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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
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May 26, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, western, pulitzer-prize-for-fiction
Recommended to Adam by: liz
Read from March 06 to May 26, 2010 , read count: 1

Lonesome Dove is the best western novel I've ever read. It doesn't contain the sublime satire of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man, its prose isn't as beautiful as Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, and it doesn't engage in mythmaking on the same scale as McCarthy's Border Trilogy, but it stands head and shoulders over those works (the other western novels I've read that I consider really great books) in terms of sheer storytelling. The situations and places in Lonesome Dove are vividly rendered, and the characters--both major and minor--all feel like real people just a page or two after meeting them. And they continue to live and to grow as the novel goes on.

Unlike everyone I know who's read Lonesome Dove, I haven't seen the nearly universally acclaimed 1989 miniseries based on it (although I have seen the miniseries adaptations of McMurtry's two prequels, Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon, both of which were decent TV movies, but not fantastic). I'm looking forward to seeing it some day, but not right away. For right now, I just want to let this amazing story and its memorable characters percolate in my mind, unhindered by any associations.
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Harv Griffin Hey, Adam!

Thanks for your mentions of other Westerns that you consider great. Reading List!

Cheers!

@hg47


Adam Cormac McCarthy is not for everyone, but I love his novels.

I also loved A.B. Guthrie's "The Big Sky" and Great Matthews's "Power in the Blood," if you're looking for good western novels.


Harv Griffin Thanks again, Adam! I'm not a connoisseur of Westerns; I'm more a Big Mac kind of guy. But I am interested in expanding my horizons. At one time I think I owned every Louis L'Amour novel, but I got rid of about half of them, knowing I would never look at them again; and I'm pretty sure I own every Donald Hamilton novel, western & non-western. I will check your titles. I like the western format; but I once spent about two hours in a used bookstore with a H-U-G-E western section, sampling different writers of western novels, but I came away unsatisfied and frustrated. I don't know what I was looking for, but I didn't find it. @hg47


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