Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2010
Edition: 25th anniversary ed., Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781439195260
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 858 pages ;,21 cm


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Feb 21, 2018

A novel of epic splendor: I was enthralled from beginning g to end: the landscape, the characters, the women, Indian presence: a time lost brought to life: I intend to reread this book next year, same time in order to focus more completely on the characters, their relationships, how the landscape affected them individually:
I read this many years ago, this current reading was focused on plot, what came next: so looking forward to digging deeper into all aspects of this brilliant novel

Oct 23, 2017

This absolutely ne of my favorite novels. I love the entire series.

colgeo Jun 30, 2017

One of my all time favorite novels! Love Augustus and Woodrow.

May 01, 2017

To quote another reader's review, don't be intimidated by the size of this book! Once I saw how thick it was when I went to pick it up from the hold shelf, I almost didn't check it out. That would have been a huge mistake.

I have never felt more rewarded by finishing a book, and not only due to its size. This book was utterly addictive - I would wake up thinking about what I read the night before, craving my next chance to read it. When a day went by where I didn't get to read any of the book, I was literally sad!

I never would think a young female like myself could enjoy an 800+ page western novel - I WAS WRONG! It was rewarding to finish this book because it had some of the strongest character development I have ever read. I feel like I personally know each and every character in the book. The writing style is simple enough to make it an addictive read, but detailed enough to really give a sense of each individual character. Which is important, because Lonesome Dove has a pretty sizable list of characters!

In short, Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a classic and a story I will never forget!

Apr 07, 2017

Loved it.

Jan 02, 2016

What an addictive read.
The genius development of characters left me craving more.
I hate that its over.
Wow! What a book!
What brilliant pacing.
You are in for a treat with this book

Jul 28, 2015

"It's funny leaving a place, ain't it?" he said. "You never do know when you'll get back."
Larry McMurtry's sprawling, big-hearted, long-winded, Pulitzer-winning western novel. While the western is one of the most significant American genres, there are few great western novels, as it attracted a lot of pulp writers and few "serious" writers. Texan McMurtry, who also wrote "Terms of Endearment" and "The Last Picture Show," incorporates elements of classic westerns, while updating them for a contemporary audience. You can't fault his vision or ambition, but you can fault the length (945 in my edition) and slowness of the book. Really, it's a bromance between the two cowboys, Gus and Call. It's a major American novel, but you're in for a long haul. Made into an acclaimed mini-series with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Followed by "Streets of Laredo."

JCLHebahA Jul 22, 2015

Colorful characters populate this gritty, intense western. It's a long read, but a rewarding one so long as a lack of character shields isn't a deal-breaker; life in the West was tough, and McMurtry doesn't shy away from conveying that.

Jul 29, 2014

Don't let the the size of the book hold you back! I enjoyed this book cover to cover. It is well written and vivid, but not overdone or a challenge to read.

Jun 13, 2014

There has never been a book I have enjoyed more than this one. I read many many books, but this is the only one I would read twice.

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