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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Ribert were mountains before, a rugged and dangerous terrain, with crags and chasms, raging rivers in deep gorges, and dense forests, unsociably inhabited. My first contact with Coover’s work came when a college girlfriend an English major gave me a coovrr stories from “Pricksongs and Descants.

This was my first reading of anything by Coover, and I was floored. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Ghost Town is like a mad scientist literary experiment done to perfection: Jul 22, Alison McLennan rated it really liked it. To keep goin on, knowin that, sufferin that, is plain stupid. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

A nameless drifter rides into a ghost town from a desolate wilderness. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Coover ensures that the kid fails to end up with his one true love, the schoolmarm, because she corrects his grammar and forces him to conform with linguistic and social conventions.


But more I thaink onit, probly not, cause that schoolmarm had a mean streak. Or dumsquizzled lardasses, like thet Ian feller. Zarzarrosa y Ciudad fantasma de Robert Coover. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. This book was just bad. Write a customer review.

As far as that goes. But this rider is thrown into a whirlwind of western plot fixtures, exaggerated into crazed facsimiles. Sixty Stories Donald Barthelme. It’s the man-with-no-name in a brutal dream, and like a dream, it makes sense at the time, but brazenly defies logic and tiwn in reflection.

Ghost Town by Robert Coover

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He strays away from that sometimes convoluted sense of scenery and creates a scenario unlike anything you’ve quite read before. And gohst is migrating through it. Its sposed to be the quinteesenshal novel about back then in America and how it got us to whar we ares now. Coover here just trivializes the Western genre and denigrates it.

Ghost Town

Coover has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Brandeis University, throughout his career. The boys wuz talkin on her one day: Probly got a Doctor Grabow in his pocket. In his latest novel, Robert Coover has taken the familiar form of the Western and turned it inside out. Livin a life out here is shithe sez.


Sep 21, Nathan “N. He definitely feels like my people. In so doing, it never really explores its territory or pushes it into new areas. Of course — it’s Coover. Yu aint jest talkin jackshit, podnuh. People who have studied this period in a serious way may feel like we have never come to terms with the real “wild” west.

Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to just anybody. But this book had enough hootin’ and hollerin’ and fuckin’ and killin’ ta keep me readin’ a spell Kind of like the Western itself.

Call me a hopeless primitive, but I still think having a story to tell is important when one sets out to write a piece of fiction. My experience with Coover’s “Universal Baseball Association