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Cadillac Jack

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,211 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
In Cadillac Jack, Larry McMurtry -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove -- proves his unique talent for conjuring up the real, often eccentric people who inhabit the American heartland and for capturing the peculiarly American search for new frontiers and adventure.

Cadillac Jack is a rodeo-cowboy-turned-antique-scout whose nomadic, womanizing life -- centered on
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ebook, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Simon Schuster (first published 1982)
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Kemper
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 16: YUUUP!

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

When I was picking my next Rubbermaid Treasure to read, this one jumped out at me because Dan got me hooked on the A&E reality series Storage Wars. Fo
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Keith
Oct 24, 2015 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack is an amazing amalgam of America---and particularly of the American west. A tall and probably handsome Texan—although he never refers to himself as handsome in this first person narrative—he travels the country, in a white Cadillac convertible, buying bits and pieces of Americana and then reselling the pieces to eccentric and usually wealthy collectors. That's his business as an antique “scout”. In this age of eBay I've heard the terms “pickers”, and even “flippers” but never “scouts”; even ...more
Terry Collins
Nov 11, 2015 Terry Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Choices.

We tell ourselves that the choices we make for ourselves are what stitch together the patterns of our lives; but perhaps choices that are made for us are even more vital, more important, and ultimately, more revealing.

One can’t disallow choices made for us by another person on a level of knowledge and understanding of who we are, and who we might want to be.

CADILLAC JACK, a lesser novel by Larry McMurtry (lesser only in that it isn’t the kind of book that wins Pulitzers, but since McMur
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Elizabeth
Jan 08, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I can't help but feeling like this is a book that might have been great, but was really just fine. I was left with the same impression after reading McMurtry's recent memoir ("Books"), so it may well be that McMurtry is an author who is good, but not great. What's problematic in that assessment, is that his books (at least the two that I've read) veer toward greatness such that readers want/expect more. To be fair, McMurtry writes in the preface to this novel that he's never been entirely satisf ...more
Denise
Mar 15, 2010 Denise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
OMG what a boring book. Per the inside cover "richly comic, profoundly moving...Cadillac Jack : A Novel is one of Larry McMurtry's most memorable...novels". This is the second McMurtry novel I have tried to read,Lonesome Dove being the first. I made it about 5 pages into Lonesome Dove and quit. I probably should have done the same with Cadillac Jack : A Novel. This is the story of an antique scout. Jack wanders back and forth across the U.S. buying and selling antiques and having sex with multip ...more
Ryan Curell
Almost a four-star rating. Jack is one of McMurtry's more memorable characters, an antiques scout in love with the perfect objects he collects, holds temporarily and sells across America. Jack is also ambivalent toward the beautiful though imperfect women he wishes to keep - though he temporarily holds and ultimately leaves them, too.

This is not really a book about anything so much as it's about a man who's confused by his profession choice and the depression that comes along with realizing ther
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Adrianne Ambrose
Love Larry Mc Murtry in general and he writes really engaging and entertaining descriptions, but there's very little plot to this book. Enjoyable enough, but not crazy in love with it.

Mc Murtry seems to suffer from the disease that many modern male authors suffer from, all his female characters are pale carbon copies of Brett Ashley. It became mildly frustrating because every time he introduced a new female character and described her personality I thought, nope, there are no actual women like t
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Jenne
Jul 11, 2010 Jenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this once before when I was pretty young--we'd gone on vacation and I ran out of books so I just moved on to what my mom was reading. I remember thinking it was SCANDALOUS! but now it seems fairly tame.

If you like the show "American Pickers" you'll recognize the title character--he drives all over the country seeking out rare and interesting objects to buy and sell--everything from 19th century lightbulbs to religious icons to Rudolph Valentino's hubcaps.

But the main objects in the book a
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Chuck
McMurtry is one of my favorite authors with "The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment" as his finest efforts, occasionally I will read one of his books that I suffer to get through. This book, however, falls in the first category. It is essentially the story of a young cowboy that is in the thrift, flea market and/or antique business looking for a big "bargains" so that he can maintain his high lifestyle and mobile life of adventure. The catch is that he is young, ...more
Antonio
Aug 11, 2013 Antonio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The thing about McMurtry is that his adherence to a winning formula is palpable to the point where it distracts from the sheer pleasure of reading. The winning and affecting formula of "Terms of Endearment" is replicated here but with less effect. This novel lacks the poignancy, humor and emotional wallop of "Terms of Endearment" but attempts mightily to move the reader in the same fashion. Instead, the reader senses a bit of emotional manipulation is afoot -- those delightfully eccentric charac ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Not sure when I first read this--sometime after reading Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove, and I even read it a second time, but really I have almost no specific memory of it: a lot of characters in and out of scenes; people from Texas; sexy, independent women whom the author seems to admire at the same time that he condescends; a rare-book dealer, no, oops, antiques. But somehow none of it stuck with me, even after reading it twice.
Jessica
Jul 12, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of McMurtry's most consistently funny books, satirizing Washington-via-Texas society years before the current White House occupant made the scene. The main character, an antiques dealer who roams the country in a pearl-colored Cadillac, breaking hearts as he goes, remains something of a cipher, but the people he encounters, from antiques sales to society dinners, are hilariously drawn. One scene involving nouvelle cuisine and several lapdogs had me laughing out loud.
Robert Grant
This is a bit of a strange one from McMurtry. The titular main character is basically on a cross-country flea market search for objects and sleeping with every female that he comes across. Kind of the stuff of a very young teenage boy's fantasy here. The book does have some funny moments and some passages are beautifully written but all in all, not one of this author's best works.

3 stars out of 5
Thomas
Aug 01, 2010 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, literature, 2010
Does his count as literature? All the hallmarks of McMurtry are present, travel, funny dialogue, obscure expertise, Texas. The tale romps along rather aimlessly as the main character careens through life. McMurtry hangs his thoughts and musings on this man, "Cadillac Jack" discussing life, love, desire and disapointment as he is wont to do. Capital entertainment, though the lightest of the McMurtry canon that I've read.
Paul Parsons
Published in 1982, this is another slice of Americana, following a buyer around the country as he picks up antiques for resale and women to fill the void that McMurtry writes about so well. The characters and story are neither remarkable nor memorable, and that, once again, is the point. Though funny at times, I wouldn't recommend this to someone already down in the dumps.
John
Jul 10, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good "road read". And the title is classic. Sounds so cool just to say it.
Lynn Freeborn
Fun, particularly for me, a frustrated antiques and art hound who's always looking for that great find -- the kind Cadillac Jack comes across regularly.

p. s. I do find them on occasion, in my own small way.
Twylapumroy Pumroy
It's funny. Its loving. It talks about the power of confidence among other things. Although the book COULD be interpreted as a little sexist that really doesn't matter in light of how funny and uplifting and sweet the whole thing turns out to be.
Spencer Hill
Dec 14, 2010 Spencer Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read the first 50 pages last night--The characters are great; its got two of my favorite subjects(interesting women and sex); its bawdy-always a plus. I'll let you know how it goes-it should be a fun read.
Esther
Jul 18, 2007 Esther rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
I was disappointed with this one. Usually McMurtry's characters are really likeable and engaging. The ones in this book were pretty flat and uninteresting and the story seems to go nowhere for a very long time.
 don presnell
fun, fresh
a quick read that has a little meat in it
Dale
Jun 17, 2011 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite McMurtry novel. I'm just not sure what he was trying to accomplish.
Olga Mosh
Jan 01, 2011 Olga Mosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much of a plot, but I enjoyed the characters enough to finish it. Also liked the ease of the writing style. Not the most brilliant work of literature, but I had fun reading it.
Charles
Aug 21, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack is just the bestest picker ever. I have a signed first edition.
Deb
Jun 10, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
confused man, trying to figure out what he really wants in life.
Ann Marie
3 1/2
Joanna
Dec 30, 2007 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Miriam Sheaffer
Not his best writing but a personal favorite.
Aaron
Feb 16, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was a bit rambunctious at the time when I read this book, and it appealed to my own wandering tendencies. An entertaining read. Wanted to give it 3.5 stars but rounded up instead.
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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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