How the West Was Fun
In his long-awaited novel, Rudy Wurlitzer conjures a fantastic frontier
Drop Edge of Yonder
by Rudolph Wurlitzer
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The Drop Edge of Yonder, Rudy Wurlitzer's first novel in over twenty years, may be the most hallucinogenic western you'll ever catch in the movie house of your mind's eye. Indeed, the novel is so saturated with cinema that its considerable pleasures may, I fear, demand from the reader a love or at least admiration for that mightiest and most hackneyed of film genres. For though Drop Edge continues the withering dissection of personal identity that Wurlitzer began with his prickly experimental novels of the late '60s and '70s, the book achieves its existential voids and visionary ironies through a satisfaction of western conventions that is simultaneously devotional, surreal, and absurdly indulgent. What results is a genre farce with oracular power—a Queen of Hearts sutra, a court jester's Blood Meridian.
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