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Buffalo Girls: A Novel Paperback – November 13, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Yearning for the excitement and good hunting of the pk Wild West, two mountain men and an old Indian scout dejectedly roam the prairie; an aging Calamity Jane composes brooding letters to her daughter; a madam closes her bordello to run a respectable hotel, symbolically ending the era. According to PW , "McMurtry's genius with language always enchants, but this tale's charm is muffled by sadness."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
McMurtry, a prolific mythologizer/demythologizer of the Old West, here takes on Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary, 1852?-1903)--who confesses in a series of letters to being a drunken hell-raiser but never an outlaw--and sundry larger-than-life cohorts. The author's talent for characterizations and storytelling shines as he depicts gritty events and relationships in the life of fur trappers and Indians who, along with Calamity Jane, must resort to performing in Bill Cody's Wild West show in order to survive. They exploit and are exploited by their frontier lifestyle before being defeated by it in the end. A spellbinding saga with a surprise ending. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90.
- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
He, also finds new ways of expressing feelings; ie., writing letters to her daughter (the reader) expressing her thoughts, her deepest feelings, fears, weaknesses and strengths etc.
I've enjoyed reading lots of his westerns, the enjoyment comes from seeing the people and conditions as they were in the historical days.
Read McMurtry for simple, stolid, believable characterizations, extremely smooth and believable dialogue, and an old-fashioned sense of moral values presented in a very non-preachy style.
This novel has the personal touch, it projects such an insightful view
of his characters you begin to feel as though you know them. The
tales and adventures in this book are fascinating Will reread this
book, and enjoy it as though it was the first time. He wrote wonderfully
I look forward to reading more of his books. Can't say enough good
things about Buffalo Girls