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Moving On: A Novel Paperback – June 4, 1999
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Los Angeles Times McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages...He presents human drama with a sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in a way that most novelists can't.
The Boston Globe There aren't many writers around who are as much fun to read as McMurtry. He is precise and lyrical, ironic and sad.
Saturday Review A Texas-sized book...Mr. McMurtry is blessed with an absolutely solid sense of place. His backgrounds and scenic descriptions are inherent parts of his story, contributing as much to the novel as does the completely natural dialogue.
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There's more than a bit of Henry Miller in much of the novel, as characters attempt to match up their levels of sexual passion, often finding that they are rarely feeling the same thing for each other at the same time. Seduction is often unsuccessful or unsatisfying, a rendezvous full of romantic promise may turn into an argument leaving both parties exhausted. A pass made after several drinks at a party or over a milk shake at a soda fountain may elicit an exchange of bitterness and barbed recriminations. A married couple talks openly of their infidelities. A wife accuses her husband of being neglectful, while she routinely meets a colleague of his for sex.
For readers who like action and narrative development, this book will seem very slow going. For some, the many shifts of mood and ironies of thwarted intentions will make the story seem flat and the central characters unfocused. By contrast, the marginal characters, especially an old widowed rancher, a rodeo clown and his young barrel-racer girlfriend, and a teenage bronc rider spring from the page fully realized.Read more ›
Yet something funny happens as you keep reading. It's not just that McMurtry has an eye and an ear for his characters--some of them eccentrics, some of them ordinary people, and many of them both at the same time--or for the places he puts them in. It's that one has a sense, more than just about any novel from its time, that one is reading about real people with real problems, not characters in an an artificial world created for aesthetic purposes. The story bursts out in all directions because the people are too true, and too interesting, to let go of. Patsy can seem incredibly frustrating. Whatever her husband does, whether he ignores her or adores her, is wrong and alienating to her. It takes her forever to realize what would be obvious from the start to an outsider: they simply shouldn't be married or have gotten married in the first place. She's the central embodiment of the struggle nearly everyone in the novel faces, some with success, some not, trying to make a life work that is essentially unworkable and unsatisfying.
There are so many great characters here, fascinating, funny people most of whom you love, some you don't. There's Pete the rodeo clown and Boots his young wife, the barrel chaser. There Sonny Shanks the cruel alpha-male rodeo star and Eleanor Guthrie, the owner of a large cattle ranch, whom he hurts, uses and probably loves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a dedicated longstanding fan of scores of his books, but this was most disappointing. It seemed to ramble on endlessly, but I painfully got through it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob Jeans
Good reading! I was sorry to reach the end of the book. At times I felt like I was reading Updike's Rabbit series -- the tone, characters, and time period are similar.Published 4 months ago by Bob
the characters of this book is like the people around me: full of life, love, tragedy, and loss. THe last one really reflects me and what I experience now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kim Dittmer
Best novel of Larry McMurtry and possibly best novel of all time....I cannot remember reading a novel with such vivid characterizations. Not to be missed.Published 7 months ago by Chooey
It's a pity the lead character is such a selfish bitch as this could have been a much better book. Her endless crying and selfishness overshadows good writing and McMurtrys... Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Campbell
This novel was a case history in class. A young McMurtry on his way up. Patsy, the main character was sometimes a bit weepy but definitely her own person.. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Debbie Aycock Williams
I am usually a big fan of Larry McMurtry, but this one just drug on. I did not finish.Published 13 months ago by Martin Cunningham
This book is a giant let down. Do not read it unless you want to be bored to tears. Not the normal quality of the author.Published 14 months ago by Ken Hendrickson