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Streets of Laredo Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671537466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671537463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The sequel to McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Woodrow Call is 20 years older than he was when he buried Gus at the end of Lonesome Dove (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93); too old, perhaps, to track down a brilliant young Mexican bandit who has been terrorizing most of the Texas frontier. With two untrained deputies, plus his aging old corporal, Pea-Eye, Call leads a chase that scatters bodies all along the border. This sequel to Lonesome Dove could easily have been a typical action-packed Western; instead, it is distinguished by two unusual female characters--Lorena from Lonesome Dove and a strong Mexican woman named Maria--who fight for respect and decency in the face of unrelieved chauvinism and violence so typical of the West at that time. Daniel von Bargen recounts it all in a superb dramatic narration, one that does full justice to his reputation as an accomplished stage and film actor. As a welcome bonus the publishers have appended information about all the technical staff responsible for the production. Less welcome, though, is the lightweight packaging that will not survive many circulations in a busy library.
- Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. His other works include two collections of essays, three memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, including the coauthorship of Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Academy Award. His most recent novel, When the Light Goes, is available from Simon & Schuster. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Customer Reviews

At the end, it's time to begin reading the series of books all over again!
Evelyn Horan
He doesn't want us to forget that "life isn't for sissies", but bad things happen to almost all his characters, even ones who /aren't/ sissies.
William Sommerwerck
Most of the main characters ultimately die a particularly useless and gruesome death, and the book never seems to arrive at a particular point.
Eugene C. Gausman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By vegasswinger@juno.com on December 19, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
McMurtry shows us that not all sequels leave you unsatisfied. "Streets of Laredo" is an excellent book that shows a hero in his old age. It is both bittersweet and thrilling at the same time. We see Woodrow Call in his post-Gus McCrae days, taking on a bandit many years his junior. We see Pea Eye Parker, an unexpected choice for the last great Hat Creek member to follow Call, fighting his impulse to go on one last job with the captain. We see fear and hatred and loneliness and loss, and each emotion is conveyed in McMurtry's masterful way.
McMurtry adds a special note of realism by using actual historical figures--John Wesley Hardin, often called the West's most prolific killer, Charlie Goodnight, one of the great cowboys, and Judge Roy Bean, the hanging judge, the Law West of the Pecos. He weaves these people with his fictional characters like Pea, the Captain, and Ned Brookshire to make a very effective and entrancing novel.
"Streets of Laredo" is at times violent, amusing, depressing, and at all times interesting. A fine novel, and worthy of its predecessor, "Lonesome Dove." You can't go wrong with this one.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Farber on April 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must say I enjoyed reading Streets of Laredo. I recently read Lonesome Dove (one of my favorites) and was hoping for a repeat performance. I suppose with a book as outstanding as LD, a repeat is a tall drink to get down. But here I am, doing what every other reviewer on this list is doing: comparing the book to LD. If you do that then everyone will consider it a disappointment....LD was a masterpiece. I wish people wouldnt strike it for not being the same book as LD was. If I had never read LD before I would rate this a 4 star. I bet that most of the ratings given by others would be a bit higher if they had never read LD. The book blends fictional characters and real life westerners. Violence is widespread but in that era, that was the case. I especially love the way McMurtry weaves the stories of of the different characters together.
My big criticism is there is no good understanding of the root of Joey Garza's evil. Also the possiblity of Lorena marrying Pea Eye seems so remote, further description of her feelings towards him are needed to make it more believable.
Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a western. For those of you who have not read McMurtry yet, start with Lonesome Dove. That is the best.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
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Like many other readers, I absolutely loved Lonesome Dove, which was the first novel I read after two years of only non-fiction. Lonesome Dove reminded me of what I was missing and I looked forward to Streets of Laredo.
I suffered a big disappointment. I am not so naive as to expect a sequel to be EXACTLY the same as the original (or maybe I was), but while Lonesome Dove was joyously written, Streets of Laredo seems angrily written.
McMurtry is a good writer and Lonesome Dove is surely his masterpiece. There is a reason that book is a beloved modern classic and Streets of Laredo is not.
The first book was anchored on the charisma of a truly memorable character, Gus McCrae, and his relationship with the reserved Captain Call. Their quest is the story, but the characters, and their friendship, drive the book.
There is none of that richness here, and I think McMurtry feels a little lost and angry without it. The book is filled with nearly pointless violence that seems designed to simply show that there is cruelty out there. Over and over, we are subjected to ugly scenes like the old Indian woman's trampling death, the attempted burning of the children, Joey's mutilation and murder of one of his mother's husbands. The list goes on and on.
Lonesome Dove had its share of violence, too, but it served to bring home the danger and ruthlessness of the West, casting into relief the bravery and heroism of the characters in the novel.
Here the west seems merely ugly and mean, an evil and frightening place. That is but one half of the vision McMurtry projected in Lonesome Dove, and it makes this book about half as good, which is to say just average.
I think McMurtry should have used his prodigious talents on new characters with new conflicts, instead of trying to force something out of the remnants of a group whose stories have already been marvelously told.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
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I fell in love with Gus, Lorena, Call, and the other characters in Lonesome Dove, and was anxious to read what happened to them, particularly Call and Newt. Streets Of Laredo, the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, did not satisfy. In all great books, characters have deep motivation for the things they do, even if the reader doesn't agree. The writer's responsibility is to make the reader understand why they do these things. In Streets Of Laredo, McMurtry doesn't provide that. The poetry of the language and the complexity of the relationships between characters in Lonesome Dove are not followed through here. It's as if a completely different writer wrote it. in this so-called sequel The author had characters doing things out of character, like Lorena marrying Pea-eye. What was the attraction? Why would a smart beautiful woman want a homely man who can barely put a sentence together? If McMurtry had given me more of these people than mere description, I would have found it plausible. But I never understood the attraction. The dialogue between these people is about as interesting as waiting for wallpaper to dry. "Show don't tell" is one of the rules of good writing. Lonesome Dove showed me the west, in its glory and rage. Streets of Laredo story does little showing, in fact parts of it read like notes a writer makes to himself as he writes, scenes that he or she plans to flesh out later. McMurtry also missed an opportunity to honor he relation ship between Call and Newt. He could have built the entire sequel around the dynamic between father and son. Instead the author kills off Newt so we never get to explore what could have been. Also, Call comes off as a whiny, cowardly simp when faced with death. The call I knew in Lonesome Dove was a stoic and brave. As great as Lonesome Dove was, this book was just awful.
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