Lucky Billy

Lucky Billy A myth busting novel about America s most infamous and beloved outlaw Billy the Kid from a critically acclaimed historical novelistAccording to legend Billy the Kid killed twenty one men one for e

  • Title: Lucky Billy
  • Author: John Vernon
  • ISBN: 9780547074238
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A myth busting novel about America s most infamous and beloved outlaw, Billy the Kid, from a critically acclaimed historical novelistAccording to legend, Billy the Kid killed twenty one men, one for every year of his short life stole from wealthy cattle barons to give to the poor and wooed just about every senorita in the American Southwest.In Lucky Billy, John Vernon diA myth busting novel about America s most infamous and beloved outlaw, Billy the Kid, from a critically acclaimed historical novelistAccording to legend, Billy the Kid killed twenty one men, one for every year of his short life stole from wealthy cattle barons to give to the poor and wooed just about every senorita in the American Southwest.In Lucky Billy, John Vernon digs deeply into the historical record to find a truth remarkable than the legend, and draws a fresh, nuanced portrait of this outlaw s dramatic and violent life.Billy the Kid met his celebrated end at the hands of Pat Garrett, his one time carousing partner turned sheriff, who tracked Billy down after the jail break that made him famous In Vernon s telling, the crucial event of Billy s life was the Lincoln County War, a conflict between a ring of Irishmen in control of Lincoln, New Mexico, and a newcomer from England, John Tunstall, who wanted to break their grip on the town Billy signed on with Tunstall The conflict spun out of control with Tunstall s murder, and in a series of revenge killings, an obscure hired gunman called Kid Antrim became Billy the Kid.Besides a full complement of gunfights, jail breaks, and bawdy behavior, Lucky Billy is a provocative picture of the West at a critical juncture between old and new It is also a portrait of an American icon made human, caught in the middle, lost than brave, nadve than principled, of an accidental survivor than simply the cold blooded killer of American myth.

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    2 thoughts on “Lucky Billy

    1. John Vernon Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Lucky Billy book, this is one of the most wanted John Vernon author readers around the world.

    2. Excellent! Once again, I scratch my head at reviewers who obviously don't "get" non-linear novels, or alternating past/present narratives. Maybe they should just read something simplerAnd, the best characterization I've seen yet of Billy. But a little more "literary" than what I'm after, I want more of a credible, believable-Billy that also has a nice, hard, pulpy edge

    3. A convoluted mess, It is frustrating to anticipate the arrival of a book that you just KNOW is going to be great only to find that it is, well, not.This book is presented as "a myth-busting novel about America's most infamous and beloved outlaw, Billy the Kid, from a critically acclaimed historical novelist". Well, I didn't see any myth-busting, rather a story, written as if it was witnessed by the writers with quotes and opinions thrown about thoughtlessly, carelessly. If Mr. Vernon is an "accl [...]

    4. Vernon bookends this fictional account with the bare and well-worn facts of Billy the Kid's infamous escape from the Lincoln County jail, and his shooting death by Pat Garrett a few weeks later. In the Kid's short and violent life, these are the best-documented events, so Vernon wisely doesn't try to change or enhance the facts.The story really takes flight in between as Vernon recounts the Kid's involvement in the Lincoln County war between competing groups of cattlemen, businessmen, lawmen, ju [...]

    5. This is another book I got from the Vine program. It sounded interesting; though not of the type of book I usually read. I was sorely disappointed in it.It is very rare that I stop in the middle of a book. Unfortunately I had to stop reading this one. I knew I was in for trouble when I had problems getting through the first intro page. Then as I read about Billy's escape in the following chapter I decided that maybe the book would get better as we started to hear about Billy's history. Well it [...]

    6. John Vernon, the author, has obviously done extensive research on the Wild West, the Lincoln County Wars, and the Kid himself; but I suppose it was the presentation of the material and the "telling" of the Billy the Kid story that failed to pull me into the story and keep me interested. I will admit that my knowledge of Billy the Kid was extremely limited and I chose this book via the Vine Program in an effort to gain a better understanding of the man and the circumstances surrounding his life [...]

    7. The beginning was really interesting, when it dissected the old photograph of Billy the Kid. That was the reason why I picked up the book, because it was so clever.I couldn't make it past the first chapter once the story started.If you are familiar at all with the Billy the Kid legend (seen all the movies, read a lot of books), then this starts out like a watered down version. I had a hard time tracking who was doing what and what was happening. I knew some already by some of the films.But then [...]

    8. This is a slim volume that manages to be epic and sprawling. It is so well-thought-out and well-written that its strengths far outweigh any weaknesses. The author attempts to fill in the unknown portions of the life of Billy the Kid. He slices up the narrative and pays little attention to sequencing or timing. He captures the chaos of the old West; he dives into the identity problems, the infidelity, the theology (or lack thereof) and the dirt and heat and reckless hedonistic life. He romanticiz [...]

    9. I am excited! I've been been fascinated with Billy the Kid ever since I saw The Left Handed Gun with my dad and brother. This is a very literary representation of a story that has been made and remade 100 times over. Vernon tears down the mystique and builds Billy back up in human form. He goes to the crux of Billy's conflict and if you are a serious reader you will gain so many insights into the character through the extraordinary prose. Again this is a serious book for a reader who is as inter [...]

    10. I am now officially off of my short lived western kickI imagine for a while. I have long enjoyed stories off gangsters or the bad guy hero types.Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Frank & Jesse James etc. and Billy the Kid has been another. This was IMHO (no disrespect to he author or fans) the least interesting NOVEL I have read on the kid. The book skipped back and forth many more times than I would like. The dialouge was not conducive to the story. There was certainly interesting tidbits that [...]

    11. The reviews were great, I like westerns, but by page 25 I'd had enough of this. Who cares what he was really like? The first three pages describe the cover photograph and that was interesting. I was all down-hill from there. Oh well.

    12. Would like to give it a 3 minuse characters were hard to keep up with and the time changes. Still entertaining and interesting.

    13. It was not what I was expecting, I wanted a better story for Billy the Kid. I could not get fired up to read very quickly, story line seemed to drag.

    14. This novel was a bit confusing as it seemed to go back and forth through time - all leading up to the final death of Billy the Kid. It is supposedly closer to what really happened.

    15. This is a really great way to learn about history!! Quite an enjoyable read & you'll learn something (alot, actually!) too!

    16. This HAS to be the absolute worst book I've read possibly ever, but DEFINITELY this year! The end.

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