What a strange, engrossing book. I find myself liking most westerns, mainly because most don't seem to be about the West at all. The Wild West setting, instead of being a focal point of the plot, becomes an allegory for some other place and time, or stands in for the general condition of man, or something. I don't know, I'm not a literature major.
Anyway, I really enjoyed seeing the world through Eli's eyes. The formal tone reminded me of the movie version of True Grit. Whenever someone invents time travel, I'd be interested to see if people in the Wild West really talked like that. Seeing Eli's growth, told with a strangely comic voice, was very entertaining.