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- Publisher: Audioworks; Cssts edition (October 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671869981
- ISBN-13: 978-0671869984
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.2 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,965,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
The sequel to McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Woodrow Call is 20 years older than he was when he buried Gus at the end of Lonesome Dove (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93); too old, perhaps, to track down a brilliant young Mexican bandit who has been terrorizing most of the Texas frontier. With two untrained deputies, plus his aging old corporal, Pea-Eye, Call leads a chase that scatters bodies all along the border. This sequel to Lonesome Dove could easily have been a typical action-packed Western; instead, it is distinguished by two unusual female characters--Lorena from Lonesome Dove and a strong Mexican woman named Maria--who fight for respect and decency in the face of unrelieved chauvinism and violence so typical of the West at that time. Daniel von Bargen recounts it all in a superb dramatic narration, one that does full justice to his reputation as an accomplished stage and film actor. As a welcome bonus the publishers have appended information about all the technical staff responsible for the production. Less welcome, though, is the lightweight packaging that will not survive many circulations in a busy library.
- Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The story focuses on Woodrow Call and Pea Eye Parker and their pursuit of a young, deadly train robber named Joey Garza. Although Gus dies in the previous book, he still lives on in the memories of those who loved him, and there are numerous flashbacks to scenes involving Gus. Many of the scenes are familiar stories from previous books, but there are a few new ones. I believe McMurty resorted to this technique to keep the story moving and because Gus was so central to the success of the series.
This book really brings Call's life story to completion. He progressed from a green Texas Ranger in "Dead Man's Walk" to the hardened man we saw in "Lonesome Dove". Now we witness the decline of his career and skills, which is a bit hard to read at times because the hero cannot do the things he once did with ease. At the same time, we also witness a new side of Pea Parker -- that of a husband and father.
McMurty's vison of the "Old West" is a hard place filled with danger and tragedy; however, there are often a few moments of happiness along the way. The main characters in this series -- Gus, Call, Clara, Lorena, Pea Eye, etc. -- all seem to find something here on this Earth despite the hardships, and I think that is a good lesson for us all.
Of the series - this may have been my favorite after Lonesome Dove. Without Gus Mcrae to keep things lively - it just feels heavier. Gotta love the strong women characters in this book. They may have been missing in previous books.
I do think that McMurtry is in love with the stereotypes of hookers with a heart of gold and/or smart hookers leaving their "careers" and becoming heroic and put on pedestals.