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review ò Deadwood 100 ☆ ❮KINDLE❯ ❅ Deadwood Author Pete Dexter – Helpyouantib.co.uk DEADWOOD DAKOTA TERRITORIES 1876 Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne fleeing an ungrateful populace Bill Deadwood DAKOTA TERRITORIES Legendary gunman WiSelf pursued by a vicious sheriff a perverse whore man bent on revenge and a besotted Calamity Jane Fueled by liuor sex and violence this is the real wild west unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its stor. Charley Utter Wild Bill Hickock approach Deadwood following the Whitewood Creek where things widened enough for a town sign that was Deadwood“How's it look to you” Bill said“Like something out of the Bible” Charley said“What part of the Bible” Bill said“Where God got angry” Charley said When I started reading this book I thought it was about Wild Bill his off sider companion Charlie Utter In fact Wild Bill is a bit player departs relatively early although Utter remains a constant presence sometime narrator throughout this narrative the real character is Deadwood; a wild frontier mining town with it's cast of offbeat wild eccentric characters It's a gritty tale of the Wild West in the late 19th early 20th century populated with tales of murder decapitations whores lawlessness psychopaths casual violence mayhem Smallpox mud a colorful cast of characters In addition to Wild Bill Charlie Utter there is a reluctant Sheriff the whore man a psychopath Calamity Jane who lives up to her name the soft brain a cowardly blow hard self appointed Captain an endless coterie of the deranged eccentric Throughout this tale of debauchery gritty mayhem the author Pete Dexter has woven his own brand of dark droll humor “Dr O E Sick had tucked his nightshirt into his pants tucked his pants into his boots “Everyone's a shootist” he said “Bang bang” “A woman that can wield an axe is a gift from God to her husband” the captain said smiling again “Did you shoot him” she said Charlie scratched his neck thinking of a way to explain it “You did didn't you” And she came out of bed naked to look at Handsome's leg“It happened in Chinatown” Charley said Boone sat up began dressing himself under the covers Seeing he was suddenly polite Charlie realized Boone might have to be shot too after he was decent I've been meaning to read Pete Dexter for some time I thought Deadwood might be a good place to start It is I'm now a fan look forward to reading his other books of which I have several Even if you think you are not a fan of Westerns approach this as a work of historical fiction interspersed liberally with dark humor One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year An easy 5 out of 5 stars from this reader

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DEADWOOD DAKOTA TERRITORIES Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne fleeing an ungrateful populace Bill aging and sick but still able to. This one grew on me It starts out slow and weird and despite wallowing in the weird the pace picks up uite a but I was a huge fan of the HBO series about Deadwood and so this probably colored my mental pictures of Charlie Utter Wild Bill Sheriff Bullock Al Swearengen and Calamity Jane As opposed to the TV show which is or less from Bullock’s and Swearengen’s perspectives Dexter’s Deadwood is told from Charlie’s viewpoint I still haven’t taken the time to dust off my DVDs to rewatch the show and I don’t have HBO to watch the Deadwood The Movie but I think I may take the time to do soWe see most of the story through the eyes of Charley Utter Wild Bill Hickock's best friend The two of them land in Deadwood after Bill had killed someone in Arkansas Bill sets to drinking pink gun which becomes a bit of a fashion in town and hanging out with the gamblers and drunkards of town Charley accompanies the teetotaler Captain Jack and Bill on a moose hunt in which an old lame moose is killed leaving a few forlorn females It struck Charley that the cows would come back after they were gone and smell pink gin and think that was the smell of death p 120 This turns out to be a prefiguration of Bill's death a key pivotal moment in the story For the moment though the expedition serves as comic relief They were two thirds of the way across when the moose sankCharley turned around too and watched the moose sinkand then he was in the water too p 121 Once back in Deadwood Charley feels a bit shaken by his near drowning He lay sleepless for most of the nightand stared at the cricket on the floor The cricket's movements were mostly in his whiskers Charley believed God was in every creature on earth even people and waited about ten minutes for Him to reveal Himself It didn't happen p 138 After all it there was a godless place on earth that place would be DeadwoodDexter's Deadwood features several tragic characters that are not in the TV show Malcolm and the Bottle Fiend Malcolm Nash is Charley's son in law and a victim sexual abuse including a wild gang rape by the whore man Al Swearengen who is on the wagon train with Bill and Charley arriving in Deadwood The rape nearly kills him and drives him insane This is one place where Dexter's story differs uite a bit from that of the HBO show because in the latter Al is never portrayed as a homosexual and is already established in Deadwood when Bill and Charley appear We see Calamity Jane nursing Malcolm back to life similar to Jane's saving of smallpox victims in the TV showThe other character the Bottle Fiend is a soft brain that takes care of the public bath in Deadwood and Charley befriends and defends him throughout the book in one of the charming touching relationships He is a well drawn character with his collection of thousands of bottles which was a beautiful visual deviceAs things turn out Bill is of course murdered in cold blood leaving Charley feeling alone and hurt He seeks solace at the bottom of a whiskey bottle before finding his way back because that's where Charley wanted to be again back to the beginning of how things were made Along the way there he expected to see every living thing in Deadwood on its own level and in the end he would know what he needed to do p 172 It is thus that we get his view of life in Deadwood as he figures out what his next steps will beAnother crazy character that was not as far as I recall in the TV show was Mrs Langrishe with whom Charley has an ongoing love affair her husband didn't like women She is another strong Western woman who sees death everywhere but is able to maintain a sense of decorum and get some pleasure out of like with CharleyAgnes Lake Hickok Bill's widow arrives in Deadwood for the funeral and there ensues a funny seen where Charley is too drunk to even rest in his trick chair p 273 as he tries to avoid contact between the widow and the roaring drunk Calamity Jane who as in the TV show is distraught over Bill's demise He and Agnes have a poignant conversation about BillThat's why I ask you things I don't know how else to find out what I lostShe said that and stopped and Charley saw she was through talking now He ran his hands through his hair it was Bill's gesture He thought of the things he'd lost when Bill died there weren't words to explain them But she needed him to explain somethingThings end out of balance he said after a while There isn't any other way they can end because that's the way they happen In the end you want things eual but it doesn't happen He saw her eyes begin to fill he never expected itAnd he stood up and crossed the room dizzy and sat down next to her on the bed He smelled soap again fresh scrubbed skin He noticed age marks around the bottom of her neck He put his arms around her and held her a long timeAnd he loved her for all the lost parts of his life p 274 I felt that this was one of the masterful moments of the whole book But of course it could never work out for Agnes and Charley Later Charley attends a party at Mrs Lagrishe's house where she seduces him with a pleasant banter as a black servant serves them wine on a platterGlasses were exchanged two for one It was unpleasant stuff but it grew on you and he drank one before he resumed the conversationThis drink is closer to love than love itself he said He was looking at the glasses together one full one empty when he said that She smiled at him and cocked her head waiting for him to finish He noticed the freckles on her chest again where had the freckles been when they were upstairs and the tendons in her neck where it met her shoulders He was hypnotized by her tendons Was that a toast she said 'This drink is closer to love than love itself'He felt himself changing ten ways a second Just that it grows on you until you need it he said p 293 This easy going philosophy is truly what keeps Charley alive and vibrant throughout the book I would say that the Charley of the TV show is probably as charming as Dexter's but Dexter's is a tad bit humanI felt that the writing improved as the plot developed and by the end I was hooked While not as moving or vast as Lonesome Dove Deadwood was a great western book and should be taken as a different work of art from the TV show and breathes a vibrant life into some of the characters that the TV show glossed over

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DeadwoodBest any man in a fair gunfight just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards But in this town of played out miners bounty hunters upstairs girls Chinese immigrants and various other entrepeneurs and miscreants he finds him. Dexter’s Deadwood is boisterous wild and darkly hud epic The humor and the intricate exploring of the characters makes you forget that this book catalogues murder insanity sickness suicides mutilation prostitution and the mud and the sualor of a frontier town This mingling of darkness and character driven comedy is as finely tuned as anything since Heller’s Catch 22