Title: Way Out West
Author: Mark Twain
In: The Mammoth Book of Westerns (Jon E. Lewis)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Westerns
Dates read: 31st March 2020
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: First we left the dogs behind; then we passed a jackass-rabbit; then we overtook a coyote, and were gaining on an antelope when the rotten girths let go and threw me about thirty yards off to the left, and as the saddle went down over the horse’s rump he gave it a lift with his heels that sent it more than four hundred yards up in the air, I wish I may die in a minute if he didn’t.
Welcome to the Wild, Wild, West. Way out in the Wild, Wild West.
There is just something great about the way that Mark Twain writes. His use of language, his very realistic storylines… I love his style of writing. And even with this western short story, I was more swept away by the use of the language than the actual storyline.
I didn’t feel like there was a huge plot to this short story. More, I found that it was incredibly descriptive of the setting of the western world. Since I haven’t actually read a western before, it was a great introduction to the world. After all, one of the biggest part of westerns is the setting and reality in which they’re found…
As an introduction to Westerns, this story is kind of great. And fun. I can’t wait to see what more I discover about Westerns and the stories that are told.