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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
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Aug 19, 2010

it was amazing
Read in November, 2010

Wow. Very good.
The book is a brick but enjoyable the whole way. A very harsh life, but with the benefit of simplicity. Though ofcourse for them it was pretty complicated, since humans always want more than they have. Liked the interior monologues of the characters a lot. Not a vey self-reflecting and complicated bunch. Pretty much nobody knows why they do things, are quite internally confused, but they still get along and get through it. The lack of articulation by everybody is just hilarious, lots of talking but little verbal communication. Even the women can't explain themselves. "The problem is you don't know how to live." Pretty much sums it up. Fight, explore, adventure - no problem. Settle down and create something more cotidian - trouble.
The book does a good job of showing why for the cowboys city living was such a poor and pale life. Sure whisky and women are there, but soon enough it all turns to schoolyards and the fun and danger is gone.
The fascinating thing is that this world is not that far removed in time, eventhough it is pretty much dead and buried. For starters there is no more wild country where you can just roam. Somebody owns all of it and there are rules. To ride from Texas to Montanan now with a herd of cattle would be impossible. You wouldn't go three miles before being sued for something. The Indians are nothing compared to the lawyers.

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