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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
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Sep 18, 11

Read in September, 2011

I started Lonesome Dove based on a recommendation and a desire to read something very lengthy, and not by Stephen King. McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize Winner delivers 100%,

and that is just the percent that I got the first time through. To my surprise, Lonesome Dove was a western, a genre with which I am not that familiar other than a

novel by Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour each. Most seem to be rather short though but this book is 990 pages (judging by the paperback version) and every one of those

pages belongs. To sum up the length and quality of the novel, I will use a Butt-head quote. "It's hard but it's not, like, hard." This book is long, but it doesn't feel

that way. You shouldn't, at any time, gasp in dismay at how many hundreds of pages you have left. Every character, no matter how minor, was completely original to me

and the, gahh have to use this word in a review, imagery was fantastic. Sometimes while reading you should look over at your clock or your TV to make sure that things

are still structured and that people can't just take the law into their own well-worn hands. You must realize that you can't go into a local bar and ask the nearest

whore for a poke and expect a positive reaction, but in this day and age you never know. Lonesome Dove defines for me what makes a book in every way possible and I

recommend it to all no matter what your favorite genre may be. I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on meeting Lippy, Gus, Clara, the great land of Montana, lots of

whores, and, most of all, an older, more free, yet more dangerous, way of life.
WARNING: Do not read this book if you want to continue searching for the greatest western novel ever. Your journey ends here, but only if you want it to.
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