- Series: Lonesome Dove
- Paperback: 864 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Anv Upd edition (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439195269
- ISBN-13: 978-1439195260
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,430 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry McMurtry, in books like The Last Picture Show, has depicted the modern degeneration of the myth of the American West. The subject of Lonesome Dove, cowboys herding cattle on a great trail-drive, seems like the very stuff of that cliched myth, but McMurtry bravely tackles the task of creating meaningful literature out of it. At first the novel seems the kind of anti-mythic, anti-heroic story one might expect: the main protagonists are a drunken and inarticulate pair of former Texas Rangers turned horse rustlers. Yet when the trail begins, the story picks up an energy and a drive that makes heroes of these men. Their mission may be historically insignificant, or pointless--McMurtry is smart enough to address both possibilities--but there is an undoubted valor in their lives. The result is a historically aware, intelligent, romantic novel of the mythic west that won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“If you read only one western novel in your life, read Lonesome Dove.”—USA Today
“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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Books to me are friends. And Lonesome Dove is one of my oldest friends that I return to again and again. Along with Les Miserables, and Gates of Fire, just to give you an idea what I consider to be a fine novel worthy of the title "Old Friend". I highly recommend Lonesome Dove to you who have not read it. And for those that have already as well.
That said, this is a great Western saga, and may give the best portrayal of characters who lived during the post civil war era in Texas. I will re-read it, which means this is a great book. I highly recommend the audible version. Lee Horseley is superb.