Lonesome Dove is a Western novel by American writer Larry McMurtry. It is the first published book of the Lonesome Dove series but the third installment. Lonesome Dove book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McM. Lonesome Dove: A Novel and millions of other books are available for instant access. Lonesome Dove: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 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.
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By any measure, this was a successful writer. Then came Lonesome Dove. The book was a blockbuster that won McMurtry two things: a huge mainstream following among Western fans, and a Pulitzer Prize. The program raked in millions of dollars for CBS and won a raft of Emmy awards. Larry McMurtry The triumph of both the book and the mini-series made Lonesome Dove something McMurtry could not have expected: a franchise.
His novel spawned a sequel, two prequels, four more mini-series, and a short lived series. His gallery of characters—of different ages, genders, races, backgrounds, perspectives—is impressive, but more impressive still is the way the novelist gives everyone his or her own perspective.
Eventually, he establishes a ranch between the Missouri River and the Milk River. Call suffers from depression all winter, no longer caring about the cattle drive or the ranch, and contemplating what to do about Newt. Before leaving in the spring, he puts Newt in charge of the ranch and gives him his horse, his rifle, and his family watch, but still cannot bring himself to claim the boy as his son.
Newt is inwardly upset but accepts the gifts nonetheless. Call, ashamed of himself, leaves the ranch. Call retrieves Gus' body, packed in a coffin with salt and charcoal, and begins the long journey south. In Nebraska, he gives Gus' letters to Clara and Lorena. Clara considers the journey a whimsical folly typical of Gus and urges Call to bury him on her ranch, but Call refuses, having given Gus his word. Clara tells Call she despises him as a "vain coward" for refusing to claim Newt as his son,  and he leaves Nebraska haunted by her condemnation.
The story of the cowboy transporting his dead friend's body spreads across the plains, and Call takes a circuitous route through Colorado and New Mexico to avoid the increasing attention. Call visits Blue Duck in his jail cell, and the Indian taunts him, pointing out that he raided, killed, raped, and kidnapped with impunity throughout his life despite the best efforts of the Texas Rangers.
On the day of his hanging, Blue Duck tackles the sheriff's deputy who caught him through an upper-story courthouse window, killing them both.
Arriving back in Texas exhausted and despondent, Call buries Gus by the spring in San Antonio, true to his word. He then rides on to Lonesome Dove, where the cook Bolivar, who had abandoned the cattle drive before it left Texas, is delighted to see him again.
In town, Call finds that the saloon has burned down; the proprietor was in love with Lorena and committed suicide after her departure. Lonesome Dove was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The novel received favorable reviews. In the New York Times , Nicholas Lemann praised the novel as "thrilling and almost perfectly realized," calling it "the great cowboy novel.
McMurtry himself eventually expressed dissatisfaction with the popularity of the novel, particularly after the miniseries adaptation. In the preface to the edition he wrote: I thought I had written about a harsh time and some pretty harsh people, but, to the public at large, I had produced something nearer to an idealization; instead of a poor man's Inferno , filled with violence, faithlessness and betrayal, I had actually delivered a kind of Gone With The Wind of the West, a turnabout I'll be mulling over for a long, long time.
The series was a commercial and critical success,   eventually garnering a cult following. According to McMurtry, Gus and Call were not modeled after historical characters, but there are similarities with real-life cattle drivers Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. Goodnight himself appears as a minor but generally sympathetic character in this novel, and more so in the sequel, Streets of Laredo , and the prequels Dead Man's Walk and Comanche Moon.
According to McMurtry's memoir, Books: A Memoir , the ultimate sources for Gus and Call were Quixote, the crazy old knight, and Sancho, the peasant pragmatist, from Don Quixote. He stated: Between the two is where fiction, as I've mostly read and written it, lives.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the novel. For the TV miniseries, see Lonesome Dove miniseries. Dewey Decimal. Main article: Lonesome Dove miniseries. Novels portal. Texas Monthly. Retrieved 17 December Lonesome Dove. New York Times. Retrieved 25 July He was a great man and a great tracker. Roscoe is another character who cracked me up.
He was so innocent and funny. I loved the relationship between him and the little girl, Janey. I didn't really care for Jake at all. If they never listened to him none of the bad things would have happened. I felt bad for him for a minute when he ended up with the Suggs boys and what happened to him in that situation. I felt bad for Lorena and all that happened to her. I loved the relationship between her and Gus. I loved Newt who could not love Newt. I really wish he could have gotten better closure at the end of the book.
I just know that if you have been putting off reading this book, don't, go ahead and get to it. I think 9 times out of 10, you won't regret it! View all 74 comments. I was only willing to read this book because a friend told me I had to.
When I was thirty pages into it and complaining to him about being unable to handle any more discussion about horses and beans, he made me a bet: If I got to page out of , mind you and I still didn't enjoy it, he'd take me out to dinner at any restaurant I wanted in New York City.
If at page I had warmed up to it, I had to finish. I don't think I made it past the 60th page before I knew I had "lost" the bet. The I was only willing to read this book because a friend told me I had to. The characters in this story are more real than in any other book I've read. I came to absolutely love characters I was so thoroughly annoyed with earlier in the book. I feel that the depth of the characters allowed me to do something I can rarely do with the real people I encounter on a daily basis in my life -- to truly know each and every one of them so fully and so deeply so as to be able to wholly sympathize with them and genuinely understand the motivations behind their actions, no matter how much I might disapprove.
I was so engrossed in this book that I had no problem regularly making a fool of myself in public places - on the subway, in coffee shops - gasping, weeping, and shouting "Nuh-uh! Except for one character's brief mention of "well, they didn't invite us on this land," the issues surrounding white settlers effectively stealing the land of another people is not addressed.
It's something to try to constantly keep in mind for sure, but not something to keep you from reading this fantastic book. View all 32 comments. Larry McMurtry is considered one of America's master story tellers.
His novels include Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show, as well as the screenplay to Brokeback Mountain, which later became award winning films. It seems fitting that I began his definitive work, Pulitzer winning Lonesome Dove, on his birthday, June 3. A story of Texas Rangers and winning the western frontier, which later encouraged McMurtry to create a tetralogy, Lonesome Dove is considered the foremost work of American western fiction.
Call ride as Texas Rangers for nearly thirty years, keeping the new state safe from Indians, Mexicans, and ruffians following the completion of the Civil War. By the time of the volume's opening, however, Mexicans decided to stay on their side of the Rio Grande and most Indians had cleared out of south Texas, leaving the area to law abiding citizens.
Even though the two never tired completely of rangering, they founded the Hat Creek Outfit, a stables outside of Lonesome Dove, a settlement close to the Mexican border. It is here that McCrae and Call got their team of Rangers back together for one final adventure before they ride off into the sunset. Creating a large cast of characters and multiple storylines that eventually meet up, McMurtry creates a western novel that is more than the story of cowboys and Indians. Former ranger Jake Spoon, a good guy turned outlaw, convinced Call to move thousands of cattle and start the first ranch north of the Milk River in Montana.
At the time unexplored territory, Call is up for the challenge and assembles a team of cowboys to make the journey north. The group, full of colorful personalities, got more than they bargained for on the trip. Most thought it was to be a journey, get paid, and then return home to Lonesome Dove. They did not sign up for river crossings, sandstorms, and skirmishes with Indians and grizzly bears. Yet, Call desires to conquer virgin territory and make a name for himself as one of the pioneers of the Montana land grab.
McCrae signs up for the journey as a last hurrah with his lifelong friend. Yet even he gets more than he asked for on the trip. A carefree persona happy to sit back with a glass of whiskey and a deck of cards, McCrae would rather be outside a saloon in Lonesome Dove than on a two thousand mile journey north. Yet, the thought of seeing the love of his life Clara Allen at the midway point of the trek, spurs McCrae to join up.
Along the way, he saves a whore named Lorena from a vile Indian named Blue Duck and becomes her guardian, only to find himself when he meets with Clara once and for all. This story line tugged on my emotions the most as McMurtry weaves multiple characters' stories together to form a nexus at Clara's ranch.
It is here that both the cowboys and their loves must make key decisions that are vital to the duration of the novel. McMurtry makes Lonesome Dove more than just a story of cowboys by informing his readers of key events that have taken place to change the course of the American west. He touches on the plight of the Indians who in the s are still fighting off the cavalry and cowboys for control of the great land grab.
The army, settlers, and Indians all think that the land belongs to them, setting the stage for epic battle scenes, none as brutal as those involving Blue Duck. He also has the cowboys in their dialogue describe how if they are not careful all of the buffalo will be gone soon, so the men enjoy watching and running with the great creatures while they are still able. McMurtry also touches on the place of women in society as he describes in detail the characters of Lorena, Clara, and a wandering soul named Elmira.
All three are limited in choices between marriage and whoring, and in the end Clara desires a brighter future for both Lorena and her two daughters. While I enjoyed the multiple story lines, the place of women, the character studies, and history, the journey from Texas to Montana is what kept me reading this volume. At pages in length, the novel is fast reading as I desired to see the resolution of this complex story that McMurtry has created. Now that I have completed and left behind Lonesome Dove, I am ready to return again as the writing was captivating and held my attention throughout.
I hope to return to the tetralogy at some point, but I would like to savor this 5 star read for awhile first. View all 76 comments. Feb 02, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing. The account of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. This is a very long novel which is nevertheless always compelling. It contains memorable characters whose adventures are narrated in a deceptively straightforward style.
What impresses me most about this book is that the fates of the characters are neither cornily predictable nor deliberately surprising. The book's great length allows life to happen to them as it happens to all of us.
We have the leisure to observe them carefully, and we are gl The account of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. We have the leisure to observe them carefully, and we are glad that we have come along for the "drive.
View all 20 comments. Epic Fans and Western Fans. Are you looking for the most Western book ever? If so, Lonesome Dove better be in your search! This was a fantastic epic journey!
I am glad I took this one slowly over the course of several months so that I could savor it. That must have been a chore!
Every chapter was a story in itself, every page added to the characters, atmosphere, drama, etc. No filler. No boring parts. Everything Are you looking for the most Western book ever? Everything in Lonesome Dove is there for a reason and helps to make this one of the best Westerns ever.
The Story — The American West was not clean. The American West was not forgiving. This book does not pull any punches when it comes to setting the mood for what life was really like as the American West was settled. Cowboys, bandits, whore houses, fur trappers, buffalo hunters, Native Americans, etc. Those things did happen, so when telling stories about them, it is easy to do it wrong and make a book uncomfortable to read.
I did not feel that was the case here even when things were at their most shocking in this story. The Characters — So many wonderful and interesting characters!
I love that McMurtry took the time to flesh all of them out and make sure that even some of the minor characters have more heart and soul than some of the main characters in other books. And, part of what is great about this is how real the characters are; they are not written so we think all the good guys are perfect or all the bad guys are bad. You soon realize that anything is possible for any character and nothing feels forced to make a point.
The movement of all the lives together is very organic. Needless to say, a very satisfying character study. The Atmosphere — You want to feel like you are in the Old West. Read this book. Summary — I am sure by now you can tell this book blew me away. I would highly recommend it, but it may not be for everyone. If you are not a fan of Epics, it is probably not for you. If you have a hard time with real, raw, and often not pretty scenes in books, this also may not be for you not quite as bad as Cormac McCarthy in Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West , but still pretty intense!
If you are fans of books like Gone with the Wind by Mitchell or Centennial by Michener and you have not read this book, you must! You really, really, really must read this book!
View all 73 comments. This is one of my favoritest books ever. It has the bonus of not only being an incredible book but also having an excellent companion piece in the television mini-series based on it that is one of the great all-time fusions of print and film.
It only managed to take best director and a few other technical prizes. Worse yet, none of the actors nominated won. Hey, Emmy voters of ! Why do I say the story is perfect? Start with the characters. Gus also delights in giving Call grief about young Newt, a boy they took in after the death of his mother. Their dull routine is broken when their old friend and fellow ex-Ranger Jake Spoon shows up.
Jake, who is another candidate to be Newt's dad, is looking for a hiding place after accidentally shooting a man in Arkansas, and he fears that the sheriff, July Johnson, will be after him. He wants to be the first to drive a herd to the Montana territory and start a ranch there. Call soon has started hiring men and stealing Mexican cattle for the drive.
Gus says that Call is going to get them all killed just to have another adventure in a wild frontier, but he goes along to see his old sweetheart Clara who is living in Nebraska. This book has everything that anyone could want in a story. And all of this is set during those last moments when America was still half-wild and anyone with the gumption to do so could throw together a herd of cattle and go out into the wilderness to make history or lose their scalp.
View all 54 comments. Absolutely everyone! Hands Down my Favourite Book in First of all the physical; the book I see looking up at me from my coffee table. It looks worn, well thumbed, well read, pages and cover alike, beginning to curl up, and soiled by use. Well that and all the casual I take books with me acquaintances, to the one, they all had to pick it up, look it over. It may look well rode, but it still feels soft, warm and pliant in my hand.
I long to go back……. When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake — not a very big one.
It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs. They were having a fine tug-of-war with it, and its rattling days were over. The sow had it by the neck and the shoat by the tail.
Pigs on the porch just made things hotter and things were already hot enough. He stepped down into the dusty yard and walked around to the springhouse to get his jug. The sun was still high, sulled in the sky like a mule, but Augustus had a keen eye for sun, and to his eye the long light from the west had taken on an encouraging slant.
And so it begins. I have read a number of different reviews; many of which discuss how long it took for them to get invested in the story. It has been quite a journey. Make no mistake; I spent time with all of the Hat Creek Cattle Company, not just the ex-rangers, as they drove their herd out of Texas and across the Great Plains, bound for Montana. I pined with Dish, listened to the Irish sing, and the remuda nicker and whinny.
I ate dust with Newt on the heels of the herd and scouted for water and crossings with Deets.
I was there for the water moccasins, the grizzlies and the cloud of grasshoppers, not to mention Blue Duck, one of the most frightening, sinister men ever ; he made the hair on the back of my neck, my arms and everywhere else stand, stock still at attention.
I am just skimming the surface here, there are others with tales to tell, like July Johnson, the painfully shy sheriff from Arkansas, searching for his wife and Clara, the dark haired beauty with the scorching tongue in Nebraska, who may just sear you with her words. But back at the fire I would curl up and listen to Gus talk, reassured by his very presence, as we have a drink, play a hand or two and prepare to bed down. Amid all the words, in all the books, on all of the pages I have ever travelled, never before have I met a man so damn finely crafted, so carefully rendered, so agonizingly authentic as Augustus McCrae.
It is as though I know him for real.
I enjoy his company and even now, miss his conversation. Yes, I want to go back……….. I god, folks, seriously, what is happening here? I do not read westerns. Fact is, were I not a member of this wonderful on line community of book lovers, chances are pretty good that I would never have read this book. Do not make that mistake and yes, I Thank You one and all!
View all 83 comments. My introduction to the fiction of Larry McMurtry is Lonesome Dove , consistently ranked as one of the best westerns whether the conversation is print or television. Published the year of the Texas Sesquicentennial in and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year, the magnum opus is a magnificent exploration of male friendship, with a dozen supporting characters of both genders who McMurtry could've dedicated a novella to and often attempts to over pages.
The bantering My introduction to the fiction of Larry McMurtry is Lonesome Dove , consistently ranked as one of the best westerns whether the conversation is print or television. The bantering becomes a beast of its own and the story padding crosses over into self-indulgence, but there's no question that there's a masterful novel in here. Somewhere along the border of Texas and Mexico in the late s lies the town of Lonesome Dove, which consists of little more than a dry saloon and a livery stable.
The stable is operated by two retired Texas Rangers: A two-time widower and a bachelor, respectively, the men lead Joshua Deets a black scout from their rangering days , Peaeye Parker an ex-ranger who is loyal but none too bright , Newt Dobbs the seventeen year old progeny of a prostitute and in all likelihood, Call and Bolivar an ill-tempered cook who enjoys clanging the dinner bell with a crowbar.
Having dedicated their prime to eliminating the threat of Comanche Indians or Mexican bandits to Texas, Gus and Call have spent nine years operating the Hat Creek Cattle Company, stabling horses, stealing fresh ones south of the border for sale and little else. When he's not drinking whiskey on the porch or jawing, Augustus visits the Dry Bean for a card game or a poke with the town's sporting lady, a cool blonde named Lorena Wood who dreams of traveling to San Francisco, but needs a dependable man to get her there.
Call, whose favorite pastime is sitting at the river crossing after dinner hoping he might catch a horse thief, hungers for a challenge. Call was not a man to daydream--that was Gus's department--but then it wasn't really daydreaming he did, alone on the little bluff at night. It was just thinking back to the years when a man who presumed to stake out a Comanche trail would do well to keep his rifle cocked.
Yet the fact that he had taken to thinking back annoyed him, too: Sometimes he would force himself to get up and walk two or three more miles up the river and back, just to get the memories out of his head.
Not until he felt alert again--felt that he could still captain if the need arose--would he return to Lonesome Dove. The next morning, Deets returns from San Antonio with Jake Spoon, a comrade from their rangering days whose love for ladies and aversion to work has led him to a career as a gambler.
Jake had overstayed his welcome in Fort Smith, Arkansas when an argument with a mule skinner led to the accidental shooting of the town dentist, brother to the sheriff. Jake beats it to Lonesome Dove for the protection of his old friends. Lorena falls under the spell of the rogue, wounding the heart of a top cowhand named Dish Boggett who's in love with her, while Call is seduced by Jake's tales of pristine territory he's scouted in Montana, wide open to a ranching operation.
Receiving an order for forty horses from a cattleman driving his herd to Nebraska, the men cross into Mexico, where it's Call's mission to steal one hundred horses, download some cattle and drive them to Montana to make their own fortune. Their stolen ponies collide with a herd driven south by horse thieves, multiplying their holdings.
Call begins hiring hands and convinces Gus--who realizes there won't be anyone left to talk to but the pigs--to come along on the journey. Jake prefers a card game to work or to keeping his promise to take Lorena to San Francisco, but Gus convinces him to accompany her and them as far as Denver, knowing it would satisfy Lorena, entertain himself and infuriate Call.
Dangers on the trail include sand storms, stampedes, lightning strikes, nests of water moccasins in a swollen river and a barbarous Comanchero named Blue Duck, who abducts Lorena while Jake is off gambling.
Rescued by Gus, her recovery is complicated by the discovery that he intends to reunite with an old flame in Nebraska named Clara Allen, the love he never got over. His hapless deputy Roscoe Brown goes after them once his boss's wife Elmira Boot Johnson promptly vanishes, headed for Nebraska with buffalo hunters to find her first husband.
The whiskey boat stank, and the men on it stank, but Elmira was not sorry she had taken the passage. She had a tiny little cubbyhole among the whiskey casks, with a few planks and some buffalo skins thrown over it to keep the rain out, but she spent most of her time sitting at the rear of the boat, watching the endless flow of brown water.
Some days were so hot that the air above the water shimmered and the shore become indistinct; others days a chill rain blew and she wrapped herself in one of the buffalo robes and kept fairly dry. The rain was welcome, for it discouraged the fleas.
They made her sleep uneasy, but it was a small price to pay for escaping from Fort Smith. She had lived where there were fleas before, and worse things than fleas.
McMurtry's indulgences with epic storytelling and the tendency of his minor characters to behave like idiots--their misplaced devotion leading them on foolhardy quests in pursuit of lovers who want nothing more of them--seem to go hand in hand.
I could have done without the July Johnson and Elmira Boot subplots. McMurtry's banter as instigated by Gus is often amusing, sometimes profound, but there's too much of it. The overkill is balanced by the tremendous appeal of Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call, the archetypal visionary and practical man.
Their company is stocked with archetypes I recognized, co-workers who were far from Texas Rangers or even cowboys but exhibited many of the same qualities as Deets, Pea or Jake Spoon. McMurtry's facility with dialogue, character and description all brought to bear on Lonesome Dove. In addition to his terrific banter-- where men debate whether it is pigs or horses who are smarter or work through the great mysteries of women or death--I liked how devoted McMurtry was to exploring the relationship between two men.
Like a marriage, Gus and Call love each other, but are getting fed up.
I saw quite a bit of myself in the character of Woodrow Call, a gift for an author to pull off. As antagonists go, Blue Duck has no equal. The period detail is spare but I felt I had an extremely clear proscenium on what the Old West was like as McMurtry took me through it.
The Streets of Laredo was envisioned as a deconstruction, with cowboys facing their mortality. Twelve years later, McMurtry bought the rights to his script treatment and developed Lonesome Dove. View all 28 comments. I approached Lonesome Dove with some trepidation. Investing a few weeks could have been risky The plot is full of incident and high excitement, the human stories are emotionally gripping and there is a lovely, wry humour throughout.
The book is also surprisingly brutal in places. Life is often I approached Lonesome Dove with some trepidation.
Most of the book concerns a cattle drive, a great, messy, lumbering affair that acts as a backdrop to the lives and loves of the characters. As the outfit navigate their way across thousands of inhospitable miles without gps or weather forecasts, they are under constant threat from Indians, bandits and ill health - doctors are extremely rare. There are many white knuckle adventures along the way and survival is random and unpredictable. The savage, untamed landscape also drives much of the story, as the ramshackle group traverse vast prairies, deserts and mesquite covered scrubland - through dust storms, droughts, monsoon like rain, snow and plagues of crickets.
What most lingers in the memory though, are the people and their stories, the every day dramas and dreams of the Hat Creek outfit. Their strengths and failings, wisdom and fears, become important to the reader. Like old friends I felt real affection for them An illusion or cliche certainly, but as the last lurid sunset colours the prairie and I close the book for the last time, I can definitely still hear their voices.
Lonesome Dove is an immense and wonderfully sustained piece of writing View all 81 comments. My first time reading a Pulitzer winner and it is truly an epic story in every sense. A book that left me happy, sad, angry, and teary at times. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call are two retired rangers who run a cattle company in a small town called Lonesome Dove. Whereas Augustus is very talkative Call is the opposite, talking only when it is necessary. An odd pair to be friends.
Everything is going fine and suddenly out of nowhere an old friend, Jake Spoon, makes an appearance out of nowhere. Jake Spoon by mistake has murdered a doctor in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and is now wanted for same.
How green it is and there is no one to claim it. Call gets all anxious to be to first to claim it and soon he starts his journey from Texas to Montana with some cattle. I absolutely love the characters in the book. McMurtry has done a wonderful job in carving them.
He has paid an equal attention to primary and secondary characters telling us about their backgrounds and how it effects their present. I laughed with them, I cried with them, felt their pain, indecisiveness, sometimes I hated them for their foolishness but in the end I loved them all.
Augustus McCrae, a non-stop talker, someone who can argue on a subject for countless hours. Fellow rangers worship him, though not for his talkativeness, but for he is a good man.
I came to love his truthfulness and boldness. He is blunt but also helpful. Someone who keep his promises and has a good heart. So a request to everyone who has this one on their tbr, please read it asap and if you don't have it on your tbr even then go ahead and read it for this is an awesome read. View all 12 comments. Dec 13, Fabian rated it really liked it. I enjoy reading but McMurtry asks way too much. This epic tale spans thousands of miles from the Old West TX to the as-of-yet-up-for-grabs land of Montana.
The best stuff here is the campfire philosophy of Gus, and his incredible relationship with the solemn Woodrow Call is the stuff that legend is made of. The book refuses to end though, and despite the authenticity of this far away world it is the Lord of the Ring I enjoy reading but McMurtry asks way too much.
The book refuses to end though, and despite the authenticity of this far away world it is the Lord of the Rings of Western classics , I could not help but feel that the different story lines, of the outlaws, whores and fellow pioneers went nowhere.
A life lesson in everything? Would the plot have suffered if more chapters had been edited out? Perhaps the bigness is part of the whole Lonesome Dove Experience.
But sometimes I did want it to end I'll admit the cowboys sometimes more than overstayed their welcome. View all 8 comments. Mar 04, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Retired Texas Rangers Woodrow F. Will they make it alive? When I was a lad, around the time the glaciers receded and civilization began, I was enthralled with a certain TV miniseries.
It was, in fact, Lonesome Dove. Though it took a couple decades, I finally made myself read the book the miniseries was based on and I've very glad I did. Lonesome Dove is an epic set in the dying days of the Old West. On the surface, it's the story of two men entering old age and going on one last adventure. Digging a little deeper, it's a story about friendship, loyalty, obsession, and carving out a new place for yourself in a world that's moved on without you.
The tale of a cattle drive across three thousand miles of prairie doesn't sound that interesting on the surface but McMurtry's tale is populated with a colorful cast of characters. While being opposite in terms of personality, they both still have enough grit to be believable as former Texas Rangers and I have no trouble believing in their friendship. The supporting cast also has its share of gems, like gambler and former Texas Ranger Jake Spoon, Arkansas sheriff July Johnson, former whore Lorena Wood, Gus's former love Clara, and Newt, the son of a dead whore whose father has yet to acknowledge him.
While the book has an epic scope, the shifting viewpoints and colorful characters make it very accessible and a quick read for a book of its size.