Larry McMurtry’s new novel The Last Kind Words Saloon takes the reader on an imagery ride into the sunset of the Old Wild West that he pictured so vividly in his previous classic Lonesome Dove. Don’t look for a traditional story line in this latest McMurtry offering. Rather, this is what I call a chapter book ,which moves very quickly through images of the fading lives and lifestyles of some of the Old West’s iconic figures.
Through short , crisp chapters, the reader glimpses days and nights with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Jessie Earp the keeper of The Last Kind Words Saloon. You will be re-acquainted with Charlie Goodnight, the one-time Texas Ranger turned cattleman that was prominent in McMurtry’s fabulous novel Comanche Moon. The trail passes through McMurtry’s home Texas turf from Long Grass to Mobetie, then on to Tombstone, Arizona and of course the O.K. Corral. Men in search of a last frontier.
The Last Kind Words Saloon is a last watering hole, a lost way of life, a friend fading with age as the Old West disappears before the eyes of the very men who established the treasured folklore. With hope , they journey with a faded marquee, The Last Kind Words Saloon, seeking to find a new place, which time has now forever lost.
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