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Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry
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Aug 22, 2010

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** spoiler alert ** The sequel to that famous cowboy book Lonesome Dove, this was a perfect subject matter for my roadtrip b/c even though I wasn't in Texas, I did ride through a lot of cow country. It was an OK book but a little disappointing for a few reasons. First of all, why did Newt die in the mysterious space between the last book and this book? I was so happy he didn't die in the last one, so I felt especially cheated by this. Second, the book seems kind of empty without Gus and I missed his endearingly funny and carefree attitude and the way he played off of Call's crustiness. As I reader I really need some more comic relief given the grimness of the setting & the time period. Finally, since this book focuses on catching the bad guys it loses some of the epic sense of the first book, in which the mission is more open-ended and adventuresome. It's also really violent in parts, which the first one was, too, come to think of it, but somehow I minded it more since all those other things were missing. I did like getting to know Lorena a bit more and also Maria. It was amazing to me how they always could tell when men were looking at them "that way". I guess that's an extra sense you just had to have in those dangerous times. In the final analysis, this is a good summer book but I won't be adding it to my list of favorites.
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Benjamin Thomas Thanks for the spoiler about Newt...

Ruth Sorry, but I don't consider it a spoiler since you find out about it the first few pages of the book.

message 3: by Tiffany (new) - added it

Tiffany also wish I hadn't read that... :(

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