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.
Kate James, September 1, 2007 (view all comments by Kate James)
Do you like "Westerns"? Me, neither! Frankly, the illustration of cowboys and cattle on the front of this book would never tempt me to read: quite the opposite, in fact.
However, as so many mediocre novels highlight through contrast, there's nothing like a good story, expertly told.
THIS is the book, folks. I've worked in numerous bookstores and libraries and Lonesome Dove was always my answer to the question, "I want to read something I won't be able to put down. What do you recommend?"
Even if you have seen the (excellent!) mini-series that was based on this book, there is plenty that the makers of the series had to leave out. And if you last saw the mini-series when it originally aired on tv, no doubt you've forgotten a lot of the story.
PS: Beware of the sequel (Streets of Loredo). The two prequels (Dead Man's Walk; Comanche Moon), however, are satisfactory to those of us who simply cannot let go. However, they necessarily pale in comparison to the original.
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TOMMY ARNOLD, June 21, 2006 (view all comments by TOMMY ARNOLD)
I read this book years ago and the tale of a cattle drive to Montanan captivated me as well as the characters, Gus, Call, Jake, Pea eye, Jake Spoon, ect.. If you have not read "Lonesome Dove" buy it, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll experince the full range of emotions. And when you get to the end (800 some pages later!) you'll wish there was more. Yes I realy liked this book!
I also recommend "Across the High Lonesome," a tale of the modern west. I recently read this book after seeing McMurtry had given the book props, and he was right!
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