BIGAMY JONES by Frank X. Tolbert

BIGAMY JONES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The danciest cowboy in West Texas -- that's Bigamy Jones and he's a several minded man besides, particularly about wives for he chalked up some thirty odd marriages -- and how many children? There's his party for the widow which featured camels and trouble for himself; there's Della, Dulce, Viola- to name a few of his adoreds. Then there's little Joe, his lead steer who is a hero in a school incident as well as a main character throughout And there's Grandfather Renfro, boss of the Hell to Catch Ranch, who is a tolerant person when Bigamy is after the wheeligo girls. Bigamy's sweet talking courting never interferes with non-romantic matters and when killers come after him, he is ready to take care of himself. Barbed wire comes to the country and after that it is his last wife, Delores, who brings about his death. But his dying curse for her comes true, with a little aid and assist from Grandfather's cook. A ring of the folk tale gives a rollicky lilt to the regional rhythms and 15 year old Bud, who tells the story, calls the turns for the drawling life of the 1870's.

Pub Date: March 8th, 1954
Publisher: Holt