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2.58 of 5 stars 2.58  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  105 reviews

In perhaps his finest contemporary novel since Terms of Endearment, Larry McMurtry, with his miraculously sure touch at creating instantly recognizable women characters and his equally miraculous sharp eye for the absurdities of everyday life in the modern West, writes about two women, old friends, who set off on an adventure -- with unpredictable and sometimes hilarious r
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 5th 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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K.D. Absolutely
My first book by the Pulitzer-winner Larry McMurtry and I thought I did not choose well.

I have a copy of his Lonesome Dove but it seems to be a book belonging in the genre that I am not sure I would enjoy reading: western. I used to enjoy watching western movies when I was younger but I am not sure I would like to read books about them now that I am older. You see, I used to love seeing those cowboys riding their horses galloping on the desert producing blinding dusts everywhere. I also loved to
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Joy H.
This novel was very disappointing, especially since it was written by a writer who won the Pulitzer Prize before writing this book. The writing was almost sophomoric and the story was stultifying. I finished it only because I was wondering how it would end.

Even the ending was disappointing. It was as if the author couldn't think of a better ending and wound things up quickly to finish writing. Throughout the book, there was a lot of boring, uninspired dialogue between two female friends about no
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Melissa
I couldn't finish it. First book in ages. Got to page 79, read the words "Why was life so hard?" and gave up. Seems like I'm not the only one: In the copy borrowed from the library, someone had written "Irony or idiocy, is Larry silly or senile?" after McMurty's banal words. I usually oppose the defacing of a book (after all, one's opinion isn't always wanted and is never universal), but this particular sentiment gave me the permission to give up. Too bad the first book of 2011 blew.
Scott
Smut. Total crap. I seriously did not need to read about some 60 year old woman blowing her 80-something year old shrink or "self-lubricating" from excitement. I picked this piece up in the $3.99 bin at Borders and should have put it right back down.
Kendra
I can almost say that I hated this book. Why did I finish it then? Maybe because I kept thinking that it couldn’t be THAT bad, that it would get better. I kept thinking I was missing something…that how could such a celebrated author write complete nonsense…

Basically, the book, written by the same author who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment (really??? I didn’t even know the same person wrote such two very different stories), is centered on Maggie, a 60+ year old woman who has lived in
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Sorcia Macnasty
Do you enjoy being hit repeatedly in the face with a bed pan?!

Then you'll LOVE this crap!

It's official, kids: Larry McMurtry done lost his mind. Or perhaps has had a lobotomy. Because I'm sure as death and taxes that this is NOT the same guy who wrote the uncompromising, compelling and heart-wrenching Lonesome Dove series (in point of fact, the only Westerns I've ever whole-heartedly loved). Actually, I think the explanation might be that he lost a drunken bet with his agent. Or owed money to t
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Paul
Another Larry McMurtry, and not set in Texas this time.

I'm a big fan of McMurtry, and found this to be a good read. How does he think of these characters? There is a tinge of "Thelma and Louise" here, but the characters, the situations, and the plot are in no way similar. Maggie, the protagonist is a Native Hollywoodian Auntie Mame character, and won my sympathy immediately. I loved the read, actually, loved rooting for Maggie.

McMurtry is having fun with this book, and his antics left me only
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Philip
Nov 14, 2012 Philip rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One.
Shelves: unfinished
Larry McMurtry has said in several recent memoirs that some writers go on producing novels long after they've run out of steam. He has also said that he feels like he was one person before his heart bypass surgery in the 1990s, and another after. His books since the mid-1990s have certainly borne out both theories. In LOOP GROUP it's a woman who has that feeling of being/having been two people, that she was one person before her hysterectomy and another person afterward. I was a huge McMurtry fa ...more
Cindy
Awful. Just awful! Can't believe I wasted previous reading time on this crap! Just telling it like it is!
Rjs
What to say? I'm a big fan of McMurtry and I've read most of his output over the years, some of which I thought was top notch. He does seem a bit patchy as for every Lonesome Dove, there was a Texasville waiting in the wings. It's plain [to me at least] that his historical Western novels are better than his contemporary fiction set in Texas. Having said that, The last Picture Show, Duane's depressed and Moving On are all worthy.

Now then, Loop Group. I don't know Larry McMurtry personally but he
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Leslie
Fine, but nothing exciting. Didn't really feel a connection to any of the characters, and one or two of them were just plain annoying. It was one of those books that I just didn't really see much of a point to once I got to the end of it. It kind of turned me off that every single character was rampantly unfaithful in their marriages - I'm not so naive that I think that sort of thing doesn't happen, but still, every single character, at least all the married ones.
Pam
I listened to this book for something light and entertaining, and because I knew Mr. McMurtry's name as a popular author. It was light, but the entertainment value was less than I expected. I kept listening thinking it had to get better, becuase McMurtry is so popular. It became painful when the author's writing demonstrated an apparent lack of familiarity with the female gender. There are a couple of graphic scenes and some adult humor, but the credibility of these scenes is seriously compromis ...more
Rene
The cover of this book had me thinking that it was going to involve a younger age group but the two main characters I'm guessing are in the 50-60 age range. Reading about middle-aged women having sex, doing drugs and racking up credit card debt really doesn't click with me. Maybe I should read this book again in 30 years and see if I have the same feeling?
Dave
This is a weak three stars. I am trying my best to put aside that this was Larry McMurtry and just rate the book based on my interest. I've never heard of a loop group before, so that intrigued me. Parts of the prose flowed smoothly, but during the first half of the book a lot of times I felt like I was in a writing class and this was a first draft. McMurtry jumped around, left out details, and just didn't hold things together as well as he needed to.

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Nancy
wish there was a 1-1/2. Picked this up on sale for some beach fluff reading. I usually love McMurtry, and this had some moments of his humor and insight. But overall it just seemed like random details never tied together. I wonder if he just dashed this random tale off to pay a bill. Not a contender with the rest of his books.
Chloe
If you have any issue with crude language, drug references, or sexuality, DO NOT READ THIS. Though the majority of the book was just a list of graphic sexploits and mischief from a sixty-year old Hollywood woman, there were also several instances where I found myself laughing out loud. So the humour outweighed the ick-factor, for me. This novel was a story of lasting friendship, of life and death, of family, and adventure. It wasn't what I expected when I picked it up, but it didn't let me down ...more
Robin Ray Holbert
I'm listening to this unabridged book in the car. Course, since I only drive 1.5 miles to work, it'll take me a while to get through this. So far, I'm not impressed. So far it's the weakest Larry McMurtry I've ever read and I've read a lot o' Larry McMurtry.
Jim Jannotti
I'm abandoning this effort. McMurtry's one of my favorites but in recent years his fiction has been uneven to say the least. I'm switching to his recent memoir entitled "Books" and setting this failure aside.
Sara
I felt the need to finish the book once I started it but it was bad. Like a automobile accident that you can't NOT watch. The characters were unbelievable, very flat.
Jennifer
don't know if I can stand the reader/narrator. The story isn't strong enough to keep me from abandoning due to the readers style. It's like she's reading to children.
Jay
This seems to another McMurtry attempt to keep Shirley MacLaine fully employed. Two sixty-something women take a road trip. But the road trip doesn't start until halfway through the book. The set-up feels long, the ending disconnected, the mood - decidedly raunchy throughout. The best part was reading about the work the loop group did -- that could have made for a good book had that been the focus. Unfortunately, if this were a movie, it'd be straight to DVD. There is no focus here. This reads l ...more
Dusty
I thought this book is kind of stupid. I read it hoping that it would pick up and become more interesting. But, it didn't.
Maureen
Although I've enjoyed some if his other works, this book was not a worthwhile read.
Carolyn
i hated this book. not really sure why i even finished it. i found if offensive.
Nicole Marble
Grownups, beware any book where the dustcover says the story is 'zany'.
Yuck.
Rosie
ok

not one of McMurtry's best
far from it
Tricia Andrews
This book was ok. It was an easy summer read. The one thing that bothered me is, and this is my opinion only, the crude language and the phrasing the women used. If I didn't know this book was written by a man, I would have said "women don't talk like that, it's a man's version of what he thinks women talk like". Now of course women can be crude and talk about intimate things but the language was kind of harsh and unneeded in many cases. So if language doesn't bother you and you like easy chick ...more
Amy
Awful.
Brittany
I'm kind of ashamed to admit this, but I have to- I've read this book before. Not that I don't normally re-read books, because I do. But I honestly couldn't remember a thing about this one. That has never happened before. Usually even if I forget a book, once I start reading the story will come back to me pretty quickly. Not this one. It somehow got completely wiped out of my head. Kind of scary, honestly.

Anyway, once I finished the book I pretty quickly realized why I had forgotten it. It's not
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Jenn
Not a good read. Slow and boring with no real climax to speak of. The book shlops through some interesting characters as well as a best friend who's only interested in herself. It’s clear that they are only friends due to the time they have known each other and not due to anything that they may like about each other.
It might be that that I'm a 30 something year old woman who is not having a hysterectomy any time soon, but attempting to find common ground with any of these characters was impossi
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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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