- 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: 1,408 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,527 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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I was frustrated by the end of the story, which is the only aspect that I did not care for. I felt like another chapter was needed to bring a little more closure to this story as it felt incomplete at the end for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classic novels, especially westerns. I would also recommend this book to readers that enjoy complex characters that reveal themselves slowly through words and actions.
This novel is a wonderful read of simple folks, living in a simpler, but very hard times, in our country's history. The complexity of trying to understand these folks way of thinking ( and at times rather frustrating ) one must remember that our great, great, grand parents lived in a west - that was not gained or tamed. This is not only a Western story of its 1865's+ inhabitants, it is a story of that sprit which lives deep inside of everyone of us, who loves this country.
The most gratifying parts to me is how the author portrayed the environment, which was than.
There is some confusion to this Texas boy, where in the world Lonesome Dove could be located in south Texas. Knowing all of south Texas, it just din't jibe.
One must read 'Centennial' to have a better appreciation of Gus and Call's adventures to Yellowstone.
Sadly, I cannot give it a five star, which it deserves: because; there is no real conclusion. All 5 star novels satisfies when the last page turns.
Sorry for the broken paragraphs and horrible grammar, please don't 'poke' me for it. (read the story).
A decision that I do not regret. I just started the book so this review is not complete. However I felt compelled to start a review because I love the book. The writing is undescribable, at least to me. It is a work of art how the author moves seemlessly from one character to another so that you know what each is thinking.
I don't know all of the characters yet but with the exception of a few, they all are lovable in their own quirky way. I will say that although I just started the book, I can tell the Gus is going to be my favorite character. How do I know this? Ten pages into the book and he has me laughing out loud with his comments, loud & brash manner and his running commentary on everything from his best friend and partner Call to how snakes are smarter than horses.
You got to do yourself a favor and read this book if you have not done so. Also the dialogue is wonderful and does not lag so do not skip any portion because you will miss a gem or wisecrack from Gus the Commentator. I can't wait to get back to Gus and the gang. I will update my review once I am finished with the book or I might be too sad that such a wonderful book had to end.
This is one time when you will see that most Amazon reviewers are all on the same page. Refreshing.
I am reluctant to offer any criticism, lest I discourage a potential reader from enjoying the experience., so let me offer this thought as a "comment" which may help your reading. There are a lot of characters, some of whom appear and then leave the plot line, others of whom keep reappearing. I was occasionally reminded of the difficulties in reading a Russian novel, and, in retrospect, wished I had prepared a list of the characters which might have had made it easier to keep track of, and better understand the meaning of, their comings and goings. And the large cast in a story about a long cattle drive, from Texas to Montana, requires quite a few unlikely coincidences. But thees are well done, and apparent to the reader only in revisiting the story--as I read on, it all made lots of sense.
If I sound over-enthused, I will note that it did receive a Pulitzer Prize. Deservedly