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This is the fourth and final volume in McMurtry's Berrybender Narratives (following By Sorrow's River), a frontier epic of lusty and bloody proportions, in which, fortunately, nearly everyone is killed off. Lord Berrybender, an arrogant and lecherous Englishman and his whining brood of daughters, their brats and servants have been arrested by Mexican authorities and are under house arrest in Santa Fe in the mid-1830s. Tensions between Mexicans and Americans run high as the dispute over Texas drifts toward war. When the Berrybender party is expelled from Santa Fe, the group is forced to march across the desert to Vera Cruz, escorted by inept Mexican soldiers. The grueling journey is filled with hardship and death as thirst, cholera and hostile Indians whittle the group by half. Meanwhile, Jim Snow, aka the Sin Killer, a famous mountain man, plans to rescue his white wife, Tasmin Berrybender, and her family somewhere along the desert route. Once the rescue is complete and the surviving Berrybenders are safely in Texas, Jim goes after the gang of slavers who murdered his son and his Indian wife (mountain men seem to have a lot of wives). Here McMurtry really shows why Jim is called the Sin Killer and why white men and Indians fear the mountain man who shrieks "the Word" and shows no mercy when he is riled up. Of the four books in the series, this is the bloodiest and most brutal, with rapes, torture, mutilation and death heaped upon the characters until grief and despair nearly consume them. Add the disaster at the Alamo and a passel of colorful Texas heroes to the enduring figures of mountain men Kit Carson and Tom Fitzpatrick, and this grisly frontier soap opera concludes with a bang.
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Take them for what they are, critics say of Folly and Glory and the rest of the Berrybender Narratives, and you might enjoy it. Judge it against Lonesome Dove, and you will inevitably be disappointed. Criticisms of the book include its meandering and thin plot, stereotypical characters, and indiscriminate violence. Still, critics agree that this volume is much better than the previous three, particularly with the matured character of Tasmin. It at least offers a sense of closure and a meditation on the nature of the American frontier. Beware: most reviewers agreed that if you read Folly and Glory separately from the rest of the series, you won’t fully understand the plot. It might be all or nothing of the Berrybender lot!
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Great story telling. The themes endure in an society and culture. Love, hubris, and needing to feel significant span all cultures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffery Jones
The story is meaningful in the way it captures the essence of our young nation. The good, the bad and the ugly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by austin w boyd
If this book has a cohesive plot, I haven't been able to figure out what it is. I've read many McMurtry books, including his autobiography, and enjoyed every one of them and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by VicP
McMurty has developed some mighty insights into understanding a woman's mind. Any male of any age in pursuit would benefit from reading the berrybender narratives books 1-4Published 3 months ago by Jay Jay
Larry McMurtry is one of the quirkiest writers I've ever come across. Is it possible to laugh and cry at the same time?Published 3 months ago by Vera June
Folly and Glory is the final book in Larry McMurtry’s four-book series known as “The Berrybender Narratives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sam Sattler
The other 3 books were the best and I really enjoyed them. The characters in this one were not so believable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tony Leonardi,Tony Leonardi
Have enjoyedall the McMurtry books I have read so farPublished 7 months ago by Robert B. Bonneville