Shelves: u-s-lit , coover , top Round these parts theres a lot of opinyins about that Cormac McCarthy feller and his book about the West and how it kinda explains America. Blood Meridian is the book whar he done it most famously. Very American. Ol Cormac seems happy enough in that crowd enyhow.
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Henry Waugh, Prop. With "Ghost Town," Coover has now metafictionized if I can borrow a trendy term that Coover has helped create the western. All of them dealt with the Old West in a more or less realistic fashion; "Ghost Town" might be billed as the first phantasmagorical western. A "forlorn horseman on the desert plain" approaches a small town that, no matter how hard he rides, recedes into the horizon.
Finally, he thinks to approach the town from behind; not only does he reach it, the town rolls in under his horse, as if in greeting. So does our hero, constantly changing from outlaw to sheriff and back again.
The violence in "Ghost Town" is as horrifically real as in a Cormac McCarthy novel, and the flat, natural descriptions leave nothing to the imagination. But no one is killed in "Ghost Town"-or rather no one stays killed. Our hero finds that the bars in a jail where he is held prisoner are made of wood he could have easily punched out. Our hero is "a drifter.
Mostly dead people. Coover, though, also possesses gifts more associated with traditional fiction.
Ghost town : a novel
ROBERT COOVER'S MYTHICAL, PHANTASMAGORICAL WESTERN, `GHOST TOWN'