Deadwood (2020)

Deadwood Pete Dexter Deadwood 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 Bi
  • Title: Deadwood
  • Author: Pete Dexter
  • ISBN: 9781400079711
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
Deadwood Pete Dexter 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, aging and sick but still able to best 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 huntDEADWOOD, 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, aging and sick but still able to best 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 himself pursued by a vicious sheriff, a perverse whore man bent on revenge, and a besotted Calamity Jane Fueled by liquor, sex, and violence, this is the real wild west, unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its story.
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  1. Brian

    Despite being written 20 years before the excellent show on HBO was first broadcast, it s hard to imagine that it didn t serve as a template for the show s creator, David Milch minus the profanity ubiquitous throughout the show So in sync are the characterizations in both the book and show, despite the age difference, that I easily and comfortably envisioned the actors playing the various real life roles reciting the dialogue from the book.Since I think the program might well be the best thing e [...]

  2. Wayne Barrett

    When I came across this book I wanted to read it because I had seen the HBO series, Deadwood, and thought it was fantastic Unfortunately, the book was nowhere as good as the series Just so I don t confuse anyone, I want to point out that the series was not a film adaption of this book They are both based on the same town and characters but are two different animals when it comes to the telling and style The book is not bad, it s just that it lacks the dark, dramatic backdrop set in the series Ev [...]

  3. Adam

    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 squalor of a frontier town This mingling of darkness and character driven comedy is as finely tuned as anything since Heller s Catch 22.

  4. Stephen Durrant

    A novel difficult to rank 3.5 stars and to summarize Deadwood is set in the Badlands during the 1870s and concerns Wild Bill Hickok, his sidekick Charlie Utter, who narrates much of the novel, and an array of other historical figures, Calamity Jane perhaps the most skillfully and delightfully drawn It is the product both of careful research and of genuine literary talent The novel begins with two desperados carrying human heads around the town of Deadwood, South Dakota, one of which briefly beco [...]

  5. Paul

    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 somet [...]

  6. Shirley Schwartz

    I watched every episode of the Deadwood series, and was so disappointed when it ended so abruptly after only 3 seasons When I saw that this book was actualy the book that David Milch built his series around, I had to read it The book is similar in many ways to the excellent series, but it is different too It s actually much deeper and Charlie Utter one of my characters in the series is the main character in the book He is the glue that holds everything together The book is totally surprising, an [...]

  7. Randall

    And NO it s not that on which the HBO series of the same name was based.Before you reach the table of contents, you do get a word from the author, saying The large events and the settings of this novel the fire that destroyed Deadwood, the assassinations of Bill Hickok and the China Doll, the weather, the life and travels of Charley Utter are all real.The Characters, with the exception of Malcolm Nash, are also real, and were in Deadwood at the time these events occurred I know I read several ti [...]

  8. K

    3.5 rounded up This well written novel could have easily been titled Charley Utter His life and times since the stories of Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, et al all flow through this character Pete Dexter did a fine job portraying these well known figures as deeply complex and clearly flawed humans To some degree, his story is sad and full of melancholy, but he usually manages to interject some humor or sex often simultaneously just when it s needed most Like many others, I thoroughl [...]

  9. Dillwynia Peter

    I m a little confused over this one when I consider the ratings It s not a true 4, but there you go I will point out the personal niggled later.Who is the main character here, I thought Initially, I thought it was Wild Bill Hickock, but then he up dies None of the others seemed strong enough to carry it for me, I felt adrift Then I realised there where TWO main characters Deadwood town itself, Charley Utter was carrying the narrative in his gentle way.A great book about an important town in the [...]

  10. wally

    finished this one this afternoon good story i really liked it dunno if it helped that i visited deadwoodd nearby lead well as other locations there and abouts maybe ten years ago never thought to look for a graveyard, cemetery i like how dexter writers a scene, plays it out somed then he returns to and tells it again from the viewpoint of another character in the story have seen him use the same technique in other storiesis i think is number 5 or 6 from him doesn t do it to excess and seems like [...]

  11. Harold

    it s seems pretty obvious that this book had to play some role in the creation of the tv series of the same name I have seen online that the producer of the series, David Milch, says that it didn t, but there is something about the attitude of this book that suggests to me it did, particularly the similar characterizations of Charley Utter, the main character of the book and a prominent character on the tv series, Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock That being said, many of the other familiar na [...]

  12. Clay

    Wow that was truly a surprisingly good read I saw a quote by Jonathan Franzen on the book cover and as I didn t know what else to read I gave this one a try Pete Dexter manages to show you on the very first page what this book is going to be like He really knows how to set the tone straight away It is full of masculine, dark humour, lots of violence and so many weird, but vivid characters The thing is that I ve never watched a single Western movie or read a book like this one before so I am defi [...]

  13. O'linda

    After reading a history of Annie Oakley, Wild Bill, and Buffalo Bill Cody I picked up this book and wasn t disappointed with the research or insight into the characters and historic detail Dexter draws on actual events and people to paint a portrait of the American West that is neither romanticized or based solely on violent drama The demise of the town of Deadwood, a real place in the West, and Wild Bill Hickock s death are used as metaphors for the changes that came to America during the 1800s [...]

  14. Alec

    There s a quote in the movie Vanilla Sky a film which I have always enjoyed, and not only due to the phenomenal Good Vibrations scene in which a character who has just lost his job with a publishing company drunkenly exclaims, People will read again This scene has always stuck with me, perhaps due to his impassioned slurring british speech pattern, but it feels appropriate to mention after my extended hiatus.In truth, the quote is far from appropriate as I have continued reading albeit at a rela [...]

  15. Derek

    In an enticing mix of historical verisimilitude and wild conjecture, Pete Dexter provides a compelling portrait of a wild west town in Deadwood, one that than lives up to the famous HBO television show of the same name and in fact, the book predates the show by quite a few years, leading one to believe that David Milch gleefully pilfered from Dexter s excellent novel as he saw fit.The Franzen pull quote on the book s cover claims that you oughtn t refer to Deadwood as a Western, but I beg to di [...]

  16. Kevin

    Arriving in Deadwood in 1876, was a bit like gate crashing a never ending party whose hosts had left for good The raucous Deadwood townsfolk let off steam every night amid wild gunshots, fuelled largely by gin, whiskey, and the powerful force of their nether regions And that s just the women This novel contains some of the most colourful characters in fiction, and yes for the most part they were real legends of the West Dexters deceptively straightforward style blends truth and fiction to great [...]

  17. James

    I know that I read this novel not long after it came out, back in the eighties, when I was much, much younger, and I had no inkling that a series would appear on HBO decades later based on the same factual town and the same general historical events that occurred there but not this specific novel In fact, I consider myself a fan of Pete Dexter s, as I ve read all of his books, and even had him sign a few They re long gone, alas And, like my return to Ron Hansen s Assassination of Jesse James a f [...]

  18. Bagman

    Yup, there was a very successful HBO series by the same name Other than the characters and the setting, there were few similarities that I could remember If you weren t a fan of the series, don t let that stop you If you were a fan, prepare to be entertained all over again This book is great.It s the characters stupid, it s the characters From Wild Bill Hickok, the book s centerpiece, to Calamity Jane, who s looking for love in all the wrong places From Charley Utter, Bill s best friend to Seth [...]

  19. Corey Vilhauer

    Excerpt from What I ve Been Reading November 2008 Regardless, as a fan of the television show, the book was welcome reminder of the power of the characters involved While Sheriff Bullock takes a smaller role, and some of Swearengen s best developed cronies failed to even show up, the partnership between Utter and Wild Bill was just as you imagined it complicated, honoreable and filled with envy Even the friction between Utter and Calamity Jane was reminiscent of the television show.However, as i [...]

  20. Jeanne

    Yee haw It s western number 3 for 2009 This novel takes us to Deadwood, South Dakota circa 1876 Deadwood is a town of debauchery and gun slinging Folks in Deadwood are not pretty and not polite The language is bawdy, and the details are gritty.Along the way, we meet Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, amongst others We meet men who manage whorehouses and men who preach It s all very western While this novel starts out slowly, the story really does pick up nicely The author paints a vivid picture [...]

  21. Fred Shaw

    Pete Dexter is an excellent writer and story teller This novel is about the mining town of Deadwood in the 1870 s At that time, J.B Wild Bill Hickok and his friend and pard Charley Utter ended up there Dexter tells what happened If you d like to understand what the real old west was like, I believe it s described here Oh, by the way, Calamity Jane was there too Enjoy

  22. Devi

    Dieses Buch war ein Ritt und was f r einer voller typischer Klischees des Western Genres Ich wei nur nicht, ob mir das so richtig gefallen hat Ich schaue mir lieber Western als Film an mit sch nen M nnern, die h bsch angezogen auf der Leinwand sterben Ja, ich habe komische Gel ste Das macht dann 3 Sternchen.

  23. Ryan Tagg

    Well written, funny and exciting at times one of those books I feel like I appreciate after the fact so than during the reading Felt like it dragged but in retrospect I should have taken a moment to appreciate just how beautiful the writing was.

  24. Juliet

    A dark, cruel, but also humorous view of the old West The writing style is so sparse, yet he somehow manages to create vivid images of the characters and their surroundings Lovely, simple, profound.

  25. Wes F

    Some pretty interesting history rolled into a fictive narrative on various characters who populated the historical Deadwood area of the Badlands

  26. Steve

    Solid in every way Funny in one paragraph and downright sad the next, it captures every detail of life in the west and the legends that made it famous.

  27. Steve

    Interesting story that reads much closer to historical fiction then a typical western shoot em up kinda of tale Unique, authentic characters are the foundations of a pretty mediocre plot Almost like the author wanted to craft a psychological study of the different personalities one might encounter throughout a year in the life of a famous frontier town 3.5 Stars

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