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  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075282757X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752827575
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The New York Times Book Review" A worthy end to an important trilogy, one that captures vividly and movingly nearly half a century of life in a great swath of America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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McMurtry has published 21 novels (the best-known listed above). He also operates antiquarian bookshops in Washington DC, Texas and Arizona.

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Two years into his sixties, Duane Moore - a man who had driven pickups for as long as he had been licensed to drive - parked his pickup in his own carport one day and began to walk wherever he went. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read any of Larry McMurty before, I did see and enjoy the televised version of the 'Lonesome Dove' but for the most part that book and the others in the series are a bit too brutal for me - however, I really enjoyed this book, it's a shame I hadn't picked up on the fact that it was the last book of a trilogy! There is something very comfortable (for the reader) about the way Duane's life starts to disintegrate, his need for peace and quiet and his attempt to improve the quality of his life is something that will ring bells for anyone who has at some point wondered what the hell they are doing in this strangely facile life that most manage to live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
As the price of books continues to escalate, I find that I am continually cutting back on the authors whose books I automatically buy in hardback without consulting any reviews. As my all-time-favourite author, Larry McMurtry is at the top of this shrinking list - even though on occasion one of his books might disappoint me (The Late Child being a recent case in point). I'm glad to say that Duane's Depressed equals anything in McMurtry's recent output, with the possible exception of Comanche Moon (and, of course, Lonesome Dove just over a decade ago). I thoroughly enjoyed this book, read it in about two days, will return to it again, and recommend it to everyone, especially casual McMurtry readers. It's funny, sad, moving, and entertaining, and a wonderful closure to the forty-plus years of the Duane Moore saga. (Incidentally, I'm still waiting for that ultimate McMurtry book in which he ties together characters from every single book he has previously written!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I hated "The Last Picture Show." Maybe it was because I had seen the film first. The humor in the novel seemed out of place, for some reason. On the other hand, the humor in "Texasville" was appropriate, making it a much better novel. "Duane's Depressed" is the best of the three, mainly because it is unexpected. I had no idea what direction this novel was going to follow, especially after "Texasville." Duane reads Proust, rides a bike, gives his dog to a prostitute, and sees a psychiatrist. These hardly seem to be central events of a great novel, but McMurtry makes it all work. Reminds me of Call bringing Gus' corpse back to Texas, for some reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
In a word - surprised. This trilogy has a consistent quality that McMurtry did not even approach with the Lonesome Dove series. Maybe starting a story in the middle and working sequel, pre-prequel and then prequel and is just too hard. And the money's the same, good or bad. I did not love this as much as I despised Dead Man's Walk, but I thought that things were wrapped up well. Since you know that he's liable to kill off just about anyone at anytime, the deaths in this book while they invoke some melancholy, didn't jolt you like those in Lonesome Dove. Larry McMurtry at his best makes me laugh out loud. That happened more often than usual in Duane's Depressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time McMurtry fan, I approached Duane's Depressed with caution given the quality of the 'Last Picture Show' and 'Texasville' and the disappointing 'later'sequals 'The Late Child' and 'The Evening Star'. However any concerns that Mr McMurtry has lost his touch are put to rest in this surprisingly strong and touching conclusion to the Thalia trilogy.
McMurtry's storytelling is always entertaining, and what makes Duane's Depressed so worthwhile is this ability to keep readers interested and involved for over 400 pages. This is certainly one of his more mature works and well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catdog21uk on 4 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
Duane's Depressed deals with the aspect of mental illness in a way that is touching and close to the heart. The 3rd book in a triology but can be read alone. A must read which is hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smallstar on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This story of a man's need to change his life and how he goes about it is just brilliant! Duane leaves nearly everything in his life, but gets a better, more satisfying life in the process.

Larry McMurtry paints a picture of a man and his community in spare prose that can sum up a entire life in about 4 words. It is funny and sad, often at the same time. I am now going to read the others in the trilogy, and I can't wait for them to arrive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
A beautifully written account of a mans realisation that he needs to change his life and how he does it. Tender and funny.
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