Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

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Bestselling winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize, Lonesome Dove is an American classic. First published in 1985, Larry McMurtry's epic novel combined flawless writing with a storyline and setting that gripped the popular imagination, and ultimately resulted in a series of four novels and an Emmy-winning television miniseries. Now, with an introduction by the author, Lonesome Dove is reprinted in an S&S Classic Edition.
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, the author of Terms of Endearment, is his long-awaited masterpiece, the major novel at last of the American West as it really was.
A love story, an adventure, an American epic, Lonesome Dove embraces all the West -- legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settiers -- in a novel that recreates the central American experience, the most enduring of our national myths.
Set in the late nineteenth century, Lonesome Dove is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana -- and much more. It is a drive that represents for everybody involved not only a daring, even a foolhardy, adventure, but a part of the American Dream -- the attempt to carve out of the last remaining wilderness a new life.
Augustus McCrae and W. F. Call are former Texas Rangers, partners and friends who have shared hardship and danger together without ever quite understanding (or wanting to understand) each other's deepest emotions. Gus is the romantic, a reluctant rancher who has a way with women and the sense to leave well enough alone. Call is a driven, demanding man, a natural authority figure with no patience for weaknesses, and not many of his own. He is obsessed with the dream of creating his own empire, and with the need to conceal a secret sorrow of his own. The two men could hardly be more different, but both are tough, redoubtable fighters who have learned to count on each other, if nothing else.
Call's dream not only drags Gus along in its wake, but draws in a vast cast of characters:
-- Lorena, the whore with the proverbial heart of gold, whom Gus (and almost everyone else) loves, and who survives one of the most terrifying experiences any woman could have...
-- Elmira, the restless, reluctant wife of a small-time Arkansas sheriff, who runs away from the security of marriage to become part of the great Western adventure...
-- Blue Duck, the sinister Indian renegade, one of the most frightening villains in American fiction, whose steely capacity for cruelty affects the lives of everyone in the book...
-- Newt, the young cowboy for whom the long and dangerous journey from Texas to Montana is in fact a search for his own identity...
-- Jake, the dashing, womanizing exRanger, a comrade-in-arms of Gus and Call, whose weakness leads him to an unexpected fate...
-- July Johnson, husband of Elmira, whose love for her draws him out of his secure life into the wilderness, and turns him into a kind of hero...
Lonesome Dove sweeps from the Rio Grande (where Gus and Call acquire the cattle for their long drive by raiding the Mexicans) to the Montana highlands (where they find themselves besieged by the last, defiant remnants of an older West).
It is an epic of love, heroism, loyalty, honor, and betrayal -- faultlessly written, unfailingly dramatic. Lonesome Dove is the novel about the West that American literature -- and the American reader -- has long been waiting for.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, [2000]
Edition: Simon & Schuster classic edition
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780684871226
Branch Call Number: FIC MCM
Characteristics: 857 pages ; 25 cm

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roystreet
May 26, 2019

A delight to read; beautifully captures the time and place: ; full of action, pathos, and humor; every character is presented with interest and sympathy.

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jacosis
Mar 14, 2019

Truly absorbed in the epic reading.

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feralranger
Mar 13, 2019

This is an epic of frontier life. It took me 100 pages to fall in love with its unforgettable characters and follow them on their journeys for 800 more pages!
It is a classic in the western genre but for any reader of historical fiction.
A stunning achievement.

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KhalilNouri
Dec 22, 2018

Read in private when time allows

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SFBookAddict
Oct 11, 2018

I decided to read this book because it's considered one of the best American novels and actress Diane Lane, whom I greatly respect, recommended it on the PBS Great American Read (she portrayed Lorie in the TV dramatization). Since I had never read a western, I thought it was time I did and gave it a try, even though it's very long. I absolutely loved the TV drama which I saw 20 years ago. Author Larry McMurtry is a fine writer and tells this tale in rich details You meet many interesting people. I looked forward to reading it every night before I went to bed. I love the character Augustus McCrae --- who wouldn't? He is one of the best characters ever in a book, now one of my favorite. Some of the things he said made me laugh out loud. If you like adventure, this books is for you. It is indeed gritty. The violence and hardships made me cringe. This book is not for the faint of heart. What really intrigued me were the female characters: Lorie, Clara and Elmira who play very important roles in this story. It wasn't the best book I ever read but I really like it. It did not, however, knock my socks off as I had expected. The TV show did. Nonetheless it's worth the time and effort. It is a great escape and will take you on one hell of a ride.

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FoxLarkin
Feb 21, 2018

A novel of epic splendor: I was enthralled from beginning g to end: the landscape, the characters, the women, Indian presence: a time lost brought to life: I intend to reread this book next year, same time in order to focus more completely on the characters, their relationships, how the landscape affected them individually:
I read this many years ago, this current reading was focused on plot, what came next: so looking forward to digging deeper into all aspects of this brilliant novel

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skiylourex
Oct 23, 2017

This absolutely ne of my favorite novels. I love the entire series.

colgeo Jun 30, 2017

One of my all time favorite novels! Love Augustus and Woodrow.

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jezicuhh
May 01, 2017

To quote another reader's review, don't be intimidated by the size of this book! Once I saw how thick it was when I went to pick it up from the hold shelf, I almost didn't check it out. That would have been a huge mistake.

I have never felt more rewarded by finishing a book, and not only due to its size. This book was utterly addictive - I would wake up thinking about what I read the night before, craving my next chance to read it. When a day went by where I didn't get to read any of the book, I was literally sad!

I never would think a young female like myself could enjoy an 800+ page western novel - I WAS WRONG! It was rewarding to finish this book because it had some of the strongest character development I have ever read. I feel like I personally know each and every character in the book. The writing style is simple enough to make it an addictive read, but detailed enough to really give a sense of each individual character. Which is important, because Lonesome Dove has a pretty sizable list of characters!

In short, Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a classic and a story I will never forget!

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cstasney
Apr 07, 2017

Loved it.

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