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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Suburbia, whetever that is. This book may not appeal to all readers, but for me, it was perfectly entertaining.

Ghost Town by Robert Coover

This anti-hero is quite the unreliable narrator in quite the unreliable setting. Write a customer review. If you liked Blood Meridian, you’ll loooove Ghost Town. Critics not to mention grad students will be playing with this one for years; casual readers will carry it around with them and read their favorite bits over and over again for even longer.

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No flow, doesn’t “skewer” anything. And, yeah, some might say Cormac McCarthy but he’ s more of a modernist-primitive or something.

Though what t’hells a doctor know about pipes? Coover’s writing in that novel is not overtly gimmicky as in “Pricksongs Between andCoover studied at the University of Chicago, eventually receiving his master’s degree in But ya can’t even get no succor foover, cuz that’s when the cayotes start circlin’ – seems like everything circlin’ out here 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.


The Plague of Doves: The Origin of the Brunistshis first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism and mythical parallels.

My first contact with Coover’s work came when a college girlfriend an English major gave me a few stories from “Pricksongs and Descants. Jul 22, Alison McLennan rated it really liked it. Dec 27, manfred rated it liked it. But this rider is thrown into a whirlwind of western plot fixtures, exaggerated into crazed facsimiles. In the 32 year difference between these two, I found that Coover’s style hasn’t really changed, but has metamorphosed into something a bit different for me, at least like the main character does from crotchety-no name murderous villain to perhaps an anti-hero of sorts among an insane array of characters.

Now dammit, mam, yu jest git covered up thar! In Coover enrolled in Southern Illinois University, and, after transferring to Indiana University inearned his bachelor’s degree in with a major in Slavonic languages. No eBook available Amazon. Who likes western comics.


Explore the Home Gift Guide. If thet warnt the dangedest thing I ever seen, he says. Those new to Coover will delight in their discovery. The novel is not easy to read because it challenges your preconceived notions of reality with mind altering prose.

coovef I would recommend this book to just everybody. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He also published his first novel, The Origin of the Brunistswhich won the William Faulkner Award for best first novel. I just didn’t get this one.

And ifn it aint the word, mister, you better go fer cover, cuz for yu know it she’ll unleash her upbringin on yu. English Choose a language for shopping.


To keep goin on, knowin that, sufferin that, is plain stupid. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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Roll the knucklebones, spin the roulette wheel, and observe as the Archetypes reshuffle: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In short, this is another over-praised novel by an author of noteworthy intentions but little ghosh skill needed to pull it off. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Recommended to Nate D by: Am I his friend? Just for your nihilistic entertainment purposes, one of those great nihilistic post-modern passages:: The genius, on the other hand, like a lyrical W.

This fatal neglect turns “Ghost Town” into a comic book with big vocabulary, and ensures that its literary longevity is destined to ride off into a rather well-illustrated sunset. If there was a deeper meaning, I yown it. It’s plenty good, and full of murderin and knife-winkin and to-ing and fro-ing. Dec 11, Paddythemic rated it did not like it. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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.