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Lonesome Dove [Paperback]

Larry Mcmurtry
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5 Aug 2011

It begins in the office of The Hat Creek Cattle Company of the Rio Grande.

It ends as a journey into the heart of every adventurer who ever lived . . .

From the author of The Last Picture Show and Texasville – here is Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. A powerful, triumphant portrayal of the American West as it really was.

More than a love story, more than an adventure, Lonesome Dove is an epic: a monumental novel which embraces the spirit of the last defiant wilderness of America.

Legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers – Lonesome Dove is the central, enduring American experience dramatically recreated in a magnificent story of heroism and love; of honour, loyalty and betrayal.


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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447203054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447203056
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you read only one western novel in your life, read "Lonesome Dove"."--"USA Today" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Larry McMurtry was born in Texas. His first novel, Horseman, Pass By, was filmed as Hud; his second, Leaving Cheyenne, was filmed as Lovin' Molly; his third, The Last Picture Show, also filmed, won him full-scale recognition in the United States. The cinematic treatment of Terms of Endearment swept the boards at the 1984 Academy Awards, winning Oscars in several categories including Best Picture.

Larry McMurtry now lives in Washington, where he runs a bookshop.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering! 5 Mar 2012
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I have just completed a novel of approaching 900 pages that I wished never to end. It is quite magnificent, so much so that it feels like an impertinence to offer even the most lavish praise. I'm sure that it is not only in the heat of the moment that I'd claim for it a quite remarkable power - a power to change and enhance sensibility that I can't easily find a rival to match. By turn it is intelligent, perceptive, stomach-churning, delicate, richly funny (I, too, like another reviewer found myself laughing out loud) and throughout infused with the most generous love of humanity with all its weaknesses and follies. It has a cast of sharply realised individuals with whom even amongst the most degenerate, with perhaps one exception, we can find windows into aspects of ourselves. Without doubt the best novel I have read for many a long year, indeed since "Blood Meridian" and "The Border Trilogy". A parallel study would be fascinating but not something I propose to embark on here! I have yet to see the film, but the casting sounds inspired. Blurbs deal so often in trite superlatives for the mediocre at best so it is difficult to register the full impact of something so very special. I realise I have said nothing of its contents. It seems to me too great to be pigeon-holed into a genre. The setting is vital but there is scarcely anything that does not transcend the shifting locale, richly evoked as it is. A few inadequate words that I yet hope may encourage others to read this tremendous book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterly tale of western adventure 30 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was first drawn to Lonesome Dove because of its Pulitzer Prize winning pedigree. Having never read a western novel before I didn't know what to expect. But if want an authentic, exciting and intelligent adventure story then look no further. The journey of The Hat Creek Cattle Company is one that you just might never want to come to an end as you share the trail with Captain Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae. Lonesome Dove spawned prequels and sequels, none of which quite reach the heights of the original, not because they were inferior books, but because the first in the series is such a difficult act to follow. If you've never read a western before then try Lonesome Dove and like me you might just be in for an unexpected treat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LD IS THE GREATEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN!!! 27 Mar 2012
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Lonesome Dove is truly just one of those novels. Yes, it's that novel you're desperately looking for every time you're after something new to read, something that will grip you, that you will live every day to read until it is done, whose characters you will WANT to be with, to KNOW how they fare. It is beautifully written, charming and wonderful, epic and adventurous; and yes, it is a western. Very few westerns are good, let alone BRILLIANT. Since reading Lonesome Dove, I have searched the entire western cannon for anything near as good, and the only other book that ever came close was Kit Cope Rides the High Country. Josey Wales: Gone To Texas & The Vengeance Trail Of Josey Wales [Two Westerns is also probably the only other western out there that will grip you as a book should. I'm not sure why, but westerns are usually low-quality. But I promise you, Lonesome Dove is considered by many to be one of the greatest novels every written, western or not. I have read it 8 times, and searched endlessly for something half as good, and the two other novels I mentioned are the only two I ever found. If you have already read Lonesome Dove, I highly recommend them, if you haven't read Lonesome Dove, READ IT NOW!!! It is a love song to beautiful writing, to wonderful plotting, to great, deep, authentic characters. Everything that is good about writing is here in abundance, IT WON THE PULITZER PRIZE AFTER ALL, AND FOR A VERY GOOD REASON! READ IT READ IT READ IT!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful epic character driven saga. 4 Sep 2011
By Mr. R. N. Lock VINE VOICE
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This is a great adventure novel with great characters. It's written with wit and character building that is wonderfully entertaining. It's a sweeping saga that takes you into the heart of a western country that won't easily be forgotten afterwards - Larry Mc McMurtry has a great style of writing and he draws you into a land of harshness and opportunity - moving you from pathos to comedy and to many other emotions as the story unfolds. It's a wonderful epic and it will keep you engaged long into the night.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great American novels! 10 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Lonesome Dove (Mass Market Paperback)
I just reread this book again and was reminded how truly wonderful it is. I originally read it years ago and if anything enjoyed it more this time. I don't read many westerns, but this is truly something more. A book all Americans should read. For a great eread set in the modern American west do try "Across the High Lonesome," a book I picked up after seeing it recommended by Mr. McMurtry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lonesome dove 30 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
i was given this book by a friend who loved it.i didn't hold much hope of getting through it, it seemed so long. but one winters day i had nothing else to read and embarked on this. it was the best book i think i have ever read, it wasn't long enough! you know the feeling when you're reading a book and you just can't wait to get back to it. I annoyed a lot of friends because i wouldn't put this book down. when i finished it i bought copies for them too, so they could understand and forgive me.this is a great book to get compleatly absorbed in. I want to go and read it again now.
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Great book, very sad to have finished it. Once you start part II you won't want to put it down.
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This book is great, it arrived within days of purchase and is a hard back ex library book in excellent condition I only wish I could get Comanche moon hard back from the same... Read more
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Gripping from the outset. An epic journey, captured in every respect by the author. Grave, graphic, and full of words unsaid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning Western novel
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never read a book quite like it - should have been twice as long as I couldnt put it down. spoilt me for every book in the following year!! a truly amazing book
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Lh Tarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Something to get your teeth into
A great read. You really feel like your making the epic journey with the cowboys. However, I found the ending is a little unsatisfactory.
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The portrayal of the characters was skillful and demonstrated a good understanding of people, behavior and personalities. Read more
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There are very few novels that I read more than once, but Lonesome Dove is likely to be one of them. Read more
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Best book I have read in such a long time,did not want it to end. Loved every word on every page.if your going to read a classic novel you won't find better.
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