The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Book - 2009
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Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje's visionary novel traces the legendary outlaw's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth by a writer who brings us back to our familiar legends with a renewed sense of wonder.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2009
Edition: 2nd Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679767862
Characteristics: 121 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Billy the Kid


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William Bonney killed his first man when he was twelve. By the time he was twenty-one he had, by his own reckoning, slain nineteen more. In the intervening years he had become "Billy the Kid", bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint. Ondaatje traces Billy's passage across the blasted landsca... Read More »

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Jun 17, 2017

Brilliant piece of creative writing. I read it in Tombstone Arizona. Perfect, including the photo of youngster Michael in his cowboy regalia.

tnordby Jul 23, 2010

One of my all time favorite reads!

Sep 09, 2009

Not so much a novel, as a series of short prose poems with shifting points of view.


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