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ISBN13: 9780743230155
ISBN10: 0743230159
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Funny, sad, full of wonderful characters and the word-perfect dialogue of which he is the master, McMurtry brings the Thalia saga to an end with Duane confronting depression in the midst of plenty. Surrounded by his children, who all seem to be going through life crises involving sex, drugs, and violence; his wife, Karla, who is wrestling with her own demons; and friends like Sonny, who seem to be dying, Duane can't seem to make sense of his life anymore. He gradually makes his way through a protracted end-of-life crisis of which he is finally cured by reading Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, a combination of penance and prescription from Dr. Carmichael that somehow works.

Duane's Depressed is the work of a powerful, mature artist, with a deep understanding of the human condition, a profound ability to write about small-town life, and perhaps the surest touch of any American novelist for the tangled feelings that bind and separate men and women.

Review:

"[McMurtry] proves again that he is as clear-eyed a writer as anyone in the business....Duane's Depressed is a worthy end to an important trilogy...that captures vividly and movingly nearly half a century of life in a great swath of America." New York Times Sunday Book Review

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"Mr. McMurtry's touch is always light and humorous, even when dispensing sharp insights into the crises of middle age....Mr. McMurtry renders with remarkable tenderness Duane's search for meaning." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[T]hrough typical narrative sleight-of-hand on Mr. McMurtry's part, the farce is modulated into something drolly moving....Mr. McMurtry...skillfully [plumbs Duane's] psyche layer by surprising layer....Duane's Depressed holds steady at its core." New York Times

Synopsis:

McMurtry takes his famous characters into their twilight years in an end to the Thalia saga. Duane finds himself in a protracted end-of-life crisis, one that will hurtle him toward unexpected love, profoundly affect old friends, and cause him to embark on an outlandish new beginning.

About the Author

Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is the author of twenty-five novels, three collections of essays, two memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, and is the editor of a collection of short stories of the modern West. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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De Minimis, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by De Minimis)
This is probably the best book in what I like to call the "Thalia Cycle," Larry McMurtry's novels about the life of the town of Thalia, Texas, and specifically the life of Duane Moore, a small town football hero turned oil man who boomed and busted his way through the previous book, TEXASVILLE. That book was like a West Texas Gotterdammerung where the residents seemed to be in a constant state of insanity due to an oil boom and impending bust. This book focuses on Duane and an existential crisis that begins when he leaves the house and starts walking, in a town where all travel is done via pickup truck. A more mature book than TEXASVILLE, this has McMurtry covering one of his favorite topics, aging and the examination of one's life. I have re-read this book frequently over the years and never grow tired of it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743230155
Author:
McMurtry, Larry
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Middle aged men
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 12.46 oz

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Product details 432 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743230155 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[McMurtry] proves again that he is as clear-eyed a writer as anyone in the business....Duane's Depressed is a worthy end to an important trilogy...that captures vividly and movingly nearly half a century of life in a great swath of America."
"Review" by , "Mr. McMurtry's touch is always light and humorous, even when dispensing sharp insights into the crises of middle age....Mr. McMurtry renders with remarkable tenderness Duane's search for meaning."
"Review" by , "[T]hrough typical narrative sleight-of-hand on Mr. McMurtry's part, the farce is modulated into something drolly moving....Mr. McMurtry...skillfully [plumbs Duane's] psyche layer by surprising layer....Duane's Depressed holds steady at its core."
"Synopsis" by , McMurtry takes his famous characters into their twilight years in an end to the Thalia saga. Duane finds himself in a protracted end-of-life crisis, one that will hurtle him toward unexpected love, profoundly affect old friends, and cause him to embark on an outlandish new beginning.
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