Last Go Round: A Real Western

Last Go Round A Real Western Out of the mists of Oregon lore Ken Kesey has summoned a long remembered story he first heard as a boy from his father around a campfire the last go round at the Pendleton Round Up in which pit

  • Title: Last Go Round: A Real Western
  • Author: Ken Kesey Ken Babbs
  • ISBN: 9780140176674
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Out of the mists of Oregon lore, Ken Kesey has summoned a long remembered story he first heard as a boy from his father around a campfire the last go round at the Pendleton Round Up in 1911, which pitted three cowboys against each other as they rode for the first world broncbusting crown Photos.

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    1. I was actually born in Pendleton, where the Round Up is still held every year and it seems like half the West turns out for it. I remember very little of the events themselves, but I remember the buildup to the event every year: the parade with the Round Up Princesses and various tribes, the RVs rolling in from states on the far side of the Rockies, and the week we got off of school during Round Up. Last Go Round is far more fiction than it is fact, but if I wanted to read fact I wouldn't have r [...]

    2. I should explain some of the background of the history behind Last Go Round. In 1911, the Pendleton Roundup, held on the Columbia River prairie in Oregon, was heavily promoted as the World Championship Rodeo of all time. Colorful characters such as William Cody (Buffalo Bill) were in attendance as well as all of the genuine rodeo elite of the time. Much like the author, Ken Kesey, I was introduced to the Pendleton roundup in the 1960s as the premiere annual rodeo event. We went in our western we [...]

    3. This was a really fun read. It is very different than Kesey's other books, in that it was just a feel good story about 3 guys competing at a rodeo. There is nothing super powerful about this, and it won't blow you away, but pretty much anyone will enjoy it.The three main character are John Spain, George Fletcher, and Sundown Jackson (all real people), and this story follows them throughout the 3-4 days of the first ever World Championship Rodeo in Pendleton, OR (I think OR), in 1911. These guys [...]

    4. «Сынок, все на свете случайно…»— Фокус в том, чтобы поверили, что это нарочно.Книга, начинающаяся с отказа от ответственности в своём посвящении, не может оказаться скучной. И пусть повествование напоминает походку в стельку пьяного кавбоя, одурманенного индейский чаем и [...]

    5. This book is a very well-written story, with an interesting plot apparently based on a true story, and several interesting characters. It is, however, vastly different from Kesey's two better-known novels, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes A Great Notion". Oh, like them it has some larger-than-life characters triumphing over obstacles, and like them it is set in the American Northwest. But the writing style is far less idiosyncratic; like "Cuckoo's Nest", it is told in first perso [...]

    6. Absolutely loved it. An exciting book about real people, a real event, and some riveting story-telling. I enjoy reading about African Americans in the West and this character, George Fletcher goes right up to the top of the heap with characters such as Deadwood Dick. Told from the point of view of someone who meets Fletcher on the way to the 1911 Pendleton (Oregon) Rodeo this story tells of the social problems in a turn-of-the-century western town without preaching. Other characters in the story [...]

    7. Not Kesey's best book for sure. While I liked the interaction between John Spain, Jackson Sundown, and George Fletcher, there were some glitches that threw me out of the story. At least two geography things were wrong, and then there was a horse thing that also didn't sit right with me. Little things like that which just don't work, and in a novelization of a real event like this, those are just the kind of details you want to get as correct as possible.Oh well. Great characterization, and even [...]

    8. A fictionalized account of an early Pendleton Round-up, that featured a Nez Perce, an African-American, and a white southerner in a saddlebronc ride-off after a three way tie for the all-round title. The narrator is the southerner telling his story many years later in oral cowboy fashion. This was Kesey's last published novel and was written with his friend Ken Babbs. "A rip snorter of a yarn (with) a surprising degree of wishful complexity." The New York TimesLots of fun and humor but the book [...]

    9. Historical fiction about the Pendelton, Oregon rodeo of 1911. First person narration by one of the rodeo's stars, a young kid from Tennesse. He reports his slightly star-struck conversations and wild activities with two other, more experienced stars. All three are historical figures. Buffalo Bill and other historical characters have minor roles, but it is the relationships between the three stars that is the focus. Photographs.

    10. Last Go Round: A Real Western by Ken Kesey with Ken Babbs (Viking 1994) (Fiction – Western). Kesey recounts an old Oregon cowboy tale that his father told him. It's the story of “The Last Roundup” on the Pendleton Ranch in 1911. It sounds a lot more interesting than it was. Think more Sometimes a Great Notion and less One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. DNF. My rating: 3/10, finished 2008.

    11. The Pendleton Roundup is the setting for the last of Ken Kesey’s novels. He spins an entertaining yarn populated with many famous western characters, like Buffalo Bill Cody, around the real episode of a 1911 competition between George Fletcher, an African American cowboy, Jackson Sundown, a Nez Pierce bronco buster, and John Spain, a southerner. It is an entertaining novel focusing on a bit of Oregon history.

    12. I found this title on a list of 40 Books set in the Pacific Northwest at powells/blog/required-. I found this to be an amusing Western tale, although it was liberally sprinkled with un-politically correct race descriptions. Not out of place given that the story takes place at the first annual Pendleton Round-Up in 1911, though the book was published in 1994.

    13. This was a kinda interesting novel from Ken Keseye koolaid man.Historical Fiction, written from the perspective of one of the main players in an event of history. Perhaps plays off the crude jokes.A White Cowboy, a black cowboy, and an indian cowboy walk into a bar. those are the 3 main characters look at gender and race and culture rolled into one.

    14. the first Pendelton Round Up. I Read this story by our local Author Ken Kesey, And was very entertained. I truly hope that some of the story was true but do kinda doubt it. But when I go to Pendelton I intend to find out. Regardless this book was very good and from an author that my mom did not like much, But that is another story.

    15. Addresses racism, sexism, sex, and bronco riding. What more can you ask for? Kesey's humor is exquisitely displayed, descriptions are bigger than the silver (or HD) screen, and the whole thing makes you want to be a cowboy/cowgirl. Or "Indian" (Kesey likes his big Native Americans). Or a black cowboy who's the best rodeo star in history. Fun.

    16. Being from Oregon, I found this bit historical fiction interesting. I know Kesey is a big Oregon author, but this is the first book of his that I have read. The story is a mix of factual history and fiction surrounding the early days of the famous Pendleton Round-Up. I found it a good short read.

    17. It was the authors that drew me to this book--having thoroughly enjoyed all things Kesey, I was fascinated by a pairing with Babbs, another Merry Prankster.The backdrop of an early 20th century rodeo was intriguing.It did not disappoint.

    18. One of my favoritesa wild ride into this fictionalized account of the first Pendleton Rodeo. I loved the characters and it is one of my favorite books to give to friends who are outdoor type loving animals and independent characters both male and female.

    19. Setting for story was eastern Oregon during the Pendelton Roundup. Great storyline includes African-Amercian cowboy, I enjoyed the character development of this person.

    20. Kesey has always been a favorite author of mine based on Sometimes A Great Notion and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This book is nothing like those but is a wonderfully charming read.

    21. Yeah buddy! I had fallin' off the reading wagon but this book has spurred me back aboard. I really enjoyed reading this.

    22. The setting was amazing and the author's story telling made me want to stay in the locale. The characters are real, people to be missed.

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