Dexter, Pete. Deadwood. Random House, 1986.
Reason read: the Dakotas were issued into statehood in the month of November.
Things you need to know about Deadwood: most of the characters are real. Some of the events are real. Pete Dexter is funny AF in Deadwood, but take caution because there are just as many of disturbing scenes to match. Taking place in mid 1870s, readers plop themselves down in the middle of the Dakotas during the Gold Rush era. Violence and prostitution rule the plot. This should not be a surprise as Wild Bill Hickok, Charley Utter, Calamity Jane, China Doll, and Bill’s wife, Agnes, all get a chapter in Deadwood. Confessional: I didn’t see much of a point to Deadwood. I never connected with any of the characters and I got weary of all the gunslinging.
Is it a spoiler to say I was surprised Wild Bill died as early as he did in the story?
Lines I liked, “The war didn’t leave anybody the same” (p 30). Isn’t that true of any war?
Author fact: Dexter wrote The Paperboy, which I read in 2007 and Train, which I plan to read in November of 2031. Yes, I plan that far out.
Book trivia: There is a television series of the same name, as well as a movie. Neither are connected to Pete Dexter’s novel.
Playlist: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “I Know My Redeemer Liveth”, “The Days of the Forty-Nine”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”.
Nancy said: Pearl called Deadwood well written and funny. Agreed.
BookLust Twist: from More Book Lust in the chapter called “The Great Plains: the Dakotas” (p 105).