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Texasville (The Last Picture Show #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,325 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
With Texasville, Larry McMurtry returns to the unforgettable Texas town and characters of one of his best-loved books, The Last Picture Show. This is a Texas-sized story brimming with home truths of the heart, and men and women we recognize, believe in, and care about deeply. Set in the post-oil-boom 1980s, Texasville brings us up to date with Duane, who's got an adoring d ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 14th 1999 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1987)
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Texas Authors
13th out of 348 books — 154 voters
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15th out of 157 books — 88 voters

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Aug 10, 2015 Petra rated it liked it
This was quite different in tone than the first book of this series, The Last Picture Show. TLPS was a coming-of-age story about 3 teenagers trying to make sense of their worlds in a dusty town with no visible futures for them. There's a scurrying to find place and direction.
In Texasville, there's also a scurrying to find place and direction but from a middle-age position. The same three characters are again the center of the story but with the focus on one, Duanne. While TLPS is warm and touch
Dec 11, 2012 Troy rated it it was amazing
It's rare to find a book that really, truly, makes you laugh out loud. Many are humorous, and you think "That's pretty funny...clever". But Texasville will get you kicked out of church for cracking up. I should add that I've read it three times, and it's not short. I just go back to it every once in awhile because nothing can pull me out of a funk like this book.
Mar 03, 2015 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adults, lol, favorites
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May 11, 2013 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
The guy who told me to read this said I was in for quite a laugh. That proved to be true, at first; most characters are immediately likeable, and the crude and shameless use of foul language is a masterpiece. However, as I plunged deeper into Texasville, I became increasingly sad. This is a book that displays human nature, and the sadness of it. No matter if you are a bank president, an oilman, a housewife or just a total nobody, everyone is just as miserable as you are. I'd like to think that o ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jun 24, 2012 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was ok
Only if you really want to know what's become of Duane, Sonny and Jacy since Last Picture Show. I didn't care for it.
Mar 24, 2010 David rated it it was ok
I love Larry McMurtry and would recommend most of his books, but, I hate to say, he dropped the ball on this one. I enjoyed learning more about the characters first introduced in The Last Picture Show – the prequel to Texasville – but overall the story lacked any substance or excitement. I just couldn’t get into it, which is a shame because I find most of McMurtry’s stories to be highly entertaining. If you want to read something by LM, I suggest Lonesome Dove, Horseman Pass by, All My Friends a ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
The spin off/follow up to The Last Picture Show we witness Dwayne and all the characters of Thalia, Texas as in soap opera like fashion interact and manage not to kill themselves or each other. I just gulped this one down as it was the perfect antidote to a a lot of crap going on in my life. It's nothing deep or thought provoking just the myriad of situations and people who get themselves involved with: sexual indiscretion, drugs, infidelity and all aspects of small town life where everyone goes ...more
Nov 17, 2009 Mackay rated it did not like it
Turgid, slow, and irritating. I didn't believe any of the characters, especially the women. They were all so arbitrarily mean and mercurical, nasty to each other without cause, uniformly depressed and sex-obsessed. None of the continuing characters seemed at all like the very interesting people in The Last Picture Show, the first-class novel to which this is a "sequel."

I loved Larry McMurtry's books up to and through Lonesome Dove (one of the best American novels), but post's downhill al
Mark Leta
Kind of a slog to get through honestly.

Texasville picks up the story from The Last Picture Show some 30 yrs later. Inexplicably, the beautifully stark characters from Picture Show have evolved into campier versions of themselves in older age. The flat, desolate mid-Texas landscape is still there, but somehow has lost most of its foreboding bleakness that helped make Picture Show so powerful.

I don't quite get it. It's almost like McMurtry tried but couldn't get back into the same headspace that
Mar 03, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it
I'm quitting this book around page 300 and counting it as "read". About 200 pages into the book I started wondering what the plot was, because nothing had really happened and up to the point that I stopped reading, no action appeared to be building. There are about a thousand characters and really nothing to distinguish one from another. It wasn't horrible to read, but with so many other books out there I can't devote any more time to this one.
Nathan Marone
In Texasville, Larry McMurtry does a brilliant thing. He takes a novel that he'd written 20 years earlier, pulls some of it's characters out, reinvents them (an artistic license he is allowed, because they are all 30 years older than they were in The Last Picture Show), and instead of merely just extending the story of the previous work, he expands it out to the far reaches of small community experience.

The Last Picture Show charted a group of relatively bored teenagers as they plodded their wa
Dec 08, 2010 Renee rated it really liked it
I'm an absolute sucker for Larry McMurtry. This book once again proves that this man is a genius at character development. After reading Last Picture Show, who could imagine wanting to read a whole book from Duane's perspective? Well, this works, and Duane's pretty darn likable once you are in his head. And his wife Karen, wow!
Nov 28, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok
Mostly I felt that McMurtry was writing in a kind of stream of consciousness - there was a plot (but without much direction or necessarily a strong focus) but the book focused mostly on the main character Duane wondering what his wife and his high school sweetheart were discussing and whether or not they were trashing him. That really got old for me, especially in a book that was over 400 pages long. I would have stopped but this was book 2 of the 5 part Duane Moore series, and I liked book 1 (T ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
It would be interesting to read this book again. I read it in the 1980s, while still in my first marriage, and loved it. I was a different person then and it was a different time.
Jan 17, 2009 Craig rated it liked it
This is sequel to the great Last Picture Show. It was an ok read but not nearly up to first book. The whole dark tone of Last Picture Show is lost.
T.F. Pruden
Jan 11, 2016 T.F. Pruden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a second attempt at posting a Goodreads review of my favorite of Mr. McMurtry's numerous exceptional novels. The previous version was lost when attempting to edit it before clicking the clearly marked 'save' icon.

Here's hoping this one meets a better fate.

This is a rewarding novel by perhaps my favorite living writer. Like many I discovered Mr. McMurtry via his great classic of the American west 'Lonesome Dove', now also another of my favorites. I've since explored his catalog extensivel
Apr 16, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I just finished Texasville this week and have mixed feelings about it. This is Larry McMurtry's sequel to The Last Picture Show, and it takes place in the oil-glut 80s, with many of the characters from the 1950s story. Duane has become an oil millionaire but is going bankrupt, his wife Karla is a compulsive spender and their 4 good-looking children are hellions. Jacy comes back to Thalia from Italy, where she was a minor movie actress. Sonny is losing his marbles. It's a strange shift in tone fr ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it
Thirty years have passed since Duane Moore and Sonny Crawford graduated from high school in Thalia, Texas. The events of "The Last Picture Show" are a distant memory to everyone except Sonny, who continues to live in the past and occasionally gets lost there. Duane has married, gotten rich in the oil boom, raised a bunch of kids, built a 12,000-square-foot house outside of town, and is now $12 million in debt. The boom is over, and disappointment, the dominant mood of the characters in McMurtry' ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
I enjoyed following the perils of Duane's life. Since I read this series completely out of order, I had many questins as to how Duane had ended up with Karla and why his relationship with Sonny had more or less fizzled out. Duane, as a middle-aged man, felt more sorry for himself than for those around him. The characters in the book treated him mainly with disdain. I suppose I understand why they would but I still felt sorry for him. Additionally, his children were so wild! He never seemed to ta ...more
Feb 08, 2013 wally rated it liked it
only the 2nd from mcmurtry for me...the other The Desert Rose: A Novel i happened to open before heading out for a yearly vacation so the reading suffered...and...seems like i read (an)other story(ies) although i no longer have a copy if i did...possibly Lonesome Dove...and this matters to whom? to me, for whom i write here...if you happen to benefit all is well and all manner of things are well.

texasville, 1987, and glancing at a few reviews, this sounds like something i ou
In "Texasville," the sequel to "The Last Picture Show," the characters from the first story are now middle aged. The town of Thalia, Texas has gone from riches to poverty, following the growth of oil prices and the OPEC lowering of the prices.

Duane Moore is having a mid-life crisis. He thinks of his girlfriends and who to have sex with and doesn't pay any attention to his huge debts. Instead, he'd rather reminisce about his high school days when he was the school quarterback and the team experie
Dixie Diamond
Feb 04, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Texans
Recommended to Dixie Diamond by: Carl
Shelves: fiction, texas, 1980s
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Barbara Jackson
Jan 08, 2013 Barbara Jackson rated it it was amazing
This book is an antidote to depression. It has so much reality if one has ever lived in a small town where there is a shorthand in everyday discourse because you know everyone's history. In my own small town, I was amazed at what I learned about families, good and bad, some were victims some were perpetrators but it is all out there, deal with it. I have never had as much fun on a consistent basis as I do here. You develop a sense of humor and share it with friends. The characters from the "Last ...more
Beccy Fike
Jun 02, 2014 Beccy Fike rated it really liked it
I've read almost everything McMurtry has written; his books has seen me through some rough times as well as some great times. The women in his books are strong, and he seems to find humor and hope in the business of living: flawed people getting by, by getting by. My favorites of his books are those that seem the least noted, such as All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers, Cadillac Jack, Moving On, etc.
Cormac Zoso
Oct 10, 2015 Cormac Zoso rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mcmurty fans
Recommended to Cormac by: second in a series by author
the second in the texasville/duane series by Larry McMurtry this is not quite as good as th"The Last Picture Show" but it's close ... duane has become rich in the oil business and is going downhill now ... his family is as disfunctional as one can get and so is his life and affairs he has with most any desireable woman in the county ...

recommended reading in this fine series
Jul 14, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot

I had no idea what was coming next in this crazy little, sleepy, Texas town. I laughed hard at the maniac shifts in mood of all the main characters in the book. I've quoted lines for this book unaware of there origins and now,as I quote, I'll nod towards Texas, tip my invisible cap and thank Mr. McMurtry for sharing his wit.
Ken Wyne
Jan 12, 2016 Ken Wyne rated it did not like it
I could not read this book. It pains me, as I have really enjoyed all of his other books so far. But, this book was really difficult for me to stay on task reading. I'm hoping it was just me, but I set it down half way through and couldn't even finish it. I will try again eventually to see if it was just me.
Jul 17, 2013 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book in the "Last Picture Show" trilogy. This one is very funny and semi-tragic. This is not a book of plot. It is a continuing character study in the lives of a group of hedonists in Thalia, Texas. After the first book which takes place in the fifties while most of the characters are in high School, this book picks up in the eighties when they have nearly grown children, careers, various sordid relationships and some are now leaving Thalia and some are coming home. These ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: series, humor
As others have noted, this is not on the level of The Last Picture Show, but it is engaging enough and amusing enough in its character study of the inhabitants of small town Thalia, TX that I will want to finish out the trilogy to see what happens with all these larger than life characters.
Doyle Mills
Apr 23, 2014 Doyle Mills rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the last Picture Show but I saw the movie and enjoyed it. I read Texasville and loved it. I grew up in the western part of Texas and the characters are so real to what you see on a daily basis. Larry McMurtry nailed it with being able to take the reader there.
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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays.

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
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