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Telegraph Days: A Novel Paperback – June 17, 2008
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The fictitious supporting characters in the book were interesting and the best part of the book. They were actually more interesting than the narrator. The famous supporting cast included Wild Bill Hickcock and Buffalo Bill, with a cameo by Billy the Kid. They seemed contrived. It was the unknown fictitious characters that gave any genuine western flavor to the book.
There was some good humor and spoofing of the old western novels, but all in all, the plot lacked depth and at times approached tedium. Although the book was not awful, there was little to recommend it. Nellie has an interesting life, but it did not seem the author was that invested in it. Therefore neither is the reader.
A quick light read, but nothing great.
Highly recommended because it's funny and still gives a good feel for the Old West.
Actually, I listened to the unabridged audio edition narrated by Annie Potts. She was truly splendid in the role of the brassy heroine.
However, if you desire a decidedly fictional account of the events of the west and a wonderful heroine, Nellie Courtwright, then you should find Telegraph Days a joy to read. Pure entertainment!
I listened to the audiobook read by Annie Potts - she was a perfect choice for the voice of Nellie.
Nellie is a self-sufficient, unique and assertive women who captializes on her brothers feat by writing a pamphlet describing the event and selling it for 25 cents a copy. This is the beginning of an adventure that takes the reader from the dusty streets of the Oklahoma panhandle in the mid 1870's to the early days of Hollywood.
Nellie is an amorous gal but lacks a discriminating eye when it comes to the opposite sex. She finds herself attracted to any number of gents, some of whom are legends of the untamed old west. McMurtry manages to deftly weave actual historical figures like George Custer, Bill Hickock, Billy the Kid, Virgil Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Jesse James into the various threads of Nellies life as she pursues fame and fortune in various careers ranging from telegraph operator to secretary/manager for Buffalo Bills Nebraska holdings to storyteller/author and finally to Hollywood screenwriter.
Larry McMurtry obviously loves the character and flavor of the old west and is able to realistically convey it's sights, sounds and smells. He seems to be particularly fascinated by its women. In this book, as in Buffalo Girls, his female characters are rarely run of the mill. Instead he chooses to portray them as "a hardy breed of survivors - - strong, organized, in control and rarely repentent. This latest heroine, Nellie Courtright, a "ladylike" pipe smoker could easily be the poster child for a group called "The Society of Willful Western Women".
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As a big fan of Larry McMurtry, I was not disappointed with Telegraph Days. It is no Lonesome Dove, but a typical McMurtry tale of the west told with humor and great character... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lou Lincoln
Very little action throughout. Not what I was hoping for. Book generally describes the life of a young women in the west and
the variety of characters she meets.
Clearly a Larry mcmurty novel. Some laugh out loud moments. Touching moments. Interesting quirky characters. Not his very best. ... but s good book and a pleasure to readPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer