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Huck Out West

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"A giant stands on the shoulders of a giant, and the view is large and giddying. In its vibrant skylarking and in its yearning undertow, this disenchanted enchantment throws new light on Twain's America--and on Robert Coover's."
Garth Risk Hallberg

"An extraordinary book a beautifully earnest and direct work from perhaps the most formidable trickster in American letters. Anyone with an ounce of heart in their chests should read this immediately."
Alan Moore

At the end of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory." In Robert Coover's Huck Out West, also "wrote by Huck," the boys do just that, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war.

They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and "dreadful lonely," hires himself out to "whosoever." He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into U.S. Army massacres, suffers a series of romantic and barroom misadventures.

He is eventually drawn into a Lakota tribe by a young brave, Eeteh, an inventive teller of Coyote tales who "was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine." There is an army colonel who wants to hang Huck and destroy Eeteh's tribe, so they're both on the run, finding themselves ultimately in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush.

This period, from the middle of the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876, is probably the most formative era of the nation's history. In the West, it is a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, huge disparities of wealth. Only Huck's sympathetic and gently comical voice can make it somehow bearable.

Genre: Historical
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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-393-60844-1 / 978-0-393-60844-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Huck Out West
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 1-4104-9727-5 / 978-1-4104-9727-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 1-68168-381-4 / 978-1-68168-381-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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