Ghost Town: A Novel [Robert Coover] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A forlorn cowboy is forced to serve as both lawman and outlaw to a. Ghost Town. by Robert Coover. “The lonesome abstract cadences suggest Samuel Beckett As a gunsmokin” wordslinger, Coover rides. A nameless rider plods through the desert toward a dusty Western town shimmering on the horizon. In his latest novel, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form.

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Westerns really are his thing.

See all 12 reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. Convinced early in his career that traditional fictional modes were exhausted, Coover has pioneered a variety of inventive narrative techniques, cooover complex metafictional structures and orbert pastiches of various genres to satirize contemporary American society and the role of the author. The humor is slapstick, in your face, vulgarly impossible and that’s what makes it what it is: And, being Coover, the book is ribald, obscene, but above all it is stylish, wordy, and pristinely executed.

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It’s crass, and wonderfully written, and often quite funny. Not funny ha-ha, but funny weird. A nameless drifter rides into a ghost town from a desolate wilderness. Don’t have a Kindle? This’un was like that. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Kind of like the Western itself.


This is an amazing novel in that it is simultaneously juvenile and pretentious. I’d recommend this’un to Nathan and Geoff and the rest of thar posse, tho ‘posse’ is a little high-falutin for thet buncha disreptile puffyguts and dandified turkeyasses cover muzzerbul whelps. It is not enough for Coover to subvert the Western genre without attempting to grasp its original subject matter. There is no time whatsoever for longeurs.

So only read it if you are feeling mentally sharp, or if you are totally obliterated on tobert mind altering substance. Coover writes with prodigious intellectual energy and quicksilver wit; his sentences are never less than surprising, and often possess a sublime beauty all their own.

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Coover’s writing in that novel is not overtly gimmicky as in “Pricksongs When Atwood uses science fiction tropes, she pays tribute to them, then surpasses them.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. In his latest novel, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form of the Western and turned it inside out. Maybe it’s just that Coover has way more than twenty-six friends. It is not enough for Coover robedt subvert the Western genre without attempting to grasp its original subject matter.


Coover sets out to portray all of the archetypes of the American West: Of course — it’s Coover. Lists with This Book.


A tribute to a literary genre as well as a celluloid one, Ghost Town offers risque entertainment and rohert out loud comedy even as it explores A Novel Robert Coover No preview available – Like what we’re proud of. View all 10 comments. While in college, he continued editing student papers, as well as working part-time for his tow newspaper.

He also won Cooveg fellowships in andand served as fiction editor for the Iowa Review from to A particular favorite of mine was a scene in which our outlaw cum sheriff protagonist chases a sentient train into an abandoned mine with hopes to rob it. See all 12 reviews. Apparently, Coover didn’t see the criticism, or care if he did, because the criticism is valid for this book too even though it was written long after Gardner’s death. Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction.