Larry McMurtry: Anything for Billy



S that loses its way in the telling Damn Billy is one frustrating son of bitch his own worst nemy and still held in the kindest and highest regards by those close to him After verything The book was wonderfully written like all McMurtrys western yarns but dern It ll ither make you or break you Enjoy it You ll never read it for the first time again Pure fiction and pure fun Ah not so good in my mind Lots of action Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue explained with dialogue I hate that Ixpected a interesting read from the author of Lonesome Dove It s not a typical western and it paints an odd picture of the life of Billy the Kid First book that made me cry I remember the last couple of pages being so sentimental my 15 year old self couldn t keep it in Someday I will reread but I don t really want to spoil my memory of it The cover alone is sick Ill as fuck I am the 15 book reviewer Billy the Kid is brought to life here and all legit fans of Billy the Kid will The Man Without a Face enjoy this account Sure I m in a wild west phase It sasing my slow withdrawal from my own desert life as a wilderness guideAnything For Billy is good literature Read it flying through the air over the sagey deserts Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) east of Phoenix Look down between pages and think about what it was like to bump along over the gullys of New Mexico on a sweaty horse swatting flys No 5 dollar snack boxes just the occasional stringy jackrabbit or feathers in your teeth Prairie Chicken and they werecstatic for it Joy joy Think about what ascetics these range riders were giving up Gone (Gone, everythinglse just to wake up in a wild place under the moon or sun with the imminenc. His friends as they ride drink love fight shoot and scape 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

Anything For Billy is a fictional account of the final months in the life of Billy The Kid ie it is not true historical fiction but then it never claims to be The story is told by a well to do Philadelphian Benjamin Sippy in very short chapters a la James Patterson Sippy after becoming obsessed with Wild West dime novels becomes the very successful author of such books and one day bored with his life and wife heads out West meets up with The Kid and begins traveling with him So begins our story and at least initially has the potential to be a good one Unfortunately the book falls flat with a thud about 100 or so pages inThe set up to this story is an ngaging one Sippy the Greenhorn joining up with one of the West s most infamous outlaws with our narrator learning the ropes of being a true cowboy And through Sippy the reader meets up with a fascinating cast of characters all intertwined through ancestry revenge and romance There are also some laugh out loud moments including Sippy s 10 day stagecoach journey and his comedic attempts at robbing trainsBut then once this stage is set the story line falters at least for this reader badly Sippy s city mouse wide yed perspective of the Wild West becomes repetitive Billy s brash behavior at first unpredictable uickly becomes just the opposite The impending confrontations once they finally do occur are anti climactic It almost seemed as if the author was deliberately taking the wild out of the Wild West The violence and gun play is here but none of the adrenalineAnything For Billy has an interesting premise with interesting character. The first time I saw Billy he came walking out of a cloudWelcome 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.

E of weather and animal McMurty understands the difference between what we like about the legends of these adventurers and what they loved about their own wild livesOh can I have that wonder again This book was realistic nough to give me saddle sores and Untitled. enjoyablenough I didn t notice a wandering boy one step ahead of his doom With Anything for Billy Larry McMurtry has created a depiction of the famous outlaw Billy Bone now known to us as Billy the Kid with a strong mphasis on the kid aspect of his character This Billy is little than a child Literally a very young man really a teenager who is massively insecure not mentally developed and possibly manic depressive I have no idea if any of it is rooted in fact I don t care because it works Our narrator in this novel is Ben Sippy a wealthy Philadelphia socialite and writer of dime novels who heads West to scape a disillusioned home life Through sheer accident he stumbles into the life of Billy Bone and is with him till the inevitable Against All Odds end that all outlaws must face McMurtry seems to have written the book as a send up of the dime novels of yore action driven and very short chapters That is not to say it is badly written It is not McMurtry s blunt prose nolaborate poetry here just well rendered details moves the text along Having read three of McMurtry s novels now I am continually amazed at his ability to create full characters with such sparse language Also of note is the novel s stunning closing image Perfect for this text Anything for Billy is not McMurtry s masterpiece but it is a very good book I Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage enjoyed my time with Ate to become in death the unforgettable desperado he aspires to be in life Not since Lonesome Dove has there been such a richxciting novel about the cowboys Indians and gunmen who live at the blazing heart of the American dre.

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Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls Texas on June 3 1936 He is the author of twenty nine novels including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove three memoirs two essay collections and than thirty screenplays His first published book Horseman Pass By was adapted into the film Hud A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini serie