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Lonesome Dove


Lonesome Dove

"When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake --- not a very big one. It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs. They were having a fine tug-of-war with it, and its rattling days were over. The sow had it by the neck, and the shoat had the tail."

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is for lovers of Westerns and also for readers of contemporary fiction who believe they could never really enjoy a Western. Who, after all, could resist a tale that begins with pigs eating a rattlesnake?

With LONESOME DOVE --- the sprawling saga which spawned an excellent television miniseries, two prequels, and a sequel --- Larry McMurtry proves that a true storyteller is not bound by genre, geography, or time period.

This is the unforgettable story of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, two former Texas Rangers who are now partners in the Hat Creek Cattle Company and Livery Emporium near Lonesome Dove, Texas. Their quiet days of semi-retirement are over when they're enlisted to drive a massive herd of cattle from Texas to Montana; their adventure is just beginning.

Larry McMurtry is a rare writer in that he paints the American West as it really was --- dirty, unruly, untamed, cruel, life threatening, and sometimes mind-numbingly bleak --- without losing his sense of the absurd. In LONESOME DOVE he manages to tell a love story without romanticizing and presents us with the gift of an adventure story that is epic in scale without being so overwhelming that it strains credulity.

Lorena, the whore whom Gus loves; Clara, the love of his life who now lives with her family in lonely Montana; Elmira, the runaway wife of July Johnson, Arkansas sheriff and small-time hero; Newt, the young son of a whore who once loved Call; Bolivar, erstwhile bandit and argumentative cook; Pea Eye and Deets, eccentric partners at the Hat Creek Cattle Company...these are just a few of the seemingly endless cast of characters to be found in LONESOME DOVE. Unique, heroic, larger than life and perfect in the quirky details, all these characters will resound in your memory long after you've reluctantly closed this 900-plus page delight.

Reviewed by Jami Edwards on January 22, 2011

Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry

  • Publication Date: December 15, 1988
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket
  • ISBN-10: 067168390X
  • ISBN-13: 9780671683900