Lonesome Dove
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Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry
Literature
Aug 11, 2018
Men of action require a field to work, and few fields have proven as fertile in this regard—in life and in the imagination—as the American West. Larry McMurtry’s 1985 epic, Lonesome Dove, may be its richest literary harvest. Set in the late 1870s, it tells the story of a cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana, led by two former Texas Rangers, Augustus (Gus) McCrae and Woodrow F. Call, who have been friends for three decades. Along the way, McMurtry enlists all the familiar elements of Western lore: a hero capable and wise, yet easygoing (Gus), and another stoic, reticent, and duty-driven (Call); a whore with a heart, if not of gold, then glittering with allure; rogues disguised as friends; hostile Indians and bands of renegades; sheriffs in relentless pursuit and women both passionate and profoundly pragmatic; and a young cowboy who will inherit the dusty dreams of his elders. For all its cowboy grit and glory, Lonesome Dove is more than just a celebration of the Western ethos.
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Mar 27, 2019
Hands down, this is the best western novel I've ever read.
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Jan 15, 2020
One of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
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Jan 15, 2020
Has anyone read the book "Streets of Laredo" which seems to be the sequence of Lonesome Dove? Or the prequel "Comanche Moon"?
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