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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447203054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447203056
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing less than a masterful odyssey (Los Angeles Daily News)

Amply imagined and crisply, lovingly written. I haven't enjoyed a book more this year . . . a marvellous novel (Newsweek)

If you read only one Western novel in your life, read this one . . . no other has ever approached the accomplishment of Lonesome Dove (USA Today)

Moving . . . thrilling . . . perfectly realized . . . unforgettable (New York Times)

A triumph . . . McMurtry is superb (Chicago Tribune)

Flush with authenticity (Wall Street Journal)

Larry McMurtry tops them all with his long-awaited epic, Lonesome Dove . . . McCrae and Call are seasoned frontiersmen and ferocious Indian fighters . . . Throughout Lonesome Dove, McMurtry examines their bond - an unspoken and hardly understood friendship. In western fiction, a like relationship seldom has been more finely crafted . . . And the women! If there is a contemporary male novelist blessed with keener insight, I'd like to know about it . . . What McMurtry has created is nothing less than a masterful odyssey, and an enduring addition to the lore of Western Americana (Los Angeles Daily News)

Lonesome Dove is Larry McMurtry's loftiest novel, a wondrous work, drowned in love, melancholy, and yet, ultimately, exultant. In Lonesome Dove . . . McMurtry celebrates a world abundant with calamity and a human spirit wistful but prevailing . . . A compelling and memorable epic . . . Masterful (Los Angeles Times Books Review)

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The Pulitzer Prize winning novel - a story of love, honour, loyalty and betrayal

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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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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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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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In starting to read through a list of 100 recommended books (some of which I had already read in my first 50 years so a bit of a head start), I will be very lucky to read a better book than this ever again (and I'm struggling to think of a better book I've read before as well!). It is simply that good. I would never have chosen this (because of its Western Theme), but decided to after seeing it on the list and reading Amazon Reviews took the plunge. The author's ability to paint a canvas of characters, life and death, panoramas, morality, humanity's strength and weaknesses, commitment, love (requited and unrequited), despair, horror, humour, good and evil, and bring these to life on an epic trek across the USA from Texas to Montana is, quite simply, astonishing. I would have been happy with another 1000 pages frankly. It's probably one of only two books that has ever brought a lump to my throat towards the last few pages - and even now days later I still feel changed by it. I would urge everyone to read this book before they die - it's that good. Please do not be put off by the fact it's a Western - that's just the setting. This book is really about us as humans, the world we inhabit and the other animals and life we share it with.
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By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2003
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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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