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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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 199)
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Bravenewworker
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
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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
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Bill Deleplank
Overall not my cup of tea. Very good imaging through words just too unorganized for me
Mike
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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