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Warlock by Oakley Hall
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Jul 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, western
Read from May 29 to July 11, 2011

Warlock is a story about the growth of law and order out of relative chaos in a town bearing that name in some southwestern territory on the American frontier in the 1890's. Perhaps it's Tombstone, Arizona, as Thomas Pynchon opines in his blurb on the rear cover, referring to Oakley Hall's use of the fight at the OK Corral for inspiration, renaming his event, "Fight at the Acme Corral".

I loved "Warlock". It's one of those stories that weaves philosophical ponderings on moral ambiguity (my favorites) into a novel written with simple everyday diction and believable dialogue which is spoken by a realistically multitudinous cast of characters. The ethical quandaries don't open doors to obvious knock-down "correct" answers. They ask the questions to whose answers the human jury is still out on.
More importantly, Hall writes one of the best and most beautiful descriptions of a dying man's last moments as I have ever seen. And much, much more. You would probably like it.

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