Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

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The Pulitzer Prize­-winning American classic of the American West that follows two aging Texas Rangers embarking on one last adventure. An epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1985.
ISBN: 9781439195260
1439195269
Branch Call Number: FICTION McMurtry Larry
Characteristics: 843 p. ;,24 cm.

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The modern standard for the trail drive novel, this epic western follows a cattle drive from Lonesome Dove, TX as they attempt to establish a ranch in Montana. Richly detailed and complex connections of characters bring this story to life.

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JCLCharlesH Apr 20, 2020

This sweeping story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana deserves all of its praise as a must read western. The characters are fully realized and the complex web of interactions is at times joyful, and others filled with sorrow. It's long, but if you give it the time it demands, the book will ... Read More »

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JCLKariE Jan 04, 2019

This classic Western masterpiece depicts life on a cattle drive from Texas to Montana.

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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.


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jovi3jean9
Mar 09, 2021

No. 2 in my lifetime top 10. And the mini-series was superbly cast. Not to be missed.

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Inner_Typewriter
Jan 15, 2021

I read Lonesome Dove the first time in 1985. I read it the second time 35 years later. The novel is truly one of the great contemporary masterpieces of the twentieth century. Highly recommended. I loved it.

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ValerieStefanie
Oct 19, 2020

I am sorry that so few copies are available! I am working through the recommended sequence of this 4-book series:

Dead Man's Walk (477 pp)
Comanche Moon (750 pp)

and am anxious to get "Lonesome Dove" before proceeding to

Streets of Laredo (588 pp)!

I am reading these books in conjunction with "Empire of the Summer Moon", which nicely confirms some of the characters McMurtry introduces -- like Buffalo Hump (whose name is really not a reference to his hunchback!) I am an immigrant from Europe and love this introduction to Texas history and lore. Fascinating!

JCLCharlesH Apr 20, 2020

This sweeping story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana deserves all of its praise as a must read western. The characters are fully realized and the complex web of interactions is at times joyful, and others filled with sorrow. It's long, but if you give it the time it demands, the book will grab you.

CircMary Apr 08, 2020

An epic novel of the American West not to be missed. The friendship of Gus and Cal that underlies the story of an ill-fated cattle drive from Texas to Montana is unforgettable.

CoronadoLibraryStaff Jan 16, 2020

Same guy that wrote Terms of Endearment!

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

This book was a slow burn for me. I didn’t love it at first, but somewhere in the middle I started to. I would caution readers, however, that this is essentially the Western equivalent of Game of Thrones. If you cannot stomach violence, abuse, and sudden death, this is not the book for you. It felt like every time I would grow a deep attachment to a character, they would die in some horrific way. What I really enjoyed about this book though is how well the author interconnected all the characters at some point in the novel. His writing had a very satirical tone, and he really brings to light the fickleness and folly of human nature. Everyone is driven by something, and in such a gritty world, many are driven by basic human need – food, water, sex, and companionship. Some characters have more complex motivators, but in the end, you are left with a sense that their efforts were all for naught. It is frustrating and fascinating at the same time.

I found the ending of this book to be a bit perplexing. I was satisfied by the ending in one sense, but I tend to like books that have a definitive end. This book seemed to cut off in the middle of a conversation between two characters. It was an interesting choice, and I wonder why the author chose to end it in this way. Nevertheless, it is easy for me to see why this book is revered as a classic and considered a cornerstone of the genre.

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roystreet
May 26, 2019

A delight to read; beautifully captures the time and place: ; full of action, pathos, and humor; every character is presented with interest and sympathy.

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jacosis
Mar 14, 2019

Truly absorbed in the epic reading.

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

This is an epic of frontier life. It took me 100 pages to fall in love with its unforgettable characters and follow them on their journeys for 800 more pages!
It is a classic in the western genre but for any reader of historical fiction.
A stunning achievement.

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