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Streets of Laredo Hardcover – 1 Aug 1993

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  • Hardcover: 589 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671792814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671792817
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of McMurtry's most powerful and moving achievements (Los Angeles Times)

Larry McMurtry is a wonderful storyteller, and with [Streets of Laredo] he has written a novel that is even better than the original - and that was one hell of a tale (Boston Globe)

Larry McMurtry remains a genius at dialogue. The scene where the seven whores start reminiscing about the first men in their lives is wonderful (New York Times Book Review)

Streets of Laredo is a splendid addition to the literary portrait of McMurtry's native Texas and the West that he has been creating for three decades. It's also one of his most affectingly melancholy books . . . The characters are as finely etched as any McMurtry has ever minted (Newsweek)

A marvellous novel in its own right, and in every way a worthy successor to Lonesome Dove (Chicago Tribune)

Gorgeous . . . violent, funny, achingly sad, filled with heroism and regret . . . If you can put Streets of Laredo down, I'll eat my ten-gallon hat (Cosmopolitan)

The winding down of a grand American legend offers a vision of dust and death through a golden haze (Time)

Those who have been waiting . . . for an appropriate sequel to the memorable and Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove can take heart. Streets of Laredo continues that epic of the waning years of the Texas Rangers with all the narrative drive and elegiac passion of its forerunner (Publishers Weekly)

McMurtry has written a sad, funny elegy not only for his characters' pasts, but for the waning of the American West (New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The final book of the Lonesome Dove quartet --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This final volume in the series takes place many years after the events of Lonesome Dove. Of the cast of characters who survived that book, some are dead, but many reappear here. The world has also changed, and Call is an old man, doing the occasional bounty hunting job. He is hired to track down Joey Garza, a young man who has taken to holding up trains, and killing passengers indiscriminately. Call asks Pea-eye Parker, one of the last remaining members of the old group, to join him in the hunt, but at first he refuses. He is now a farmer, married to Lorena, another familiar character, and they have five children.
Joey Garza's story is also told alongside Call's, and we soon learn that their pasts are not unconnected. I won't give away any more of the plot and risk spoiling your enjoyment!
For me, this book is similar in many ways to the prequels. Firstly, there is more explicit violence and cruelty than in Lonesome Dove. This is not really a complaint, but does alter the tone of the books slightly. It was, after all, a violent world; to use a platitude, life was cheap for the men and women who took their chances in what remained of the 'Wild West'.
Having said that, the book still kept me turning the pages. The relationship between Call and Brookshire is an endearing one. They represent the two Americas which now existed; the one looking back to a wild, individual, pioneering world, the other representative of the growing corporate, urban America.
Indeed much of the book is really about Call's relationship with others, and particularly his lack of understanding that their worldview is increasingly different to his. Call is painfully aware he knows nothing but his old life. It is a study of ageing; of coming to terms with a rapidly changing world, where Call is a relic.
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There is a six-year gap between Larry McMurtry writing his «LonesomeDove » and its sequel: « The Streets of Loredo ». After reading the former, I couldn’t wait to read the latter, as “ Lonesome Dove” contained all the ingredients of the very best of best-sellers, and thoroughly merited its Pulitzer Prize. Having also bought the DVD of the television series it was with an enormous amount of anticipation that I bought this second book. I had imagined the scenario would contain the elements which had made “Lonesome Dove” so readable, meaning that the reader would be travelling with a band of cowboys out on the open range, but nevertheless in which the characters had moved on, but not that far on. In “”The Streets of Loredo” they have moved on too far – twenty years in fact, enough time for Lorena, one of the characters in the first book, to have had five children, and for Woodrow Call, the “hero” in Lonesome Dove, to have turned into an old man, but still with a lust for adventure, and above all accepting to relive his life again as a Texas Ranger.
In “Lonesome Dove” the plot was linear, which led the reader from adventure to adventure. The cowboys started off from Texas, finally ending up in Montana, and along the way the author had time to sketch out his characters vividly, to such an extent that I felt even a sense of loss when I closed the last pages of the book.
However, in this second book, all of the former have disappeared: the cowboys have been replaced by the now aged Wodrow Call accompanied by a couple of men, but we are hardly into the book when we learn that two of the most attractive characters from “Lonesome Dove” have died, characters around whom LH could surely have developed new story lines.
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I'd agree with many readers that this doesn't touch Lonesome Dove but it is still a great piece of writing and was infused with much of the humour, tragedy and even some of the shock value that the earlier books had. McMurtry is as at his best as a slightly surrealist author and some of the scenes and descriptions in this book - particularly around how 'Crow Town' becomes founded - are outstanding.

My one big gripe with all McMurtry books is the 'horror' he introduces. Like all other books (Lonesome Dove less so) there are some fairly brief but vivid descriptions of awful, cruel things happening and being done to people. This includes descriptions of extreme cruelty to children (in the case of this book) - Only brief references but on final analysis, its appearance does not seem critical to the plot or even the sub plot in which it features. The West is painted as a horrific place in all these books and no doubt life was tough, and cheap too. But these novels do make you think that every homestead gets burned, every woman raped and every other man is bad to the core.

But back to the positives. Call's character is not as overly chatty as some people think, the book just focuses more on him because there is now no Gus. Call is now a dinosaur, a 'killer to catch a killer' and you get the sense that as the West is becoming civilised, Call is now regarded increasingly as just another killer. A careful study of a Mexican family is interesting - Call had previously hung the father and son for stealing cattle - the same cattle that had previously been stolen from them (this is not a spoiler, dont worry!). Call is shown as not really being a good guy but instead as someone that just keeps doing what he knows best.

In summary, a great read, enjoyable but a bit too horrifying (for me) at certain points.
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