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Lonesome Dove: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 10, 2000
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If you only read one western novel in your life, read "Lonesome Dove."
"USA Today"If you only read one western novel in your life, read "Lonesome Dove."
"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"
"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"
"If you read only one western novel in your life, read "Lonesome Dove"."--"USA Today"
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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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A great read still after all these years. Forget the TV series, read the book.Published 18 hours ago by ken lauber
One the quintessential Texas novels that everyone should read about life in Texas before the railroads and barbwire changed the plains forever. Read morePublished 4 days ago by John G. Griffin
One of the best books I have read out of hundreds. Gotta be in my top ten. I cast it in my mind before the movie version was made, and I got two of the main characters right. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ben