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The Last Kind Words Saloon

Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas—not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico—we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge—more often with a mean look than a pistol—Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends. Along with Wyatt's wife, Jessie, who runs the titular saloon, we meet Lord Ernle, an English baron; the exotic courtesan San Saba, "the most beautiful whore on the plains"; Charlie Goodnight, the Texas Ranger turned cattle driver last seen in McMurtry's Comanche Moon, and Nellie Courtright, the witty and irrepressible heroine of Telegraph Days. McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry's stark and peerless prose. With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains being enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears. As harsh and beautiful, and as brutal and captivating as the open range it depicts, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebr

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas—not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico—we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge—more often with a mean look than a pistol—Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends. Along with Wyatt's wife, Jessie, who runs the titular saloon, we meet Lord Ernle, an English baron; the exotic courtesan San Saba, "the most beautiful whore on the plains"; Charlie Goodnight, the Texas Ranger turned cattle driver last seen in McMurtry's Comanche Moon, and Nellie Courtright, the witty and irrepressible heroine of Telegraph Days. McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry's stark and peerless prose. With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains being enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears. As harsh and beautiful, and as brutal and captivating as the open range it depicts, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebr
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Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas—not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico—we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge—more often with a mean look than a pistol—Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends. Along with Wyatt's wife, Jessie, who runs the titular saloon, we meet Lord Ernle, an English baron; the exotic courtesan San Saba, "the most beautiful whore on the plains"; Charlie Goodnight, the Texas Ranger turned cattle driver last seen in McMurtry's Comanche Moon, and Nellie Courtright, the witty and irrepressible heroine of Telegraph Days. McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry's stark and peerless prose. With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains being enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears. As harsh and beautiful, and as brutal and captivating as the open range it depicts, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebr

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Stechschulte, Carine Montbertrand

Length:

3h 50m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:54


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

06:00


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

02:59


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

04:45


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

04:07


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

06:19


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

03:19


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

02:43


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:26


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

05:00


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

05:48


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

05:12


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

02:05


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

01:37


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

04:00


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

04:31


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

02:45


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

02:10


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

03:04


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

02:52


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

04:11


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

04:37


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

03:32


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

05:32


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

03:14


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

03:16


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

04:52


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

03:05


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

01:48


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

04:46


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

05:51


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

02:38


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

02:19


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

04:30


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

04:06


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

05:25


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

02:20


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

04:19


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

02:16


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

04:15


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

04:51


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

03:15


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

03:13


Part 3, Chapter 43
Part 3, Chapter 43

05:16


Part 3, Chapter 44
Part 3, Chapter 44

05:49


Part 3, Chapter 45
Part 3, Chapter 45

05:40


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

01:22


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

03:31


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

02:05


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

04:38


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

04:05


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

02:38


Part 4, Chapter 52
Part 4, Chapter 52

01:53


Part 4, Chapter 53
Part 4, Chapter 53

02:43


Part 4, Chapter 54
Part 4, Chapter 54

03:41


Part 4, Chapter 55
Part 4, Chapter 55

06:00


Part 4, Chapter 56
Part 4, Chapter 56

01:53


Part 4, Chapter 57
Part 4, Chapter 57

03:43


Part 4, Chapter 58
Part 4, Chapter 58

03:24


Part 5, Chapter 59
Part 5, Chapter 59

06:15


Part 5, Chapter 60
Part 5, Chapter 60

02:21