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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 12 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400079713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400079711
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1876 William "[Buffalo] Bill" [Hickok] and Charley Utter rode into Deadwood, a hellish frontier settlement in the Black Hills. Bill died there, victim of a possibly demented assassin. Fortunately, this is mostly the story of his constant companion, Charley, a man of sapient insight and, though less famous than his friend, of extensive and varied experience. Charley, Bill, their acquaintance the Bottle Fiend, and later Bill's widow Agnes and mourner Calamity Jane saw some remarkable things in Deadwood and raised considerable Cain. By turns heroic, ludicrous, vicious, pathetic, and infuriating, the exotic citizens of Deadwood grab the reader's interest immediately and never let go. Highly recommended for its deadpan, offbeat, credible frontier anarchy. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“If you want to call Deadwood a Western, you might as well call The House of Mirth chick lit. Dexter looked at the dark, twisted, ridiculous doings of Bill Hickok and company, said to himself, ‘I recognize that! and gave us a world-class entertainment.” —Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections“Unpredictable, hyperbolic and, page after page, uproarious; a joshing book written in high spirits and a raw appreciation of the past.” --The New York Times Book Review“Splendid. . . . Rumor put straight. . . . A carefully researched knitting of events into their most dazzling fabric.” --The Philadelphia InquirerDeadwood may well be the best western ever written.” —The Washington Post Book World"What deepens and darkens [Dexter's] writing, so that art is the precise word to describe it, is a powerful understanding that character rules, that we live with our weaknesses and die of our strengths." --Time"Dexter is a master of colloquial poetry, of moods revealed through gestures and settings." --Playboy "One of the greatest American writers... a storyteller who cuts straight to the nerve." --Scott L. Turow"Dexter's strongest suit is his exquisite understanding of the finely meshed engines of greed, appetite, and interest." --The New York Times Book Review"Great, eccentric characters....Dexter's writing is a living thing." --USA Today

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booked4Life on June 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book after becoming interested in Deadwood via HBO's series of that name. Since Deadwood is a real place, and since both the book and the television series are based on the real place, many of the characters are common to both. They do not, however, have much more in common besides their names and some shared historic events. Pete Dexter is a fine writer, and in Deadwood he has written a particularly fine novel. Much of the novel centers on the relationship between Wild Bill and his friend Charlie Utter. Other characters whose stories are explored include Charlie's friend, the soft-brained, Bottle Fiend, Wild Bill's widow Agnes Lake, Sheriff Seth Bullock and his partner Sol Star, a beautiful and tragic Chinese singer and prostitute named China Doll, and the always surprising Calamity Jane. Well worth reading, whether or not you like Deadwood, the TV series.
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By vanishingpoint on May 13 2001
Format: Paperback
... How come the Wild West is so ...calm in this novel, you ask? Simple. Dexter chooses Charlie Utter as the central character, Bill Hickok's stoic, aloof partner, and it is he and his restrained wit that serves as backbone to this wonderful novel.
The book is split into four parts: Bill, The China Doll (a beautiful Chinese ..), Agnes (Lake, Bill’s wife), and Jane (Calamity). Bill is gone by the end of his section, which surprised me because I thought this book was about Wild Bill. It is and it isn’t. He isn’t physically around after the first part, but his legend is everywhere, and it runs through the book.
I’ve read Paris Trout and Brotherly Love from Pete Dexter before, and enjoyed this one the most, for it is the funniest. Sometimes it’s ha-ha funny; other times it’s more reflective. It’s a fine book, one that makes me wish Dexter will go back to novel writing soon.
- SJW
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Peter Dexter's western Deadwood is a work of American Literature that stands up on its own. Calling it a 'western' unfairly limits the scope of its appeal. Like Dexter's other works, Deadwood is a book about America and Americans. Through course and revealing dialogue Dexter Dexter illuminates how we think grandly, why we act poorly, and why we continue to struggle for hapiness, joy, and a good lay. Dexter's characters also speak plainly and to the point. There are wonderful points in this book, for example, when you can hear the characters lying to themselves. There are other points when you can see them flailing against a recognizable and tragic fate. All in all, this is a fine book, written by a fine writer. After you read this you'll need to read Brothery Love and God's Pocket, which are Dexter's next two best books.
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If you're a fan of Pete Dexter you've no doubt read everything the man has written. However, if you are unfamiliar with this superb writer and in dire need of something with more substance than your average N.Y Times bestseller list fare, please jump in. Regardless of whether you're a "western" aficinado or not this is a stunning work. Mr. Dexter's abilities with language and character place him in the highest echelon of current authors. If someone (Mr. D.?) could lovingly transcribe this into a multi-part television movie a la "Lonesome Dove" I could die happy.
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By A Customer on June 30 1998
Format: Paperback
I started the book and had trouble with the context of the wild west and the characters in the beginning. I began to be swept up by the words of the author somewhere around page 60 and I was a bystander talking and listening to the characters in the book. Dexter's development of characters is very rich and knitting of paralell storylines is extrordinary. I enjoyed it immensely! Especially the conversations between the Bottle Fiend and Charlie.
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A great book. It gives such a human dimension to Wild Bill--his blindness at dawn or dusk, his troublesome prostate problems, and his obscession with pink gin. His murder is not the true focus of the book. It is his character, and that of his assassin and Calamidy Jane. It was really good to visit the man behind the myth. In his last days at the No.10 saloon. A very well written book.
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