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Liar's Moon: A Long Story

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A boldly imagined novel of the West in the years following the Civil War.

It's 1852 and a young girl in Texas is kidnapped by Indians. It's 1859 and two toddlers fall off a buckboard heading west: rumor has it they survived and are being raised by coyotes. It's 1874 and a young brave has a vision he is invincible: he will lead his people to disaster. It's 1879 and a black M
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 199)
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Jul 28, 2009 Bravenewworker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read Liar’s Moon, by Philip Kimball, I was fully expecting just another cheesy portrayal of the West. But what I found was a lushly beautiful portrait of an unforgiving, developing world. This book, published in 1999, maintains the gritty and unabashed realism McCarthy made us love, but somehow manages to give us a little bit of that barely-believable mythology that surrounded many of the old western figures.
The story follows the narratives of several different characters as they all co
Steven Swanger
Jun 29, 2015 Steven Swanger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A softer-edged Cormack McCarthy, Phillip Kimball's elegy to the harshness and the rich potential of the Old West comes close to brilliance, piercing the romance without destroying it. PS - I haven't quite finished the book when I wrote that and I originally gave it
four stars. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that I loved the last several chapters. They pulled the book together and left me full of deep emotion.
Anne Broyles
I am through and through a Westerner, child of the Sonora Desert and proud of a cowboy legacy from one grandfather. LONESOME DOVE is one of my favorite books. So I appreciated much about Kimball's sprawling saga of the unruly West, cowboys, children raised by coyotes, Indian Wars, homesteaders, cattlemen versus farmers etc.

I found the book's style hard to read and would have liked more white space on the pages. As I read his frequently-changing viewpoints (chapter by chapter) I often had to stop
Bill Deleplank
Overall not my cup of tea. Very good imaging through words just too unorganized for me
The constant use of fragmented sentences (which I presume was done to create an authentic sound) was distracting to me and prevented me from enjoying nearly all of the intertwining stories.
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