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The Evening Star [Paperback]

Larry Mcmurtry
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1 Jun 2000
It has been 15 years since Emma's death from cancer and Aurora is reluctantly entering her 70s. She is still imperious, self-indulgent and impossible, but she is also still adept at charming and manipulating her suitors. However, for Aurora and her friend Rosie, it is now the time of evening.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752834568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752834566
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,412,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Entertainment Weekly" McMurtry is back on familiar ground: the humid freeways of Houston, land of strong-willed, lusty, indomitable women and the spineless men who inevitably fail them....Endlessly inventive. --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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A briliant portrait of the modern british men. 15 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Board book
While everyone is so worried about the future and its probrems, here is one guy who menages to describe in a perfect way, the troubles of being a man of 30 or something in a small but interesting village in the middle of nowhere, strugling to keep the woman he loves, while fighting his natural impulses of spreading his seed, and avoiding the strong influence of a so called best friend. just unmissible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly depressing for a comic novel. 1 Mar 2012
Format:Board book
This book is a fast-paced read, and is very readable. It is aimed very much at a "bloke" market, so being female, I do understand I am not the target audience at all, which is probably why I found it rather depressing, even though parts of it were very amusing.

Also, it was first published in the late 1970s, so a lot of society's attitudes have changed since then - killing people whilst drinking and driving, and positively encouraging drunk driving and finding it funny aren't the norm any more, and are not generally socially acceptable, whereas it was when the book was written (and a chunk of the book hinges on this). Also, if a man of 32 got a rather dim 20 year old student pregnant, he wouldn't be expected instantly go about divorcing his wife to marry her, especially when he wasn't too keen on being a parent anyway. Oh yes, and women gave up their jobs the moment they got married (yes, yes, I know it was normal for the time for their social group, I must keep telling myself that!).

Without giving too much of the plot away, this novel concerns a 32 year old man who is having a mid-life crisis. He's been diagnosed as infertile, but this doesn't really seem to be connected to his random casual sex with strangers. After lots of partner-swapping, and lots of alcohol, it has a rather unhappy ending for everyone concerned. (It's a bit like one of the exercises we used to be set in English lessons in school - write a story of no more than 1500 words picking up the story 5 years later. It wouldn't be a jolly follow-up.)

It does have some funny lines, and I'm just giving it 3 stars because I am inevitably seeing it from a 21st century point of view - I wasn't born when this book was published, and the attitudes seem like a whole different world to me. It's kind of uncomfortable to read for a woman, there's a lot of misogyny. Women are either sex objects or apes or mothers. They don't have their own distinct personalities.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book...... 30 Aug 2010
Format:Board book
....I've ever read. Typical Guy Bellamy characters in typical Guy Bellamy settings (usually a pub or a bar). Witty, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny. If this book doesn't make you laugh then you need a sense of humour transplant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of his many, one of his best. 8 Sep 2003
By "reddoberman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
No writer in the last half of the 20th century was better at character development than McMurtry. In "Terms" he introduced us to Aurora Greenway; here he he expands and burnishes her character while he folds in a supporting cast of almost equally fascinating lesser characters. This was one of those rare tomes I wished would never end. You don't have to like her, but if you finish this book unaffected by la Greenway, you'd best read it again. Aurora's successful plan to ensure her young Grandson would never forget her is one of the most moving sequences I have ever read. Two years after first reading this novel and I still well up just thinking about it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit contrived and confusing without much direction 6 Jan 2009
By Robert Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The continuing saga of Aurora Greenway, her friends, and her family is a random, lengthy read without much purpose and very little direction. Most of the 637 pages vacillate between Aurora's selfish, laughable, and audacious behavior, and that of her strange, absurd family members. Because there is so little emotional development, it is difficult to sympathize with any of the characters being presented. They fall in love quickly but somehow do not seem to really care about anyone but themselves. This makes the reader less inclined to be concerned about how any events will affect anyone else due to the cavalier attitude toward others or their plights.

Unlike other McMurtry books, I was not drawn into the world being portrayed and did not enjoy the quirky behavior or the stories being presented. McMurtry's normally masterful story-telling did not find fruition in this book. Aside from the last 80 pages or so, most of the book seemed random and non goal-oriented, without any sense of mystery or tension or even curiosity as to what will happen, making the story and the people sort of lifeless. I was happy to be done and generally disappointed with the book.

But not all was vapid, for some of the characters did grow through their experiences and improve their own lot in life. Aurora was a complex person and it was fun seeing her adjust through the challenges of life's battles and deal with the aging process. I still laugh when I try to figure out why she won't sing while stopped at stoplights! Many of the minor characters were introduced through their odd past and their current reactions to the situations in which they found themselves, and many were quite enjoyable people and very funny at times. The pervading sadness of the book, the deaths and the tragedies, was balanced with personal victories and positive circumstances, making Evening Star a fascinating study in people's motives as well as the bittersweet realities of life.

Not my favorite McMurtry book for sure, but enough redeeming qualities and interesting people to make it worth reading.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first one!! 25 Feb 1999
By mihelik@wdni.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
McMurtry's characters become so real to me that I can barely stand to let them go at the end of his books. I am so glad that I got to see what happened to the people from Terms of Endearment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 10 Feb 2013
By Wendy D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book, I read Terms of Endearment first and I cried at the end of both of the books. Wonderful!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not perfect, but very good 5 Aug 2003
By Bryant Burnette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In typical McMurtry style, there is a good deal of humor and whimsy in this novel. For the first 400 pages or so I felt it was a bit overdone, but once I saw where the novel was headed, it made perfect sense. About the ultimate destination of the novel: it packs quite an emotional punch. Rare indeed is the novel that can make me cry, but this one did it.
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