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The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry

The Last Picture Show (edition 1985)

by Larry McMurtry (Author)

Series: Thalia, Texas (1)

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The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love.
Title:The Last Picture Show
Authors:Larry McMurtry (Author)
Info:Penguin (1985), Edition: Reprint Edition, 220 pages
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The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry

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    browner56: Although separated by half a century and half the country, Thalia, Texas and Empire Falls, Maine could be the same dreary and decaying small town.

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I think this is the first McMurty book I've read and I'm glad I did. While The Last Picture Show is fairly short (just 220 pages), McMurty deftly manages to give significant depth to more than half a dozen characters. Oddly, I think the characters he spent the most time with seemed the shallowest (both in development and in personal character). The story is a coming of age tale, a decline of western civilization tale and more. McMurty's writing is topnotch. I'm open to reading more of his work. ( )
  Sean191 | Mar 4, 2023 |
Having read "Texasville" and other books by Larry, reading this now brings a sensibility and back story to the characters. Duane, Jacy and others are used in many of his more current books so learning about them years previous sheds new light. A fan of the small town, quirky character genre I love his sense of humor and offbeat ideas though I have to admit Texaville was much funnier. But it's obvious why this was adapted to screen and why the film drew so much interest. ( )
  Jonathan5 | Feb 20, 2023 |
surprisingly sexy ( )
  hms_ | Nov 22, 2022 |
Originally published in 1971. Read too many years ago to remember much about this book, only that it was an easy light read....we were living in Port Hadlock, Washington. I had 3 young kids at the time. I needed easy reads to escape. ( )
  MissyIvey | Sep 17, 2022 |
My local library had a summer reading program. I didn't complete mine in time but that was fine because I found this great book. One of the challenges was to read a book that published the year you were born. This gem popped up.

It is a lovely coming of age story, that is just as current now as it was then. A story of growing up in a small town that changes, falls in love easily and hard, is lonely and heartbroken, has great characters and doesn't have a big message as it just lives. We have all been here, at some point of our lives, perhaps in a different setting, but we have all felt this way.

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  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
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"The Last Picture Show" is lovingly dedicated to my home town.
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Sometimes Sonny felt like he was the only human creature in the town.
Frank Crawford was not only the town's only drug addict, but he was the one with the best excuse: he had been high-school principal in Thalia, until his car wreck.
"Because life's too damn hard here," Lois said. "The land's got too much power over you. Being rich here is a good way to go insane. Everything's flat and empty and there's nothing to do but spend money."
The only really important thing I cam in to tell you was that life is very monotonous. Things happen the same way over and over again. I think it's more monotonous in this part of the country than it is in other places, but I don't really know that--it may be monotonous everywhere.
"Ruth had rather be sick than do anything. I could have bought a new deer rifle with what she's spent on pills just this last year, and I wish I had, by God. A good gun beats a woman any day."
One you got rich you'd have to spend all your time staying rich, and that's hard thankless work.
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