HUCK OUT WEST by Robert Coover | Kirkus ReviewsIt takes some courage, or perhaps hutzpah, to take a piece of classic American literature by one of the great humorists and social observers and to produce a sequel written in the same style as the original. It takes great talent do so successfully. Robert Coover has all the qualities necessary and deploys them deftly in his latest novel, Huck Out West. His first, The Origin of the Brunists, was published in and won the William Faulkner Award for notable first novel. In over a half century of writing Coover has also published five novellas, several plays, and a multitude of short stories.
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Thank you! Rather, he is out to deconstruct not a genre but American literary iconography. In his telling, Tom Sawyer, who keeps turning up like a bad penny, has long since ceased to be a charming bad boy; he is now a zealot for public hangings and worse. More to the point, though, he is after a consideration, or critique, of the narrative of westward expansion, in which American hegemony was recast as opportunity and morality became an inconvenient truth at best. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
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There are no second acts in American life — and blamed few in American literature. The characters of our great novels have remained stubbornly rooted in the works that introduced them and resist transplanting by their creators or anyone else. A handful of exceptions come to mind. Beyond the wan exploits of these two representative American sad sacks, it has generally been one and out for our John Galts and Ishmaels and Lady Bretts. Uproariously funny, it was not meant to advance the canon; and in that, it succeeded. The result was published by Council Press in Jon Clinch came the closest.