Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, 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
Branch Call Number: FICTION McMurtry Larry 1985
Characteristics: 843 p. ;,24 cm.


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JCLKariE Jan 04, 2019

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

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.

Epic, sweeping, and a stone cold classic, McMurty's novel is a love letter to the American West but also a ripping yarn in and of itself, travelling with a large cast of characters on an extended cattle drive from Lonesome Dove, Texas, to Montana. Their loves, dreams, jealousies, scams, and honor... Read More »

Former Texas Rangers leave their unsuccessful cattle business when they hear of good opportunities in newly opened territory.

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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.

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.

Mar 14, 2019

Truly absorbed in the epic reading.

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.

Dec 22, 2018

Read in private when time allows

Oct 11, 2018

I decided to read this book because it's considered one of the best American novels and actress Diane Lane, whom I greatly respect, recommended it on the PBS Great American Read (she portrayed Lorie in the TV dramatization). Since I had never read a western, I thought it was time I did and gave it a try, even though it's very long. I absolutely loved the TV drama which I saw 20 years ago. Author Larry McMurtry is a fine writer and tells this tale in rich details You meet many interesting people. I looked forward to reading it every night before I went to bed. I love the character Augustus McCrae --- who wouldn't? He is one of the best characters ever in a book, now one of my favorite. Some of the things he said made me laugh out loud. If you like adventure, this books is for you. It is indeed gritty. The violence and hardships made me cringe. This book is not for the faint of heart. What really intrigued me were the female characters: Lorie, Clara and Elmira who play very important roles in this story. It wasn't the best book I ever read but I really like it. It did not, however, knock my socks off as I had expected. The TV show did. Nonetheless it's worth the time and effort. It is a great escape and will take you on one hell of a ride.

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!

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