The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A pleasant enough story but with very little plot. A short period in the lives of Wyatt Earp, his brothers, Doc Holliday, and Charles Goodnight is covered. They meander through the west. It culminates with the battle at the OK Corral but it’s not like the rest of the book builds to it.
The book is replete with McMurtry’s archetype strong women who can’t quite communicate with men, and vice versa. There is some clever dialog; McMurtry’s dialog is what brings be back again and again to his stories though I’ve grown ever more disappointed in his novels after Lonesome Dove.
It’s obvious that McMurtry knows the west and he can make it come alive but in the end it doesn’t seem to be for any purpose. Maybe there is something I’m not seeing in it.
I fell in love with the early McMurtry novels; if you are looking for something to read by him, skip this and go for Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, or The Last Picture Show View all my reviews