, it reaches him and he becomes part of its archetypal struggles: gunfights, saloon brawls, bawdy houses, train robberies, and of course the choice between the saloon chanteuse and 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 fun-house mirror...a heady frisson, a salon entertainment, one helluva ride."
Editors Note 3 A Western town takes on a life of its own when a stranger rides in and is drawn into a series of brawls, gunfights, and train robberies while becoming entangled with a saloon singer and a schoolmistress, with whom he falls in love.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0160
Publisher Grove Press
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