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Lonesome Dove: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 2010
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“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once you start reading Lonesome Dove you don't want it to end. Every night I wanted the story to go on and tell of the lives of all the characters. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Stumbleweeds
Bought from used vendor and didn't get the copy shown abvove, I received a cheap mass market paperback copy.
None the less, the novel is a CLASSIC. Read more
Wow, what an unexpected joy to read. I went in knowing nothing about the popularity, the miniseries, or anything else about the book or series. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Patrick S.
If there is a better "western novel" than Lonesome Dove I've never read it or heard of it. It has been more than ten yrs since I've read this book and I have read it... Read morePublished 7 days ago by BrokenArrow
This book was great. It starts a bit slow for the first 50 pages as it romanticizes the old west, and builds the atmosphere. But then for the rest of the book it's just fantastic. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've pondered the review I was going to write (if I was even going to write one) - so here goes. The writing is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Randi A Samuelson-Brown
One of the best written novels I have ever read. I was so engrossed in the story I could hardly put it down!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have watched the mini series & it has always been a favorite. The book far exceeded any of my expectations. Thank you Mr McMurtr.Published 13 days ago by John Weicht