The Last Kind Words Saloon

A Novel

McMurtry, Larry

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Last Kind Words Saloon
Traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 0871407868
Characteristics: 196 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Jul 19, 2014
  • looper46 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Lonesome Dove" it ain't. Sparse, a quick read, and a quick write. I think Larry knocked it out between several bourbons and branch water at his favorite watering hole. Reader Sanrin is correct; the female characters are more vital than the males.

Jun 13, 2014
  • Sanrin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Presented as a "ballad," the novel is spare -- in dialogue, in descriptions -- and broken into a number of brief chapters that follow historic characters such as the Earp brothers, Doc Holiday, and Buffalo Bill as the WIld West draws to a close. Unfortunately, the characters are drawn so tersely that it's hard to care about them. The female characters seem to have more variety, and they convey the hardships of living out on the plains.

Jun 03, 2014
  • KCLSLibrarians rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Short, sharp, dry, dusty. I really enjoyed the dry humor and sparse dialogue. I've read a number of other McMurtry novels and like this one the best. If you do end up liking this book, try Pete Dexter's Deadwood.

May 09, 2014
  • DENNIS E HENLEY rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This short novel of 60 short chapters has some moments that capture the McMurtry magic of Lonesome Dove and Buffalo Girls, but those moments are few.

It has to be extremely frustrating for an author to have any new work judged in the light of his earlier work, but when you create such an iconic masterpiece like Lonesome Dove it should be expected.

This tale of the Earp brothers and Charlie Goodnight had the possibility of greatness, but McMurtry did not spend enough time on the characters to allow the reader to care about them. Even Goodnight, a favorite of McMurtry, is only an faint blur against an impressionistic background.


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