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Texasville (The Last Picture Show #2)

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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
ebook, 544 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1987)
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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.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
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.
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...it matters...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...more
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
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
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 LD...it's downhill al...more
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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...more
Dixie Diamond
Feb 04, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Texans
Recommended to Dixie Diamond by: Carl
Shelves: fiction, texas, 1980s
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Barbara Jackson
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
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.
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
Doyle Mills
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.
Jim Labelle
Sequel to "The Last Picture Show" which I enjoyed more. Texasville is very funny but it went on a little too long and some of the situations were too far-fetched for me. I guess I'm just an old grump. The author worked harder on "TLPS" and turned out a better book. Texasville seemed like it just flowed out of him on a long weekend. McMurtry is terrific with dialogue and his characters are well-drawn and consistent throughout the book. Jacy was a hard character for me to like until the very end o...more
Roy Pierce III
This book will not make the world a better place. It will not cure cancer or give one a glimpse at the true meaning of life. The characters are vibrant, sincere, and interesting, but also, not tremendously realistic. However, that said, it is an absolutely fantastic read. The story, while mostly just being about the day to day life in a small Texas town, was extremely engaging. There are moments of true depth, and yet there is also plenty of light hearted humor. I guess the main reason I felt it...more
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
Alice Parrish
Revisit Duane, Sonny & Jacy more than two decades after the Last Picture Show. Without question one of the funniest books I've ever read. The book opens with Duane in the hot tub shooting at the doghouse that his dog refuses to inhabit. He's married to Karla whose wardrobe consist solely of t'shirts that Duane is forced to read....and his kids are a mess. The only peace he gets is riding around west Texas in his truck, and maybe hanging out with his buddies at the local Dairy Queen....which...more
Bill Weinberg
Texasville is the story of Duane Moore, his family, life and loves and the centennial of the town of Thalia. Thalia is an oil town gone broke and Duane, the leader, owes twelve million dollars for rigs he isn't using.

McMurtry's story is loopy, funny and full of pathos. The characters are somehow not real life figures but they raise real life questions that never get answered.

The book ends when the centennial ends without much resolution. Duane is closer than ever to bankruptcy. He and his wife,...more
The sequel to The Last Picture Show, Texasville was an interesting read as a sequel if you wanted to know what became of the main characters in the prequel, but it fizzled a lot as a standalone book. I think this was because the author tried really hard to capture the feeling of the oil crash in the 1980s, the suddenly destitute millionaires who are in denial, the mindless consumption of the nouveau rich -- but he missed the mark and ended up making the characters and plot unbelievable and contr...more
I love the chance to find out what has become of the characters from "The Last Picture Show" now that they are adults. What happens is sometimes about what you would expect and sometimes not at all what you would expect. Ya' know, like life. One of those books that rings true. I feel like I know these characters in real life. Except for one thing. I always work from the assumption that nobody has sex with folks they aren't married to. In McMurtry's world everyone has sex. Nearly all the time and...more
This was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time - it had me laughing out loud with tears running down my cheeks. What an amazing writer! My previous experience with him was the Lonesome Dove series - so different from Texasville that it is hard to believe it hatched from the same fertile imagination. So many writers are in a creative rut - James Lee Burke comes to mind - and such a nice surprise to find one with so much versatility. Looking forward to The Last Picture Show and Duan...more
This novel is at least 50 pages longer than it needs to be. That said, it's also a very funny, entertaining read. I remember very little about its prequel, The Last Picture Show, but there really isn't a need to as McMurtry provides just the right amount of background on his characters. There's a genuine laugh at least every other page, a chapter break about every third page, and a sweet moment maybe once every hundred pages. This is definitely not the kind of novel that changes you, nor is it t...more
Chris Jarrett
There's a touching humanity behind Duane. McMurtry's prose is insanely quick. The characters are caricatures in just the right ways. Much like Mike Judge's work, the satire and humor underlies the heart and minds of the characters themselves. Stuck in a bizarre world, people can be depressed. They keep secrets, they lie to each other. They become restless. They do stupid things. They want attention. The make fun of each other while pretending not to care. People care, they feel, and McMurtry bri...more
Patience Blythe
I loved this story....more demure in tone than most of his books, "Texasville" tells the tale of the build-up and inevitable let down of the Thalia centennial. My favorite characters are Sonny and Jacy. Sonny begins to lose his mind via dementia and sees movies that aren't there whilst driving or sitting in burnt-out picture shows, and Jacy returns home to Thalia to process the grief she feels over the death of her son. I think the back cover describes it well: it is a tale about getting older w...more
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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 adapted into the film "Hud".

McMurty went on to publish many more novels, a number of which went on to become movies as well as a TV mini-series.
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