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The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by [Larry McMurtry]
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Many famous western characters make cameos in McMurtry’s first novel in five years, which continues in the farcical vein of the Berrybender series. An English lord, accompanied by his beautiful mistress, teams up with Charles Goodnight to found a vast cattle ranch near Palo Duro Canyon, Texas—and fails. Observing Goodnight from the sidelines are two wisecracking ne’er-do-wells, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, who, after a brief stint with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, drift down to Tombstone, where Wyatt’s brothers, Virgil and Warren, have taken up the law and saloon-keeping, respectively. Other than Goodnight, Wyatt is the only developed character: he’s a wife beater and alcoholic with a quick temper. He picks a fight with the Clantons, an ignorant but mostly harmless bunch, and kills them in a paragraph. The famous O.K. Corral fight is rendered as a heartless parody. Maybe McMurtry’s version is truer than all the romanticized ones, but Gus McCrae from Lonesome Dove will roll in his grave. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This might not be exactly what Lonesome Dove fans would like, but the first novel from McMurtry in five years will have his audience eager for anything. --John Mort --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


“Such a comfortable Western that Sam Elliott might as well be narrating it directly into your ear. McMurtry intersperses comedy and romance…And once again, he's written some smart, tough women and a bunch of men who have no idea what to make of them.”
- Laura Collins-Hughes, Boston Globe

“A beautiful, dreamy, deeply melancholy book, connecting legend and disparate threads of history in a seamless pastiche of tall tales drawn against the context of their real circumstances.”
- Nathan Pensky, The Onion

“[The Last Kind Words Saloon] is never dull, and it’s also very funny. As always, McMurtry's characters are plain-spoken but subtle and full of dry humor…Moseying along with McMurtry is always worthwhile.”
- Adam Woog, Seattle Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 1523 KB
  • Publication date : June 30, 2014
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 225 pages
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : Liveright; Reprint edition (June 30, 2014)
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 144727458X
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.2 out of 5 stars 711 ratings

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1.0 out of 5 stars A steep descent from 'Lonesome Dove'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2017
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2.0 out of 5 stars So this is the synopsis; when is the novel due?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll give it a kind word.
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