All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
Danny Deck is on the verge of success as an author when he flees Houston and hurtles unexpectedly into the hearts of three women: a girlfriend who makes him happy but who won't stay,...more
Believe it or not but my tolerance for books about young men who are so desperately swamped by ennui, alienation and genius that they have no choice but to love up all the lovely ladies is extrodinarily low.
No really I kid you not. Yet for some reason this particular case of this dubious breed remains one of my favorite novels.
It's Larry McMurty's genius (yes I did say genius and I'll fight anyone who says different) for drawing character and p ...more
In this book, Danny Deck (23 ish, graduate student and newly published w ...more
1. The main character is an English major at Rice and there is a lot of lovely, loving description about Houston, its swampiness, its smell. Nothing like seeing your hometown and your home state treated with so much tenderness. I always hear that McMurtry is calling into question the mythology around Texas with his novels but I think he does that more with his flawed characters than he does with the land itself. I want to wade the Rio Grande at night more than anyth ...more
Honestly, my love for Larry McMurtry just continues to grow. Our library genre study is finally on to ...more
I highly recommend all of McMurtry's books that I have read. The author's ability to create characters that are likeable even if they ar ...more
I will do a final review when I finish the book.
8/25/2012 - Finished the book yesterday and yes, it does portra ...more
This is a recurrent theme. His characters are always sexual hedonists but they still display a moralistic tone towards the other characters. McMurtry is able to portray sex in many ways - tender, ridiculous, tawdry, shallow, fleeting ...more
Half way through the book, I started to feel like I was just in the backseat of McMurtry’s protagonist’s El Chevy, being thrown this way and that around the Southwest; rambling along into different worlds with not a lot of direction from Danny or the book. I think I even started ment ...more
One could naturally read "All My Friends" right after finishing "Moving On." They have similar qualities (episodic bed-hopping, people in their early to mid-20s with connections to academia trying to figure out their lives), as well as a setting (Houston, part ...more
I've never been a big Larry McMurtry fan but I thought I'd give this one a try. Six chapters in and I'm still waiting for a plot to emerge from this mess of quirky and annoying characters.
Among many other accolades he was the co-winner of an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006.
Larry McMurty was born in Wichita Falls Texas in 1936. His first published book Horseman, Pass By was ...more