The Collected Works of Billy the Kid has ratings and reviews. Michael said: This is a portrait of Billy the Kid as reflected in a thousand piec. Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje’s visionary. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID. Anne Blott. Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a montage of techniques designed to.

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Garrett writes abut Billy: Do you wonder what will happen after death now that you don’t believe in Kjd View all 14 comments. The following scene from the sequence has a circular completeness on the page.

From the first page of text, an empty frame, to the last, Ondaatje’s framed and reduced photo of a child within a larger frame, hard black lines delineate the wotks of the poems. Kiv second long prose passage then terminates the group with the introduction of “Mistuh Patrick Garrett,” who is destined to assassinate Billy. On its release, the volume received largely positive reviews.

Snow on Charlie’s left boot. Sep 20, Dorothy Hermary rated it really liked it Shelves: He is like Garrett, as both record the same scene at the Chisum ranch like technicians watching each other. The phrase “would say,” the stilted language, and the mechanical repetition of ticket-taking all point up the reduction of the once notorious outlaw. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. So many reviewers here talk about re-reading, and I think I may have to do so myself.


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The prose, on the other hand was wonderful, and I wish there had been more of both because by the time I got used to the two together, the book was over.

Machines – biloy, camera, and pencil – are shown to fragment and isolate single impressions out of the movement of life.

Complementary to these patterns of the human transformed to machine, specialized and fragmented, is the animation of mechanical objects. That is just some of the magic that Ondaatje achieves. Billy’s gun hand wheels with the rats’ mindless retracing of their path, while the smoke and the bullet acquire intelligible, human purpose. It’s sad and brutal and hilarious all and there are many more scenes just as sharply layered and angled against expectations.

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Dec 28, mark monday rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most original books of Poetry I have ever read. Not only are od settings blocked in by black and white, but Billy’s black clothing and awareness of the light falling on his waiting eye expand the visual metaphor.

It chronicles and interprets important events in the life of William Bonneyaka Billy the Kid, and his conflict with Sheriff Pat Garrett. Bonney, do you believe in God? The book was written by Ondaatje in the late s in Canada, after he emigrated from Ceylon to England and further relocated to Quebec in order to attend college.


The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Through a variety of voices in poetry and prose, the book assembles a series of perspectives on the life of Billy the Kid and explores the poet’s craft that shaped them. His mind learned to be superior because of the excessive mistakes of those around him. Sometimes a normal forehead in front of me leaked brain gasses” p. I have a theory about my difficulties with poetry.

Feb 04, Tinea rated it really liked it Recommended to Tinea by: Overall, again, a great book, and I will be reading it again. Part imagination part reportage – which is onndaatje type of imagination alltogether – this book strikes at the truth that lives between the fancy and the fact.

Ondaatje abhors the cliches of Western imagery, and revels in blood, death, and a feral vision of nature. Ondaatje agreed for the work to be adapted as a chamber opera by the English composer Gavin Bryars, with the libretto made by Jean Lacornerie, who staged the work.