The Laughing West: Humorous Western Fiction, Past and Present (Paperback)Charles Leland Sonnichsen (author)
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The Laughing West consists of twenty-one pieces of humorous western writing, along with a general introduction, section introductions and an afterword. Throughout the book, the humor is based on character, and on how our perception of the familiar character types has evolved over the years. The reader is treated to a gallery of western originals: from the practical joker Slewfoot Samuels in Bill Gulick's \u201cThe Marriage of Moon Wind,\u201d to Eddie Bud Boyd, the fast-talking cattle broker in Glendon Swarthout's The Cadillac Cowboys; from the Texas A&M-educated Sheriff \u201cFreight Train\u201d Flowers in Peeper by William Brinkley, to the brilliantly devious Governor Cullie Blanton in The One-Eyed Man by Larry L. King.
In addition to the traditional cowboys, Indians, and Mexicans, The Laughing West shows some contemporary western faces: the new breed of lawman, the rootless pilgrim, and the new urban westerner, typified by \u201cSlick,\u201d in Dan Jenkins' Baja Oklahoma complaining about the \u201cChateau-le-44.50\u201d in the poshest restaurant in a Dallas shopping mall.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 21 mm