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I hate westerns so much, but my entire family read Lonesome Dove, and I got shamed into reading it! Nice, huh? It's a good thing I did, because this 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner is an absolute masterpiece. McMurtry's storytelling skills are at their peak here, and it is one hell of a book. Take it from this western-hater: you will love this!
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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 deluxe paperback edition of McMurtry's masterpiece--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Prologue

CHAPTER ONE To the Front!

CHAPTER TWO Under Fire

CHAPTER THREE Confusion and Darkness: The Seven Days

CHAPTER FOUR Enough of Terrible Fighting

CHAPTER FIVE Captured

CHAPTER SIX "On to Richmond!"

CHAPTER SEVEN Prison Train to Andersonville

CHAPTER EIGHT This Hell on Earth

CHAPTER NINE Freedom

Epilogue

Note on Sources

Editorial Method

Acknowledgments

Index

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Masechkva, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Masechkva)
I am not typically a fan of Westerns, but I am a fan of beautifully written literature. There is something so effortless about Mcmurty's style. The characters in this novel became living, breathing beings, and their stories, while so different from my own life's story, resonated poignantly. It's a tale about the circumstances and time in history in which one is born and about the camaraderie of humanity. It is also a tale about pure and simple luck; Life is just a gamble after all, be it Lonesome Dove or Portland, OR.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684857527
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mcmurtry, Larry
Author:
McMurtry, Larry
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Historical - General
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
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Lonesome Dove
Series Volume:
3136
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 24.36 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I hate westerns so much, but my entire family read Lonesome Dove, and I got shamed into reading it! Nice, huh? It's a good thing I did, because this 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner is an absolute masterpiece. McMurtry's storytelling skills are at their peak here, and it is one hell of a book. Take it from this western-hater: you will love this!

"Synopsis" by , A deluxe paperback edition of McMurtry's masterpiece--winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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