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L'amour No More: (Semi) Literary Westerns

David N
 
Warlock (New York Review Books Classics)
Warlock (New York Review Books Classics)
"An epic, psychologically acute analogue of the OK Corral saga with more than a passing resemblance to HBO's "Deadwood"."
Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
"Bounty hunters carve a bloody swathe along the Mexican border in possibly McCarthy's greatest novel. Immensely violent, beautiful, incredibly ambitious."
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
"Beautifully written account of the last days of Jesse James and his relationship with his killer."
Desperadoes
Desperadoes
"Hansen's first Western is almost as good, following the Dalton gang to their spectacular downfall."
Bucking the Tiger
Bucking the Tiger
"Superbly experimental and poetic portrayal of Doc Holliday."
Mamaw: A Novel of an Outlaw Mother
Mamaw: A Novel of an Outlaw Mother
"The life of Jesse James' mother, imaginitively told."
Black Robe (Paladin Books)
Black Robe (Paladin Books)
"A catholic priest tries to convert Algonquin Indians on a journey into the early colonial interior. Fenimore Cooper turf. But he never wrote like this."
True Grit
True Grit
"So much better than the film, and told in a beautifully convincing and distinctive voice."
Deadwood
Deadwood
"Wild Bill Hickok arrives in a small mining town in the Black Hills and Dexter paints a panorama of the world around him. Stunning."
Little Big Man
Little Big Man
"Funny, epic, involving, moving throughout. Again - much better than the film.."
Silver Light
Silver Light
"A meditation upon both the West and the Western from one of the best living film critics."
Welcome to Hard Times
Welcome to Hard Times
"The classic bad-man-comes-to-town scenario turned on its head."
Hombre
Hombre
"Leonard's best Western is this spare, rivetting tale. All his Westerns are great though."
Last Reveille
Last Reveille
"Morrell's first few books are fantastic and this might just be his best - a brilliant cavalry Western, recalling Elmore Leonard but more experimental and risky."
The Englishman's Boy
The Englishman's Boy
"Another novel dealing with both the West and the Western, and doing a nice, low-key job."
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (Picador Books)
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (Picador Books)
"Elliptical, discursive, beautiful - Ondaatje's version of Billy the Kid's life is utterly original and poetic."
Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
"Just about definitive, though it has been cheapened somewhat by the many sequels and prequels. But this, the original, remains a great epic achievement, most memorable for its fine characterisation."
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels (HBJ Modern Classic)
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels (HBJ Modern Classic)
"3 Texas-set Novellas, the best and most Western of which, "Noon Wine", recalls greek tragedy in its steady progress to a grim denoument."
Thirteen Moons
Thirteen Moons
"Not as good as "Cold Mountain", but more of a Western, with its tale of survival in the wilderness full of great passages and some terribly flowery stuff too.."
Journal of the Gun Years
Journal of the Gun Years
"Matheson is better known for Horror and sci-fi, but hes written a few good Westerns. This is the story of a Gunfighter's coming of age."