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Lonesome Dove: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 2010
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“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
About the Author
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
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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.
My only problem with this book and all American westerns is the negative light attributed to most Native American Indians during this period.
I highly recommend fans of the epic western also read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown who deftly tells a story we were never supposed to hear. It's tragic, it's the truth and we owe a debt to tell and retell the story of their lives and their typically beautiful culture, which the American government betrayed time and again.
Of course, the characters portrayed here are complex as all humans are -- I do not mean to purport that there were no sociopaths among the natives.
Despite that huge disparity, I am indebted to this author for taking me on the trip of a lifetime.
The book lives. The book shows life in action. The book is a work of great imagination and experience and a strong he wish to understand ourselves. I was surprised to like what I had thought was a "cowboy book," only to discover it's an emotional, intellectual, psychological tribute to the American push westward, to people who go through incredibly colorful and difficult times before they achieve their dreams. It's a great book.