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Rhino Ranch (edition 2009)

by Larry McMurtry

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Title:Rhino Ranch
Authors:Larry McMurtry
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
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Might this be McMurtry's last novel, as he hints in his memoir, "Literary Life"? I would be sad if it was, but every author reaches an end and this one isn't a bad one. I admit to being a sucker for his fiction. It's not always great, but I always find it enjoyable. This is the capstone to the Duane story that began in "The Last Picture Show." I thought the rhino piece was a little contrived at first, but I admit that they have continued to roam in my mind long after finishing the book, conjuring images of home and displacement and dignity and humor and...well done, Larry. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
good mcmurtry
  merlin58 | Jan 22, 2014 |
It's a pleasure to read this lean, humorous last chapter of the story of Duane Moore and Thalia, Texas. I really like McMurtry's writing. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
This is the fifth and final entry in McMurtry's "Thalia, Texas" series that begins with The Last Picture Show. When a billionairess decides to purchase a large tract of land outside Thalia and set up a game preserve to try to save an African Rhino species facing extinction, the locals of Thalia come face to face with the outside world in ways they don't necessarily appreciate. The novel is thoughtful and elegiac in tone, as characters we've come to care about face innumerable changes in the world they've known and bump up against their own mortality. McMurtry keeps things whimsical and fun, though. There is even a touch of magical realism. One drawback for me is that the storytelling is formatted into small little bite-sized chunks, many short chapters of only a page or two in length, so individual situations are rarely explored in depth. I found this distracting and sometimes frustrating, especially through the first third of the book. As things proceed, however, one begins to go more easily with the flow, and the layering of these incidents and insights provides a pleasing if not fully satisfying whole. ( )
1 vote rocketjk | Jan 20, 2013 |
To my sadness, I found that this is the concluding chapter of Duane Moore's story, which began with "The Last Picture Show" in 1966. This is a very meandering story, but it fits Duane Moore, probably in his late 60's and feeling at somewhat loose ends when his second wife, Annie, phones him from Europe to tell him she has fallen in love with a Frenchman and would appreciate letting the lawyers handle it peacefully. And Thalia, Texas is now the home to billionairess K.K. Slater's Rhino Ranch, an effort to save the endangered black rhinoceros. With this as a constant backdrop, Duane moseys into a medley of new relationships which cement his developing belief that he hasn't really learned very much about women, but that's okay because he certainly isn't alone there. As unlikely as some of the dalliances he has with significantly younger women may seem, it didn't really bother me because Duane comes off as such a congenially befuddled nice guy that I found myself rooting for him, and was saddened by the ten-year-later epilogue that abruptly concludes this saga. I've read a few of them (the later ones); now I feel compelled to go back and find the earlier books. ( )
  burnit99 | Jul 30, 2011 |
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I came to McMurtry’s latest novel about Duane, Rhino Ranch, more or less fresh, as if I were meeting him for the first time. And I liked the old guy. In fact, I liked Duane a lot. He and his friends in the fictional Texas town of Thalia made me laugh and nearly made me cry, and they made me think about life, which isn’t a bad trick for a retired oilman who feels increasingly insignificant and engages in a dubious coupling with a teenage porn star. For more on that, you’ll have to read the book.
 
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Returning home to recover from a near-fatal heart attack, Duane discovers that he has a new neighbor: the statuesque K. K. Slater, a quirky billionairess who's come to Thalia to open the Rhino Ranch, dedicated to the preservation of the endangered black rhinoceros. Despite their obvious differences, Duane can't help but find himself charmed by K.K.'s stubborn toughness and lively spirit, and the two embark on a flirtation that rapidly veers toward the sexual -- but the return of Honor Carmichael complicates Duane's romantic intentions considerably.… (more)

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