The Last Kind Words Saloon, a quick read exploring the friendship of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday pre gunfight at OK Corral. Other familiar names are weaved into the story as well, Buffalo Bill Cody, Quanah Parker, Nellie Courtwright and Charlie Goodnight revisit from previous works. We learn of the harshness of the west, cattle stampedes, sand storms, Indian clashes. I wish the narrative was longer, it was too short for any development to take place, leaving a rather ‘plain’ feel as you reach the end. I appreciated the writing McMurtry delivers, his easiness, however, it ended far too soon leaving me craving more details and growth in toto.
McMurty possess a subtleness in his writing, his narrative equally faint but has a unmistakable hook grabbing your memory, touching your senses. You do feel part of the arid terrain, the cowboy culture, hardscrabble life of the times.
A super fast read leaving you wanting more and questioning why less than more. I’m neutral, at least I didn’t feel like my time was wasted. Don’t pursue with expectations, appreciate the simplicity of this novella.
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published May 7th 2014 by Liveright Publishing Corporation (first published May 5th 2014)