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ISBN13: 9780671683900
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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 settlers — 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.

Synopsis:

“A joyous epic”—Larry McMurtry’s bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the Old West, now with a new preface by the author.

• An enduring American classic: Already a beloved American novel and award-winning miniseries, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove is widely considered to be Larry McMurtry’s greatest work.

• Repackaged and updated: This new paperback edition will feature a contemporary look with new material, guaranteeing its place in history.

• A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier: Set in the late nineteenth century, Lonesome Dove is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. Augustus McCrae and W. F. Call are former Texas rangers—partners and friends—who have shared hardship and danger without ever quite understanding each other. Gus is the romantic, a reluctant rancher who has a way with women. Call is driven and demanding, a natural authority figure with no patience for weakness. The two could hardly be more different, but both are tough, redoubtable fighters who have learned to count on each other, if nothing else.

Synopsis:

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, and always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

About the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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kkorotev, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by kkorotev)
American folklore at its best.
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eapasquale, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by eapasquale)
To me Lonesome Dove replaced Moby Dick as the "Great American Novel" when the focus of America turned from the sea to the westward expansion.
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justlikejane, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by justlikejane)
Lonesome Dove is possibly the most compelling book I've ever read. I'm not even a big fan of westerns, but I love this book. Read it. It will change your life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671683900
Author:
McMurtry, Larry
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Author:
McMurtry, Larry
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Cattle drives
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Cattle drives -- West (U.S.) -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series Volume:
99-305
Publication Date:
December 1988
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
960
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 14.49 oz

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Product details 960 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671683900 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “A joyous epic”—Larry McMurtry’s bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the Old West, now with a new preface by the author.

• An enduring American classic: Already a beloved American novel and award-winning miniseries, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove is widely considered to be Larry McMurtry’s greatest work.

• Repackaged and updated: This new paperback edition will feature a contemporary look with new material, guaranteeing its place in history.

• A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier: Set in the late nineteenth century, Lonesome Dove is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. Augustus McCrae and W. F. Call are former Texas rangers—partners and friends—who have shared hardship and danger without ever quite understanding each other. Gus is the romantic, a reluctant rancher who has a way with women. Call is driven and demanding, a natural authority figure with no patience for weakness. The two could hardly be more different, but both are tough, redoubtable fighters who have learned to count on each other, if nothing else.

"Synopsis" by , A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, and always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.
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