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Lonesome Dove: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 2010
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“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
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1) Nothing you read afterwards, for years to come, will compare. Lonesome Dove will spoil you and diminish everything else you read, no matter how good it may be.
2) It really is not long enough even at it's sizable bulk. You will not want this to end. It starts slowly, but like the cattle drive it depicts, it builds momentum.
3) You will have a difficult time convincing anyone else to read this fine book. You'll hear several standard excuses, especially "I don't like Westerns" and "It's too long" (refer people who say this to my #2 warning above). I know few people who have ever read the book, but those of us who have share the same feelings. It's frustrating to read something so wonderful yet have so few people with whom to share it.
4) McMurtry's sequel and prequels are inferior.Read more ›
Even if you've never read a western book in your life, this is a literary masterpiece, the Shakespeare of the range, so to speak.
McMurtry uses the Western as a starting point, but there is a little of everything here. Surely there has never been another American Western with so many varied characters, both men and and women. McMurtry juggles many different points of view, but manages to give each of his characters a unique voice. Most remarkable of all, I think, are the women in the book, who manage to escape the usual stereotypes of madonna or whore, even though many of them are, quite literally, prostitutes.
Lonesome Dove is written in a deceptively simple, unpretentious style. I've just finished reading it for the second time. Despite its length it is really a fast read, since it is one of those books that demands to be taken with you where ever you go until you are done.
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I saw the mini series first, but found the book much more enjoyable. Part of the pleasure was having a face to put with the characters.Published 2 days ago by Fred Bartholomew
Spell binding story line. Author allows great empathy for his characters. Much action and suspense. When twinned with the movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duval the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just started this book so this is not my complete review. Everyone pretty much knows that this is the Pulitzer Prize Masterpiece from Larry McMurtry. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ditsy Mitzi
Never tire of the cast or the story. As a Texan, you know characters like them.Published 17 days ago by Mack Snider
I must admit that Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books.Published 22 days ago by Andrew S. Brown
If you want a good old western book this is perfect for anyone. I came to love each character in different ways. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Altos Reprographics Inc.
Well enough has been said about this book in other comments. So Just read it ..its Long but when it finishes one begs for more. Watch out ending will leave you sad...Published 1 month ago by Arun