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Anything for Billy by Larry McMurtry
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Anything for Billy (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Larry McMurtry

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The first time I saw Billy he came walking out of a cloud....Welcome to the wild, hot-blooded adventures of Billy the Kid, the American West's most legendary outlaw. Larry McMurtry takes us on a hell-for-leather journey with Billy and his friends as they ride, drink, love, fight, shoot, and escape their way into the shining memories of Western myth. Surrounded by a splendid cast of characters that only Larry McMurtry could create, Billy charges headlong toward his fate, to become in death the unforgettable desperado he aspires to be in life. Not since Lonesome Dove has there been such a rich, exciting novel about the cowboys, Indians, and gunmen who live at the blazing heart of the American dream.… (more)
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Title:Anything for Billy
Authors:Larry McMurtry
Info:Simon and Schuster (1988), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 311 pages
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I did not finish this book. ( )
  phyllis.shepherd | Nov 1, 2015 |
I've never been much on Westerns, but this was a great read. McMurtry does his best in portraying the characters that pepper the book with a quick dialog and good action. The story surrounds an Easterner who writes dime novels. He abandons his family to follow his heart to the Wild West where he meets up with a very conflicted Billy the Kid. Imaginative plus. ( )
  irishwasherwoman | Mar 20, 2009 |
A fictional biography of the adventures of Billy the Kid. ( )
  santhony | Oct 1, 2008 |
McMurtry runs out of gas when the series is pushed too far: re-read "Lonesome Dove" instead of picking up this one. ( )
  wenestvedt | Sep 30, 2005 |
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The first time I saw Billy he came walking out of a cloud....Welcome to the wild, hot-blooded adventures of Billy the Kid, the American West's most legendary outlaw. Larry McMurtry takes us on a hell-for-leather journey with Billy and his friends as they ride, drink, love, fight, shoot, and escape their way into the shining memories of Western myth. Surrounded by a splendid cast of characters that only Larry McMurtry could create, Billy charges headlong toward his fate, to become in death the unforgettable desperado he aspires to be in life. Not since Lonesome Dove has there been such a rich, exciting novel about the cowboys, Indians, and gunmen who live at the blazing heart of the American dream.

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The first time I met Billy he came walking out of a cloud. He had a pistol in each hand and a scared look on his rough young face. The cloud drifted in from the plains earlier in the morning and stopped over the Hidden Mountains, in the country of the Messy Apaches..."

So begins Larry McMurtry's novel about the life and times of Billy Bone, better known as Billy the Kid, legendary outlaw and gunman, who makes his first appearance here as a seventeen-year-old in a dirty black coat, with a reputation for violence that far exceeds his ferocity and a charm that may be a more potent weapon than his Colt - with which he is, to put it mildly, an indifferent marksman...
Billy the Kid's puzzled, erratic and purposeless journey through the real West into Western myth - Billy kills, when he does, mostly because he or the other fellow is in the wrong place at the wrong time and because Billy can't think of anything else to do.
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