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Cadillac Jack by Larry McMurtry
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Jan 11, 2012

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Almost a four-star rating. Jack is one of McMurtry's more memorable characters, an antiques scout in love with the perfect objects he collects, holds temporarily and sells across America. Jack is also ambivalent toward the beautiful though imperfect women he wishes to keep - though he temporarily holds and ultimately leaves them, too.

This is not really a book about anything so much as it's about a man who's confused by his profession choice and the depression that comes along with realizing there may be something more. The problem is articulating what "something more" may be, which is unsettling and perhaps impossible, for Jack aspires to be something he cannot be, as the many women in his life consistently point out.

The supporting players are a collection of oversexed misfits - no surprise there - though the setting itself is unique from other McMurtry novels up to this point in his bibliography. There are, however, a few too many distractions into randomness - an effort or two too many to illustrate the real eccentric characters that inhabit Washington, D.C.

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