Publisher: Pocket Books/ Simon & Schuster
Length: 843 pages
About: Epic western - whores and cowboys
Style: 3rd person
Where: US (Texas, Nebraska and Montana)
A love story, an adventure, an American epic, Lonesome Dove embraces all the West legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers in a novel that recreates the central
American experience, the most enduring of our national myths. Set in the late nineteenth century, Lonesome Dove is the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana and much more. It is a drive that
represents for everybody involved not only a daring, even a foolhardy, adventure, but a part of the American Dream the attempt to carve out of the last remaining wilderness a new life.
'Some might think it foolish to try and steal horses from the best-armed ranch in northern Mexico,' Augustus said. 'Pedro must work about a hundred vaqueros.' 'Yes but they're spread around, and
most of them can't shoot,' Call said. 'Most of us can't either', Augustus said. 'Dish and Newt ain't never spilt blood, and one of 'ems drunk anyway.' ' Gus, you'd talk to a pssum.' Jake said. 'I
wisht we had one along,' Augustus said. 'I've seen possums that could outthink this crowd.'
The question is whether it is possible to be eccentric and "major" in the same novel.The scenes that best put the matter to rest are the most traditionally Western ones - the gunfights, stampedes,
hangings and horse-stealings. Every one of these is thrilling and almost perfectly realized.
New York Times, Necholas Lemann, 9th June 1985
Not so good:
...Don't be in a hurry to get through this book, and don't expect fast-paced action. It takes nearly 200 pages before the cattle drive gets underway...
United Press International reprinted in Pacific Stars and Stripes 4th August 1985 (Japan, Tokyo)
About the author
Larry McMurtry was born in June 1936, in Wichita Falls, Texas, into a family of ranchers. His grandparents were pioneers, settling in Archer County when west Texas was still primarily vast, empty
While his father and eight uncles were all cowboys, Mr. McMurtry as a young person had a real passion for whatever books he could get his hands on growing up in the small Texas town of Archer
City. He began learning cowboying at the age of three, when he got his first horse, and didn't give it up completely until the age of twenty-three, when he left the family ranch to further his
Mr. McMurtry served a two-year term as president of PEN American Center in New York City. He operates antiquarian bookstores in Washington, D.C., Arizona, and Texas, and currently resides in his
old hometown, Archer City, where he is actively fulfilling his boyhood dream of filling it up with books.