Larry McMurtry shot out a fast moving, interesting book about the Old West with his Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, Lonesome Dove.
This time, he missed.
very good, especially if you like westerns and are into Buffalo Bill, or even the series on HBO "Deadwood". A strange old woman caked in Montana m ud pens a letter to her darling daughter back east. The writer's name is Martha Jane, but her friends call her Calamity. Buffalo Bill convinces Martha Jane and a handful of West's aging legends to travel to London with his Wild West Show.
This is a great account of the early years of the wild west featuring Calamity Jane and many other colorful characters. Larry McMurtry makes it all come alive.
Back cover: A strange old woman caked in Montana mud pens a letter to her darling daughter back East. The writer's name is Martha Jane, but her friends call her Calamity....
Larry McMurtry returns to the territory of his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, Lonesome Dove, to sing the song of Calamity Jane's last ride, as Buffalo Bill Cody convinces Martha Jane and a handful of the West's aging legends to travel to London with his Wild West Show. From the insatiable curiosity of Calamity's wise Indian friend No Ears to Annie Oakley's shooting match with Lord Windhouveren before the Prince of Wales, from the haunting death songs of Sioux warriors at Little Bighorn to the London Zoo, Buffalo Girls is a tale of oceans and prairies, love, war, fellowship, dreams, and heartbreak - as a hardy band of survivors looks back at the myths they created and forward to a future they cannot escape.
Slow and meandering tale of the last days of the mythic symbols of the American West. Calamity Jane, Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, and others, fictional and real, wander through a landscape full of ghosts. Not one of McMurtry's better efforts, though he does manage to pull out a moving final chapter.
I loved this story. I know it's not a true story because I've read about the life of Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane), but I wouldn't be surprised if bits of the story are true. The movie was almost as good as the book. If you like stories about the tough old west, you'll like this one.