The Last Kind Words Saloon

The Last Kind Words Saloon

In this "comically subversive work of fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books), Larry McMurtry chronicles the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Tracing their legendary friendship from the settlement of Long Grass, Texas, to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, The Last Kind Words Saloon finds Wyatt and Doc living out the last days of a cowboy lifestyle that is already passing into history. In his stark and peerless prose McMurtry writes of the myths and men that live on even as the storied West that forged them disappears. Hailed by critics and embraced by readers, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebrates the genius of one of our most original American writers.

Title:The Last Kind Words Saloon
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393351194
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    The Last Kind Words Saloon Reviews

  • Brian

    “…at the end of the day, most places present mostly the same problems.”“The Last Kind Words Saloon” is a short novel that is composed of very short chapters, that read as a series of loosely...

  • Allie

    I hate, hate, hate to say this because I love Larry McMurtry and consider Lonesome Dove to be the "Great American Novel," but I was disappointed in The Last Kind Words Saloon. It felt rushed, it was t...

  • Lyn

    A very unusual western.Is it a comedy? A lighthearted, fable-like reconstruction of the West? A revisionist blend of western romanticism and subdued realism?This lacked the epic quality of his Lonesom...

  • Michael

    I imbibed this in short order and found it an entertaining vision of the end of the American West as a wild frontier. McMurtry accurately captures its flavor in his preface as “a ballad in prose who...

  • Mark Mitten

    I found all these bad reviews here on GR, so I bought it and let it sit on a shelf, expecting a poor novel. McMurtry HAS written poorly at turns...some quite awful (think: Rhino Ranch, When The Light ...

  • Amy

    I picked this book up at Powell's this weekend and absolutely fell in love with it. It's a short, spare, weird and funny novel about McMurtry's favorite Old West characters: Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, ...

  • Debbie

    I so enjoyed Lonesome Dove that I thought I'd try this new work by Larry McMurtry. What a mistake! It is almost as if the publisher said "Larry, you need to get us something new." And Larry replied, "...

  • Adrian White

    This was disappointing, very disappointing. It's a slim and slight collection of vignettes that would never have been published unless it was written by Larry McMurtry. The author may be relaxed about...

  • Ursa

    I expected a lot more from a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer like Larry McMurtry. It was like reading a graphic novel without any illustrations. It had lots of dialogue, quick plot development, stereoty...

  • Booknblues

    The Last Kind Words Saloonby Larry McMurtry4 stars196 ppPublication Date: 2014To be honest, I had a difficult time rating The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry, because while I enjoyed reading ...