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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid | [Michael Ondaatje]

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

William Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid", killed his first man when he was 12. By the time he was 21 he had, by his own reckoning, slain 19 more. In the intervening years, he had become "Billy the Kid", bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint.

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje traces Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country.

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Publisher's Summary

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient comes a visionary novel, a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth.

William Bonney, a.k.a. "Billy the Kid", killed his first man when he was 12. By the time he was 21 he had, by his own reckoning, slain 19 more. In the intervening years, he had become "Billy the Kid", bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint.

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje traces Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country.

©1970 Michael Ondaatje; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"The Collected Works of Billy the Kid strains one's powers of description....Ondaatje's eye for detail is wonderful and he uses it poetically, with superb restraint." (Larry McMurtry)
"Wonderful....Ondaatje's language is clean and energetic, with the pop of bullets. This is literature, art." (Annie Dillard)

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