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Larry McMurtry, in books like The Last Picture Show, has depicted the modern degeneration of the myth of the American West. The subject of Lonesome Dove, cowboys herding cattle on a great trail-drive, seems like the very stuff of that cliched myth, but McMurtry bravely tackles the task of creating meaningful literature out of it. At first the novel seems the kind of anti-mythic, anti-heroic story one might expect: the main protagonists are a drunken and inarticulate pair of former Texas Rangers turned horse rustlers. Yet when the trail begins, the story picks up an energy and a drive that makes heroes of these men. Their mission may be historically insignificant, or pointless--McMurtry is smart enough to address both possibilities--but there is an undoubted valor in their lives. The result is a historically aware, intelligent, romantic novel of the mythic west that won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“If you read only one western novel in your life, read Lonesome Dove.”—USA Today
“Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true . . . These are real people, and they are still larger than life.”—Nicholas Lemann, The New York Times Book Review
“Lonesome Dove is Larry McMurtry’s loftiest novel."—Los Angeles Times
"A marvelous novel . . . moves with joyous energy . . . amply imagined and crisply, lovingly written. I haven't enjoyed a book more this year . . . a joyous epic."--Newsweek
"The finest novel that McMurtry has yet accomplished . . . Lonesome Dove has all the action anyone could possibly imagine . . . [and] both in general and in details, the authority of exact authenticity . . . superb."--Chicago Tribune
This is one of the finest reads I have ever experienced. Great characters, thrilling episodes of action and truly great language.Published 5 days ago by Benjamin
Larry McMurtry, I think, does not understand what he achieved in Lonesome Dove. He set out to deconstruct our myths about the west and the heroes of our imagination. Read morePublished 6 days ago by William P. Mchale
This is going to be an unpopular take as I found this book a real bummer! How it ever won a Pulitzer…well this says more about he Pulitzer than the book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by El Paso
GREAT. AFTER WATCHING YHE SERIES SEVERAL TIMES, IT WAS FUN TO COMPARE.Published 9 days ago by LARRY C. BOWLES
This is the best western novel I have ever read. Just like its original TV Miniseries with Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones being the best western movie I have ever seen.Published 11 days ago by jupina
This is a worthwhile book to read. The characters are likeable and we'll thought out. I had watched the tv movie many times but the book puts you in touch with the characters... Read morePublished 15 days ago by JWC