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Rhino Ranch (The Last Picture Show #5)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  804 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
• Highly acclaimed, iconic author: Larry McMurtry is renowned for his elegiac prose, sharp wit, and engaging plotlines. His Thalia, Texas, series is among his most famous and Duane is an icon as much as his creator.

• The Thalia Finale: Readers have followed the life of Duane through The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane’s Depressed, and When the Light Goes . Rhino Ranch
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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I gave it four stars because 1) I love Duane Moore and was so happy to have him back for one last book; and 2) I'm just relieved Larry McMurtry hasn't died yet.
The "chapters" are 1-2 pages long and there are some elements in the book that just don't seem to work. Once upon a time we would have gotten a book twice as long and there would have been a deeper exploration of Duane's travails and the new characters in his life.
Someone who has never read any McMurtry should not start with Rhino Ranch,
Sep 13, 2009 Edie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago for my birthday I asked my family to just let me finish reading Lonesome Dove, which they did, and then I regretted it because I missed the characters so greatly. Today, another birthday, my treat was to read McMurtry's latest and I was equally pleased. Duane Moore is in his twilight years, and so is his town, but the interaction between these eccentric yet very real characters just made me both wistful and also whimsical, with chuckles and feelings of loss and decrepitude creeping in ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointing. Have enjoyed many of McMurtry's book, but this one is just lame. Seemed like he just didn't have much to say, short choppy chapters with no real narrative or character development. I didn't even finish it.
Carl R.
May 08, 2012 Carl R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thalia, Texas, has been a fertile field for Larry McMurtry. We’ve been following Duane Moore through thick and thin ever since The Last Picture Show, and it’s been a winning journey. McMurtry has captured the the soul of small-town America in these characters, and though the results have not been uniformly fantastic, there is no better chronicle of the cultural, economic, and technological changes in rural American society than McMurtry has presented. Not that this is sociology. It’s literature ...more
Marthe Bijman
Larry McMurtry knows how to write, that’s for sure. His technique is perfectly suited to his subject matter, in this case, Texas country: strong, no-nonsense and to the point, like the State, by reputation; dry and a bit caustic, like the cowboys and oilmen of whom he writes. His sentences are short, succinct, spare, perfectly expressed. His paragraphs are short but pivotal, always moving the story along. The characters’ words are few and their thoughts are brief – because of how they are but al ...more
******* Spoilers******
I hated to see Duane Moore pass away but as with all good things he had to come to an end, I suppose. Again, my favorite author, delighted me with his bigger than life characters. Bobby Lee was as delightful as ever and Duane as "into his own head" as ever. I was disappointed at a couple of errors that found their way into this book. It's just not like McMurtry. One error stated that Double Aught had been shot by the Coloradans but in fact Double Aught just vanished and Aug
Apr 07, 2013 Pablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disregard the three stars, I'll actually call it three and a half. Started a bit slow, enough to make me think that McMurtry had finally lost his touch. But, after sticking with it,(despite the indulgences of old men's sexual fantasies gratuitously thrown in by LM), it ended up being a pretty entertaining book, more humorous than the McMurtry I have come to expect, but ultimately displaying the pathos I have always known from this author. Well worth a read.
Ed Vaughn
Feb 03, 2013 Ed Vaughn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McMurtry lovingly writes a 5th novel about Duane Moore, his fictional, autobiographic counterpart.
The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane's Depressed, Until the Lights Go Out and now Rhino Ranch all feature our protagonist. Somewhat naive, innocent, guiltless and forever experimenting with what life has to offer, Duane muddles through everything thrown at him with awe and quiet acceptance.
Larry McMurtry can really tell a story. This is the last book in the trilogy (or more) about Duane Moore. Poor Duane is getting old and the book is a little reflective and sad, but as usually McMurtry's observations are worth the read.
Susan Emmet
The last in the Duane Moore series which began decades ago with The Last Picture Show.
This is a small novel, with short chapters and terse dialog.
Alot of it seemed cobbled together with too-short ropes. Characters appear and disappear and there are a few cases of the plot offering up one thing and then saying another - for example, Nal's past and present.
But it's a quick read and there's much to laugh at and chuckle about. I like that laconic sense of humor McMurtry often sports in his character
I keep going back to Larry McMurtry, because I keep hoping he'll snap out of the malaise he sunk into after his heart attack. I feel, with this book, that it's starting to lift. A little.
Dec 27, 2013 Jeannie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
......and we don't rent pigs." a line from an absolute treasure, Lonesome Dove. Larry McMurtry's cowboy dialog is like excruciatingly wonderful food, it is to be savored and the experience made to linger as long as can be drawn out. I have devoured all of his westerns although I am not a fan of the genre at all. Rhino Ranch was my first book of his otherwise. I could never bring myself to watch the movie or read the book, the Last Picture Show because all I could see was Cybil Shepherd telling m ...more
Dorothy Mahoney
Short chapters make this a quick zip-through read. 'Was hoping to read Lonesome Dove because It was a Pulitzer winner. 'Didn't realize this was the end of a series. Duane Moore, an aging Texan meets a billionairess who creates a black rhino preserve near his property. The large rhino, Double Aught, appears and disappears frequently, often shadowing Duane during his walks. These segments are the gems in the story. Duane's vasectomy seems a stretch. Much of the story reads like a summary of what h ...more
McMurtry is best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning "Lonesome Dove" or perhaps "Terms of Endearment. His book "The Last Picture Show" was well read and it,and it's sequel "Texasville", were made into movies. These two books were followed by three more novels about this melancholy story of Texas oilman Duane Moore of which this book was the last and final chapter in the series. Incidently I enjoyed the last three books more than the two more famous novels. It is a man's book in general exposing ...more
I was elated to find that McMurtry closed out the Duane Moore saga ("The Last Picture Show", "Texasville", "Duane's Depressed" with a book to sum up everything: "Rhino Ranch". Reading McMurtry is like coming home to an old friend: familiar and warm and palpably enjoyable. And, well, then there's "Rhino Ranch". I love McMurtry's stuff, but I think it's time for him to retire. I kept getting the feeling he wrote this book because he was somehow contractually obligated to do so, almost like he didn ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last chapter in the Duane Moore/Last Picture Show series, and it does not disappoint. Duane now is in his mid to late 60's and is now a peripheral character on a ranch that a smart lady, K.K. Slater, uses to bring endangered rhinos for saving and breeding. Thalia is, to say the least, aghast and not very welcoming. But we have some very nice moments between Duane and K. K., as well as with his old pal Bobby Lee (of the one testicle and penile implant), loving his way to misery. Duane's daughters ...more
Zohar -
Rhino Ranch is the story of Duane Moore, a hardworking and successful man in Thalia, TX. After his wife leaves him, Duane meets up with a billionaires named K.K. Slater who is importing endangered black rhinos into town in an effort to save them. This is the backdrop to introduce us to the zany characters of a small Texas town as well as the melancholy and loneliness Duane feels in his old age.

Slowly the rhinos fade out of the story, which is too bad because they were more believable than the q
Oct 02, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Melton
I would certainly recommend this book if I knew someone to recommend it to. It's pure Larry McMurtry. He writes three kinds of books. Lonesome Dove, Bridges of Madison County, and these. This was a western, but not an Old West shoot 'em up. If anything it was a quiet character study about a small town in the Texas panhandle. It's full of quirky characters of all sorts. Noone is really normal, but they all speak the truth as they see it. And they do so bluntly and without reservation. It's kind o ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Returning home to recover from a near-fatal heart attack, Duane discovers that he has a new neighbor: the statuesque K. K. Slater, a quirky billionairess who's come to Thalia to open the Rhino Ranch, dedicated to the preservation of the endangered black rhinoceros. Despite their obvious differences, Duane can't help but find himself charmed by K.K.'s stubborn toughness and lively spirit, and the two embark on a flirtation that rapidly veers toward the sexual -- but the return of Honor Carmichael ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The nice thing about picking up a book by Larry McMurtry is that no matter what genre he's writing in - essay, memoir, history, or novel you're in the hands of a master story teller.

Rhino Ranch is the conclusion of the series started with The Last Picture Show, but I have to admit it's the first of the series that I've read. The story is pretty simple: a rich woman buys a plot of land in order to help save an endangered special of rhinoceros. That's the hinge upon which McMurtry hangs the endang
Dec 30, 2009 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve read most of Larry McMurtry’s non-Western novels, which is habit more than enjoyment, because every time I finish one, I wonder not only why he’s lauded, but why I spent time chasing his words. More than any other “literary” novelist, he seems to make stories out of nothing at all … the page-turning equivalent of Seinfeld. And of all the characters he’s chronicled, he’s made the most out of the nothing that is Duane Moore, most recently sighted in Rhino Ranch.

Moore is, as previously titled,
Jan 21, 2013 Trey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is really more of a review of the whole Duane Moore/Thalia series... It's obvious that Larry McMurtry cares about the Duane character, but the last two books really feel mailed in. The Last Picture Show is a great book, and it's amazing that it was written over 45 years ago. Texasville and Duane's Depressed are both solid, if not the masterpiece that LPS is. When the Light Goes and Rhino Ranch are a whole different story. It feels like McMurtry had a story to tell but just didn't take the t ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A fitting end to the Thalia series of books as it was eminently readable and defied any expectations I had that arose from McMurtry's last Thalia novel. The tone of these books is all over the map, from somber (The Last Picture Show) to manic (Texasville) with tons of points hit between there and Rhino Ranch. It's a little... I don't want to say "frustrating" because the books are nothing of the kind... but it is a little strange to get used to.

I've always looked at McMurtry's Thalia novels as b
Mar 04, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book has some very funny bits, and it's an easy read--short chapters. It's a book about old age and change, mostly, but in the end the plot doesn't really hold together, in spite of the many amusing characters.

Still, it's entertaining, and very Texas.
Apparently I read this before, although I have no recollection of doing so. This time I listened to it.

The conceit is that a billionaires decides to save the rhinos by creating a ranch in North Texas in which to breed them.

Susan Laddon
This is the last book about Duane Moore-- (character from The Last Picture Show). I thought it was a fitting ending for an almost larger than life character. Interestingly enough-- he goes out pretty much the same way he is portrayed throughout the series-- He's still chasing women (much younger than himself) and still pondering the motivations behind that. Throw in some endangered rhinos and oldster (suicidal) cowboys, and this was a good read-- very easy to breeze through.(Again, once I starte ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off really well but ran out of gas (and even editing?) before the end of the story. But it occurs to me that could well have been intentional. This is the last (I assume) in the Thalia series (Last Picture Show, Texasville and Duane's Depressed, unless I've missed some, which would be my loss).
The Larry McMurtry tendency to have consecutive paragraphs of dialogue for the same person ran rampant in this book. Beyond irritating.
Bookmarks Magazine
Oct 03, 2009 Bookmarks Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nov-dec-2009
Forty-three years have passed since McMurtry, the quintessential Western writer, first introduced readers to Duane Moore, then a young, virile Texan coming of age in the fictional town of Thalia. Fast forward to Rhino Ranch, which critics described as a melancholy, wistful, and occasionally hilarious final entry in the popular series. Critics, several of whom grew up alongside Duane, were extremely grateful the series didn't end with When the Light Goes, characterized by the San Antonio Express- ...more
Larry Strattner
Oct 29, 2010 Larry Strattner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seldom want to be anyone else. Having said that I wish I were Larry McMurtry. I covet his talent.

I have read a selection of McMurtry's books and never fail to be enticed, involved and moved by them. Rhino Ranch is no exception. You could take the setting and characters and plunk them down in almost any small town where there are sharply deliniated haves and have nots and the story would work.

The book is funny,engrossing, happy, sad and any combination thereof throughout. I was in the midst of
Sharon Anne Beers
Feb 18, 2016 Sharon Anne Beers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The is the last of the McMurtry multi-book series featuring Duane Moore. Melancholy, but I enjoyed it. Duane was beautifully portrayed in 'The Last Picture Show' and 'Texasville' by Jeff Bridges. These films are both good adaptations of the novels
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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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The Last Picture Show (5 books)
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