Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

A Novel

Book - 1985
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A love story and an epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Richly authentic, beautifully written, Lonesome Dove is a book to make readers laugh, weep, dream and remember. Now a blockbuster television event.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon and Schuster, c1985.
ISBN: 9780671504205
0671504207
Characteristics: 843 p.

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colgeo Jun 30, 2017

One of my all time favorite novels! Love Augustus and Woodrow.

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jezicuhh
May 01, 2017

To quote another reader's review, don't be intimidated by the size of this book! Once I saw how thick it was when I went to pick it up from the hold shelf, I almost didn't check it out. That would have been a huge mistake.

I have never felt more rewarded by finishing a book, and not only due to its size. This book was utterly addictive - I would wake up thinking about what I read the night before, craving my next chance to read it. When a day went by where I didn't get to read any of the book, I was literally sad!

I never would think a young female like myself could enjoy an 800+ page western novel - I WAS WRONG! It was rewarding to finish this book because it had some of the strongest character development I have ever read. I feel like I personally know each and every character in the book. The writing style is simple enough to make it an addictive read, but detailed enough to really give a sense of each individual character. Which is important, because Lonesome Dove has a pretty sizable list of characters!

In short, Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is a classic and a story I will never forget!

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cstasney
Apr 07, 2017

Loved it.

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Sherrie_K
Jan 02, 2016

What an addictive read.
The genius development of characters left me craving more.
I hate that its over.
Wow! What a book!
What brilliant pacing.
You are in for a treat with this book

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lukasevansherman
Jul 28, 2015

"It's funny leaving a place, ain't it?" he said. "You never do know when you'll get back."
Larry McMurtry's sprawling, big-hearted, long-winded, Pulitzer-winning western novel. While the western is one of the most significant American genres, there are few great western novels, as it attracted a lot of pulp writers and few "serious" writers. Texan McMurtry, who also wrote "Terms of Endearment" and "The Last Picture Show," incorporates elements of classic westerns, while updating them for a contemporary audience. You can't fault his vision or ambition, but you can fault the length (945 in my edition) and slowness of the book. Really, it's a bromance between the two cowboys, Gus and Call. It's a major American novel, but you're in for a long haul. Made into an acclaimed mini-series with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Followed by "Streets of Laredo."

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JCLHebahA
Jul 22, 2015

Colorful characters populate this gritty, intense western. It's a long read, but a rewarding one so long as a lack of character shields isn't a deal-breaker; life in the West was tough, and McMurtry doesn't shy away from conveying that.

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kelseybaldwin
Jul 29, 2014

Don't let the the size of the book hold you back! I enjoyed this book cover to cover. It is well written and vivid, but not overdone or a challenge to read.

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candle
Jun 13, 2014

There has never been a book I have enjoyed more than this one. I read many many books, but this is the only one I would read twice.

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ipomoea
Aug 25, 2013

Absolutely stunning, and made me reconsider my disdain for Westerns. The perfect book to ask your dad about.

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candle
Jul 04, 2013

There has ever been a book I enjoyed as much as this one. I read many many books, but this is the only one I would read twice.

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