The Congress of Rough Riders

The Congress of Rough Riders

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William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West.

Though he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry.

When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, "The Congress of Rough Riders of the World" for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 32mm | 299.37g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552776149
  • 9780552776141
  • 312,087

Review Text

"The charm of history in this book lies in imagining how exciting it would have been to live there"
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"Boyne's story has echoes of John Irving's sprawling family epics. This is an entertaining campfire story" * Time * "A total blast... clever, provocative stuff. A formidable achievement" * Independent * "A rollicking ride...Compelling" * The Scotsman * "The charm of history in this book lies in imagining how exciting it would have been to live there" * Observer * "Boyne is an engaging writer who succeeds in making his readers care about the confused and rather selfish William" * Daily Telegraph *
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About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel yet.
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90 ratings
3.27 out of 5 stars
5 7% (6)
4 34% (31)
3 40% (36)
2 18% (16)
1 1% (1)
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