By Robert CooverIn a land of sand, dry rocks, and lifeless issues rides the undying American hero: a forlorn horseman, "leathery and sunburnt and outdated because the hills. but only a child. will never be something else." He drifts right into a wasteland ghost city (or, in a feeling, it drifts as much as him), the place, lower than an vague legal responsibility, he needs to function either lawman and outlaw, a functionality either outrageously comedian and profoundly traumatic, akin to Samuel Beckett's clowns and of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote. all of the parts of the Western epic are present--heroes and villains, whores and virgins, gunfights, saloon brawls, high-stakes playing, financial institution and educate robberies, runaway degree coaches, white stallions and black mares, livestock stampedes, prospectors and bounty hunters, jailbreaks, duels, scalp-hunts and hangings--but all considerably remodeled by means of Robert Coover's comedian strength. a lot as Cervantes's spellbound knight introduced an finish to the period of the medieval eu romance, so does Robert Coover's Ghost city hero deliver down the curtain in this century of the yankee cowboy.