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Terms of Endearment: A Novel Paperback – June 4, 1999
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- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0684853906
- ISBN-13 : 978-0684853901
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 4, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McMurtry is fine a writer no doubt about that. That's why I didn't give this book 1 star. Wow! Just. Wow. Besides Vernon and Patsy, two backgrounds characters, there's not a single one I like. Aurora is an absolutely horrible person in every single way. Emma is a dull cheater. Flap became even worse in the book due to not only being a cheater but also a pregnant wife beater. I know the book is set in the '60s when a woman may not have had many choices but Rosie stays with a cheating and abusive husband that tries to mow her down in a honky tonk. General Scott is a stalking, sex crazed geezer. He even threatens to punch Aurora. Who wouldn't want to? But still. The only two characters that were likeable were Vernon and Patsy. They're the only reason I continued to read. They seemed the most decent, especially Vernon. Their stories also seemed so much more interesting than Emma's lackluster marriage and boring, old life. Why did she even marry Flap?! Seriously, was she possessed by the devil on her wedding day? Who in their right mind would ever put up with Aurora Greenway? She's a selfish, mean spirited, critical, game playing, user, and all around pain. There's no way anyone in their right mind would want to spend a second on her. All in all, I have to say, the movie was so much better. In the movie, Aurora is a bit charming and not as cruel. The movie makes you feel sorry for Emma since she married such a scoundrel. Rosie on the big screen is beloved. Thank goodness General Scott doesn't pop up until the sequel and even then he's not too bad. The movie has an added character, the astronaut played by Jack Nicholson. Love him! Stick with the movie in this case and it pains me to say that.