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Deadwood by Pete Dexter
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Jul 27, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: borrowed, cinerelated
Recommended for: those who like their Westerns on the gritty side

I kind of wish I had read this before I immersed myself in David Milch's "Deadwood". Written nearly 20 years before the show aired, this book feels like a de-bunking of the show: Al Swearengen is presented here as a degenerate poltroon, much less interesting than the compelling character realized by Ian McShane, Seth Bullock is presented as a sly self-promoter, anxious to shirk any dangerous civic duties, Solomon (never "Sol") Star is a fastidious neurotic, and even Charlie Utter, this book's protagonist, is referred to as "pretty", which, with all respect to Dayton Callie, the actor who portrayed him, no character would have called him in the series. All in all, this is a very good read, but I was forced over some mental hurdles to get well into it.

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