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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The principal analogue is apparently meant to be the founding of the Christian religion, but Coover’s extensive irony requires that he reverse many of the traditional features of the Christian legend. Livin a life out here is shithe sez.

With the exception of a novel, A Night at the MoviesCoover’s publications in recent years have consisted mainly of shorter works, written at various stages of his career, published in limited editions to appeal to collectors. Coovre too the tone and prose and mild disorientation suggest this comparison.

Great stuff; deeply funny stuff. Wunst I said aint in fronta her and she got me down and warshed my mouth out with lye soap.

The lonesome stranger reaches the guost – or rather, it reaches him – and he becomes part of its gunfights, saloon brawls, bawdy houses, train robberies, and, of course, the c A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western town shimmering on the horizon. Ol Cormac seems happy enough in that crowd enyhow.

In he was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story.

Ghost Town by Robert Coover

No, yu’re right thar, her disposition aint always the easiets t’git on with. As such, this is not one Western novel but a mechanism for the construction of such, an existential map of forms, containing everything but off Roll the knucklebones, spin the roulette wheel, and observe as the Archetypes reshuffle: This attempt at a Beckian version of Cormak McCarthy succeeds on no level.

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Maybe it’s just that Coover has way more than twenty-six friends. Nov 23, Jason rated it it was amazing. A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western gbost shimmering on the horizon.

Aint nuthin but a ghost town. They are all the kid needs. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The rider is badged, beaten, shot at, imprisoned, chased by a posse, falls in love, jilts, gets jilted. The western novel as epitomized by Zane Grey is deliciously lampooned in such a nightmarish style that I don’t think I’ll ever watch another western movie without thinking of this book. He also published his first novel, The Rown of the Brunistswhich won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel.

But to keep goin on, in the face a such shit, a such futility and stupidity and veritable craziness cooover that, son, that is fuckin suh-blime. He coocer a master in post-modern literature, and if you don’t often delve into this world, it can be extremely difficult to understand.

Coover has managed to capture the general feel and setting of all westerns, populate the barren desert landscape with the archetypical actors of the western genre, and dropped in the midst of it a man scrubbed clean of both his past and with it any sort of motivating force; he is an actor, but mostly he is acted upon: The rider is badged, beaten, shot at, imprisoned, chased by a posse, falls in love, jilts, gets jilted. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Henry Waugh is a surrogate for God, and the participants in his imaginary baseball league seem almost to come to life, raising as they do age-old questions about fate and free will, success and failure, games and religions.


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This book is filled with playful grotesquerie that hits a good balance in terms of orbert amount of content. Welcome to Louis L’Amour’s garden of earthly delights. These narrative paragraphs stand in sharp contrast to the really neat dialogue found in the first quarter of the book. Start ghoet Ghost Town on your Kindle in under a minute. Now what you gone and done thet fer? View all 11 comments. Pretty sure coover is better than this Ghost Town Author s: Just for your nihilistic entertainment purposes, one of those great nihilistic post-modern p I’m on record somewhere as having said that novels are inherently and constitutionally flawed.

My first contact with Coover’s work came when a college girlfriend an English major gave me a few stories from “Pricksongs ghozt Descants.

Coover is indeed one of the foremost short story writers of the postmodern period, as exemplified by the “Seven Exemplary Fictions” contained in his book Pricksongs and Descants.

Ghost Town

Sixty Stories Penguin Classics. Those who come to Coover from his earlier works are well-prepared for this remarkable synthesis of excellent language, excellent description, excellent mood. A Novel Robert Coover No preview available – Aint Nuthin But a Ghost Town “Bleak horizon under a glazed sky, flat desert, clumps of sage, scrub, distant butte, lone rider.

Showing of 12 reviews. The ghosts interact with him in various permutations.