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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove (original 1985; edition 1986)

by Larry McMurtry (Author)

Series: Lonesome Dove (1)

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Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.
Title:Lonesome Dove
Authors:Larry McMurtry (Author)
Info:Pocket Books (1986), 945 pages
Collections:Your library
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (1985)

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“If he wasn’t tilting the rope-bottomed chair, he was tilting the jug.”

Another evening in Lonesome Dove, dry, hot, and filled with rattle snakes and centipedes. The Hat Creek Livery Stable, with Call, Augustus, and the rest of the men, well, they just don’t rent pigs, though quite a few shoats roam about the place! Some of the men do chase on over to the sporting woman, a time or two! This book is set at a very deliberate pace, sort of slow and pressed down by the heat of it all. A little too slow, for my tastes. I liked the conflict of some of the men, the sort of 'the inner man with the outer man' conundrum. And I laughed when the horse thieves from the North run smack dab into horse thieves from the South, as each group looks to escape back into their home country! But, overall, I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen. Lot of waiting in these pages...

Just remember: Uva uvam viviendo varia fit ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Aug 6, 2020 |
One of my favorites - I've lost count of how many times I've read it. Fabulous characters. Great story.
If you're jumping in to this one - be advised until they get the cattle moving it's a bit slow - just hang in there.
I enjoyed the first bit much more the second time through the book because I was so familiar with the characters.

2017 - reread by listening to the audiobook. This is still one of my favorite reads. Westerns are not my genre of choice - but this one is a great character study of two old Texas Rangers and the people they work with and encounter on their 3000 mile cattle drive to Montana. If you only read one western - it should be this one. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
This is a long story, equal to three normal size books. If you are going to read it, be prepared for violence. It describes the life of cowboys, mostly during a cattle drive, where they are confronted by almost every calamity known to man.
It continually emphasizes the weaknesses of the cowboys and their frequent bouts of tears. A bunch of indecision makers concerned about what the others think of them. The women are the strong characters, nothing getting in the way of their goals.
The author has no remorse about the elimination of his characters, seldom dying in bed. ( )
  delta61 | Jul 30, 2020 |
I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed it tremendously. Great characters, good writing and an excellent reader. ( )
  gbelik | Jul 25, 2020 |
Arguably, this is the best book (series) I have read in a long time. It happened after I re-read Anna Karenina and the Dove stands at the same level of engagement of the reader, depth of dialogues and story narrated. I decided,after finishing the Dove and the first of the series Dead man's walk, to drive from Cleveland to N Texas and see in person where these adventures took place. Read them in order, or just read the Lonesome Dove. ( )
  Lapsus16 | Jul 9, 2020 |
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All of Mr. McMurtry's antimythic groundwork -his refusal to glorify the West - works to reinforce the strength of the traditionally mythic parts of ''Lonesome Dove,'' by making it far more credible than the old familiar horse operas. These are real people, and they are still larger than life. The aspects of cowboying that we have found stirring for so long are, inevitably, the aspects that are stirring when given full-dress treatment by a first-rate novelist. Toward the end, through a complicated series of plot twists, Mr. McMurtry tries to show how pathetically inadequate the frontier ethos is when confronted with any facet of life but the frontier; but by that time the reader's emotional response is it does not matter - these men drove cattle to Montana!

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All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream.
T.K. Whipple, Study Out the Land
For Maureen Orth,
In memory of
the nine McMurtry boys
"Once in the saddle they
Used to go dashing . . ."
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When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake—not a very big one.
Fictions - in my case, novels only, to the tune of about thirty - starts in tactile motion; pecking out a few sentences on a typewriter; sentences that might encourage me and perhaps a few potential readers to press on. (Preface)
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Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.

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