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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (Picador Books) Paperback – 25 Aug 1989


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (25 Aug. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330310429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330310420
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
Format: Paperback
This book deserves more than five stars. Michael Ondaatje's writing always hovers about between poetry and prose. This is perhaps my favourite book in the world, because even that balance is somehow transcended. Here is a new form; here is English made new. It's exquisite, delicate, violent, human, perfect. The people are rich as clotted cream and brittle as knives. You'll get splinters off the wood of their houses and dust in your eyes. This book is impossibly good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
This early (1970) "novel" by Michael Ondaatje is a collage of poetry, narrative, memoir, photography, journalism, and fiction surrounding Billy the Kid. Ondaatje poeticizes Billy's thoughts, giving us "insight" into the inner man, while, at the same time, creating a kind of suspense about the inevitable outcome.
By constantly shifting the narrative focus and point of view from Billy to some of his cohorts, the women who loved them, and the "lawmen" who sought them, Ondaatje avoids the need for transitions which would normally challenge the biographer of a legend. And by allowing time to be circuitous, rather than linear, Ondaatje is able to give flesh and bone to the impressions he creates by enlisting the reader's help in "organizing" his material. In short, this is an impressionistic word-painting which gives freshness and vibrancy to an old saga of the Wild West. Mary Whipple
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By Hackingknife on 7 Oct. 2012
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I don't know what the cover photo is meant to depict but the content is excellent. I only recently heard about this book and was intrigued enough to seek it out, really glad I did,it's one that I shall come back to repeatedly. The author has really got inside the character of Billy and the writing really does make you feel some empathy for him. I thoroughly recommend this book to those who enjoy poetry that's off the beaten track and indeed anybody who has an interest in the "wild west".
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By Maria Jastrzebska on 25 Dec. 2014
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2001
Format: Paperback
To be honest, i was disappointed. Often it was nonsensical, and wasn't true to the REAL Billy. There was more fiction than fact which was disappointing too. i much preferred the j.Weddle book. There were definitely some interesting parts though, and i will read it again.
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