The Mucker is far and away my favorite ERB book. It really just has everything in it. And it's the odd ERB book where the protagonist isn't the much vaunted hidden gentleman though he's definitely a diamond in the very rough. And it was elusive. Not like the ERB books that you became convinced were really urban legends The Girl Fro Sometimes the quest is far better than the culmination. You knew they existed. You might even know somebody who owned them lucky bastards. But finding them in the wild Fast forward 35 or so years and I'm slowly re-reading Burroughs' oeuvre.
Through the wonders of the internet, being an adult with a job and whatnot books that eluded me in my youth are now largely obtainable. So I was able to read The Mucker Returns. And maybe I shouldn't have. It's not that it's actively bad. Maybe if I'd read it at age nostalgia would make it better than it is now. It's just very middling Burroughs.
It has most of his ticks transposed to a mediocre western. All the coincidence It's an okay book. It's not "dire Burroughs" a la The Eternal Savage. But it wasn't what my teenage self had looked for so long. The Mexican setting is a nice touch, but virtually nothing else stands out.
The book suffers from what is quite possibly the lamest love triangle I've ever seen, and Burroughs stacks the plot with so many ridiculous coincidences that it's impossible to take any of it seriously. Ultimately, readers are left with a dues ex machina-style ending and all the plot threads tied up in an ultra-neat bow.
That being said, there is some fun to be had here, assuming you can turn your brain off for the duration. Burroughs' prose is adept as always, and he occasionally includes some nice snippets of poetry by a guy named Knibbs, who--as far as I know--may or may not be a real person. But don't expect too much.
View 2 comments. The continuing saga of Billy Byrne, the one-time Mucker, and his quest to be worthy of the lovely Barbara, even tho' he knows he can never have her, because he's a Mucker and she's of the wealthy Socialite class.
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Jan 04, Kirk Dobihal rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , fiction. Entertaining but dated and as to today's politics this would be deemed politically incorrect in respect to the treatment of Mexicans. It is a story taking place during or about the time of the Mexican War. Jan 25, Tim Hill rated it really liked it. I think this story has been re written many times but ill bet this is the original version.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jun 29, John Lawson rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , historical-fiction. Convicted for a murder he didn't commit, the Mucker escapes confinement and the long arm of the law. Gun slinging and casual racism ensue. Well, that was unexpected. Instead of pursuing the story of an urban thug becoming a boxing legend, he heads west and does battle with Villa's banditos. Not sure how convincing the big lug is as a cowboy, but whatever. I guess Burroughs just wanted to take Convicted for a murder he didn't commit, the Mucker escapes confinement and the long arm of the law.
Love wins out in the end. Mar 20, Rob Roy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. Shelves: historical-fiction.
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I remember reading The Mucker many years ago, and enjoying it. This is a sad continuation. It starts out in the slums of Chicago, and ends up across the border in Mexico in the days of Poncho Villa. It rapidly becomes a shoot'em up western, and not a good one. The book is seriously marred by the racism towards Mexicans and Indians.
Yes, that is the way folk thought in , the year of its publication, but that does not make it palatable. I love Burroughs, but suggest that this book not be bothe I remember reading The Mucker many years ago, and enjoying it. I love Burroughs, but suggest that this book not be bothered with.
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Jul 09, Jeff J. While the first Mucker novel was derivative it had its merits. I'm not sure why the lead character was even used in the follow-up, it clearly falls into the Western genre. This discrepancy, coupled with the fact the book hasn't aged well, prevents me from recommending to all but Burroughs completists. Jul 27, Charles rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy.
Not nearly as good as the first book, "The Mucker. Sep 18, Ronald rated it liked it. David T rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Steven rated it really liked it Nov 08, John rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Travis rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Condition: Very Good -. Frazetta, Frank illustrator. Bright pictorial cover. Minor edge wear, spine lightly creased, pages browning. Condition: Near Fine. Later Ace printing in Near Fine condition.
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The remarkable story of Billy Byrne, the vicious, hardened Chicago thug and ruffian who, answering to the magical touch of a great love, gradually changed his entire point of view, ethical standards, and character, until from fear and loathing the beautiful Barbara Harding, daughter of a New York millionaire, came to trust and at last to love him. In the end, Billy, believing the gulf between "Grand Avenue and Riverside Drive" was too wide to be bridged even by love itself, refused to marry Barbara, and left her.
When the present story opens over a year has elapsed and Byrne finds himself in further scrapes in revolutionary Mexico. Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of the world's most popular authors. In the ensuing thirty-eight years until his death in , Burroughs wrote ninety-one books and a host of short stories and articles. Although best known as the creator of the classic Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars, his restless imagination knew few bounds.
Burroughs's prolific pen ranged from the American West to primitive Africa and on to romantic adventure on the moon, the planets, and even beyond the farthest star. Seller Inventory APC Published by Ballantine Books. About this Item: Ballantine Books. From private collection. Ships same or next business day. Seller Inventory SKU Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.
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