The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 20, 2011 - Poetry - 128 pages
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Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje's visionary novel traces the legendary outlaw's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth by a writer who brings us back to our familiar legends with a renewed sense of wonder.

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I knew nothing about this book before I picked it up. I had recently read "In the Skin of a Lion" and that book left me dumb with awe. First few pages in and I'm thinking - Wow, William Bonney was ... Read full review

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Beautiful and surreal, phantasmagorical and beautifully visceral. The prose sections of the book were much more interesting and enjoyable. The poetry, at times, seemed to try way to hard to be 'edgy ... Read full review

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Michael Ondaatje is a novelist and poet who lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of The English Patient, Divisadero, In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Anil's Ghost; three collections of poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, Secular Love, and There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do; and a memoir, Running in the Family. He received the Booker Prize for The English Patient.

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