The Collected Works of Billy the Kid has ratings and reviews. Michael said: This is a portrait of Billy the Kid as reflected in a thousand piec. Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje’s visionary. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID. Anne Blott. Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a montage of techniques designed to.

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This is a portrait of Billy the Kid as reflected in a thousand pieces of a shattered mirror.

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Jul 26, Adam Brewer rated it it was amazing. I’ll never forget him complaining about the sound of candies being unwrapped during class. The shot burnt the clothes on his stomach off and lifted him light back into collected room.

By the time he was twenty-one he had, by his own reckoning, slain nineteen more. The combination of poems, short narrative thr, newspaper interviews, and photos creates an image of the outlaw that’s almost impressionistic in nature.

I have a theory about my difficulties with poetry. I think I’ve read this book a hundred times. How about you, do you think you will last in people’s memories? The others melt and surround. The narrative sections can be dense, tangly bits of writing, difficult to follow on a literal level but potent with atmosphere.

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He presents himself and his memory of scenes in the frames of windows and doors, watching the play of light on a moving object. How beautiful it is that, and but, and what have I done, and wow, and huh? Then he started to write — he had to write. I was standing on a wall, at my feet there was this bucket and in the bucket was a pump and I was pumping water out over the wall.

Miss Angela D her eyes like a boat on fire her throat is a kitchen warm on my face heaving my head mouth out she swallows your breath like warm tar pour the man in the bright tin armour star blurred in the dark saying stop jeesus jesus jesus JESUS.


The New York Times Online. I think, because I kind of discovered prose outside of learning, I’ve always viewed it as past-time more anything. Open Preview See a Problem? View all 4 comments. He is like Garrett, as both record the same scene at the Chisum ranch like technicians watching each other. A poetry teacher in high-school introduced me to it. One dog, Garrett and two friends came down the street to the house, to me.

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Billy’s camera eye is only one emblem of the mechanization of nature; the machine metaphors expand in descriptions of sex and guns. John Diefenbakera former Canadian prime minister, was reported to woros “hated the award-winning book and called a news conference to denounce it.

Sometimes a normal forehead in front of me leaked brain gasses” p. And yet, Even though dead they buried him in leg irons. The co This is the book that got Tom Romano thinking about incorporating multigenre research in his high school classes, and it’s easy to see why he found it so inspiring.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Billy writes about Garrett: In the opening of the book, Billy introduces this pieced-together man, his breath blowing out his neck and cheek and flapping them like air bladders. Writing from several perspectives, including that of Billy himself, Ondaatje completely transforms and retransforms himself so that he seems to have completely evolved into each character he is writing as.

January at Tivan Arroyo, called Stinking Springs more often. Garrett takes off his hat and leaves it outside the door. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a bilyl synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth by a writer who brings us back to our familiar legends with a renewed sense of wonder.

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Billy is “the left-handed gun,” the inheritor of machine specialization whose beautiful white hand, transformed to an instrument used only to fire bullets, hypnotizes Garrett.


Two hands, one dead, one born from me, one like crystal, one like shell of snake found in spring. Through these passages Billy explores the difficulty of catching reality out of the fragments of memory and incomplete perception.

The Kid Tells All: Verse novels Canadian novels Novels by Michael Ondaatje. In many scenes, Billy waits in a dark room and looks out to a white landscape defined by the frames of windows and doors. This poem leads to Billy’s revelations of his vision of reality as a mechanism below the surface skin, something he can penetrate in the way that he can foresee the shattering of his skull. Again, this poem is part of a sequence on Billy’s death, and is completed with Bllly alone in the dark waiting for Garrett: The summary half-lines broken across the page invoke the future, and Garrett is watching and waiting as Billy begins the narrative: One morning woke up Charlie was cooking and we ate not talking but sniffing wind wind so fine it vollected like drinking kdi Within the poetry Ondaatje’s punctuation is eratic, but the more I read the more I realized that Billy billu eratic and Ondaatje had gotten into Billy’s head.

The death of Charlie Bowdre is played three times. This is pure, emotional literary fiction at its best. They just start jumping up and down the page of their own accord. Ondaatje imagines the pieces of Billy refraining in the coffin seventy years later: This is a book where a dying man’s last words are, indelibly, get away from me yer stupid chicken.

I certainly had a well-established addiction to Famous Five by the time I was in first class seven-ish?