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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry s Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of AmericaJourney to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and rememberSeries in order of publication Lonesome DoveStreets of LaredoDead Man s WalkComanche MoonSeries in order of internal chronology Dead Man s Walk set in the early sComanche Moon set in thesLonesome Dove set in mid to late sStreets of Laredo set in the early s Hands Down my Favourite Book in 2014First of all the physical the book I see looking up at me from my coffee table It looks worn, well thumbed, well read, pages and cover alike, beginning to curl up, and soiled by use Well that and all the casual I take books with me acquaintances, to the one, they all had to pick it up, look it over It may look well rode, but it still feels soft, warm and pliant in my hand The stars twinkle up at me from the cover and I wish, I wish, I wish it wasn t ov Hands Down my Favourite Book in 2014First of all the physical the book I see looking up at me from my coffee table It looks worn, well thumbed, well read, pages and cover alike, beginning to curl up, and soiled by use Well that and all the casual I take books with me acquaintances, to the one, they all had to pick it up, look it over It may look well rode, but it still feels soft, warm and pliant in my hand The stars twinkle up at me from the cover and I wish, I wish, I wish it wasn t over I long to go back When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake not a very big one It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs They were having a fine tug of war with it, and its rattling days were over The sow had it by the neck and the shoat by the tail You pigs git Augustus said kicking the shoat Head on down to the creek if you want to eat that snake It was the porch he begrudged them not the snake Pigs on the porch just made things hotter and things were already hot enough He stepped down into the dusty yard and walked around to the springhouse to get his jug The sun was still high, sulled in the sky like a mule, but Augustus had a keen eye for sun, and to his eye the long light from the west had taken on an encouraging slant.And so it begins I have read a number of different reviews many of which discuss how long it took for them to get invested in the story Not so for me, I gotta say that I latched on to Augustus McCrae pretty early on and even though I can feel, quite acutely, Captain Call s presence every time he crosses the page with Hell Bitch, it is Gus s company I seek on this trail Makes sense I guess, I met him first, back in 1876 in Lonesome Dove, Texas It has been quite a journey Make no mistake I spent time with all of the Hat Creek Cattle Company, not just the ex rangers, as they drove their herd out of Texas and across the Great Plains, bound for Montana I pined with Dish, listened to the Irish sing, and the remuda nicker and whinny I ate dust with Newt on the heels of the herd and scouted for water and crossings with Deets I was there for the water moccasins, the grizzlies and the cloud of grasshoppers, not to mention Blue Duck, one of the most frightening, sinister men ever he made the hair on the back of my neck, my arms and everywhere else stand, stock still at attention I seethed at Jake, swam with Pea Eye and felt Lorena s despair way down deep in my bones I am just skimming the surface here, there are others with tales to tell, like July Johnson, the painfully shy sheriff from Arkansas, searching for his wife and Clara, the dark haired beauty with the scorching tongue in Nebraska, who may just sear you with her words.But back at the fire I would curl up and listen to Gus talk, reassured by his very presence, as we have a drink, play a hand or two and prepare to bed down Amid all the words, in all the books, on all of the pages I have ever travelled, never before have I met a man so damn finely crafted, so carefully rendered, so agonizingly authentic as Augustus McCrae It is as though I know him for real Honestly I enjoy his company and even now, miss his conversation Yes, I want to go back Ride onetime with the Hat Creek Cattle Company, who don t rent pigs.I god, folks, seriously, what is happening here I do not read westerns Fact is, were I not a member of this wonderful on line community of book lovers, chances are pretty good that I would never have read this book Do not make that mistake and yes, I Thank You one and all Update Finally able to talk about the book This book touched my heart, made me laugh so many times, made me mad and made me cry There are a lot of books I would never have read if it wasn t for my Goodreads friends, but the two most memorable and that have made it to my favorites list are The Conte Of Monte Cristo and Lonesome Dove I loved so many characters in this book and I feel like I have been on that journey with them I kept wishing they would have stayed in Texas or at least stopped Update Finally able to talk about the book This book touched my heart, made me laugh so many times, made me mad and made me cry There are a lot of books I would never have read if it wasn t for my Goodreads friends, but the two most memorable and that have made it to my favorites list are The Conte Of Monte Cristo and Lonesome Dove I loved so many characters in this book and I feel like I have been on that journey with them I kept wishing they would have stayed in Texas or at least stopped in Nebraska after so much they went through And my emotions are still raw as I cry Because people die and when you love characters you don t want that but that is life for real, life in books and life in movies and tv I will write adetailed review after I have had some time away from what I just read I m going to have to watch some shows, readbooks and come back to talk about these people I grew to love To be continued Mel Like I have said, this book really got to me I fell in love with so many of the characters I loved Augustus and he made me laugh through this whole book I have to say he was my favorite character I loved Call too but Gus was the one I loved Deets and he also has a special place in my heart I loved how he was with them for 30 something years He was a great man and a great tracker Roscoe is another character who cracked me up He was so innocent and funny I loved the relationship between him and the little girl, Janey I didn t really care for Jake at all If they never listened to him none of the bad things would have happened I felt bad for him for a minute when he ended up with the Suggs boys and what happened to him in that situation I felt bad for Lorena and all that happened to her I loved the relationship between her and Gus I loved Newt who could not love Newt I really wish he could have gotten better closure at the end of the book I loved Pea Eye, the Irishmen, the pigs, the horses, Bolivar, Po, Clara, July, Joe, Wilbarger and I m sure I have left some out I just know that if you have been putting off reading this book, don t, go ahead and get to it I think 9 times out of 10, you won t regret it Mel I was only willing to read this book because a friend told me I had to When I was thirty pages into it and complaining to him about being unable to handle anydiscussion about horses and beans, he made me a bet If I got to page 101 out of 900, mind you and I still didn t enjoy it, he d take me out to dinner at any restaurant I wanted in New York City If at page 101 I had warmed up to it, I had to finish I don t think I made it past the 60th page before I knew I had lost the bet.The I was only willing to read this book because a friend told me I had to When I was thirty pages into it and complaining to him about being unable to handle anydiscussion about horses and beans, he made me a bet If I got to page 101 out of 900, mind you and I still didn t enjoy it, he d take me out to dinner at any restaurant I wanted in New York City If at page 101 I had warmed up to it, I had to finish I don t think I made it past the 60th page before I knew I had lost the bet.The characters in this story arereal than in any other book I ve read I came to absolutely love characters I was so thoroughly annoyed with earlier in the book I feel that the depth of the characters allowed me to do something I can rarely do with the real people I encounter on a daily basis in my life to truly know each and every one of them so fully and so deeply so as to be able to wholly sympathize with them and genuinely understand the motivations behind their actions, no matter how much I might disapprove.I was so engrossed in this book that I had no problem regularly making a fool of myself in public places on the subway, in coffee shops gasping, weeping, and shouting Nuh uh My only criticism of the book is the way in which it plays into classic Western stereotypes, particularly its portrayal of nearly every Native American character as a brutal savage Except for one character s brief mention of well, they didn t invite us on this land, the issues surrounding white settlers effectively stealing the land of another people is not addressed It s something to try to constantly keep in mind for sure, but not something to keep you from reading this fantastic book Larry McMurtry is considered one of America s master story tellers His novels include Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show, as well as the screenplay to Brokeback Mountain, which later became award winning films A revered author in Texas, he was invited by former First Lady Laura Bush to be a special guest speaker at the first annual Texas Book Festival It seems fitting that I began his definitive work, Pulitzer winning Lonesome Dove, on his birthday, June 3 A story of Texas Rangers Larry McMurtry is considered one of America s master story tellers His novels include Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show, as well as the screenplay to Brokeback Mountain, which later became award winning films A revered author in Texas, he was invited by former First Lady Laura Bush to be a special guest speaker at the first annual Texas Book Festival It seems fitting that I began his definitive work, Pulitzer winning Lonesome Dove, on his birthday, June 3 A story of Texas Rangers and winning the western frontier, which later encouraged McMurtry to create a tetralogy, Lonesome Dove is considered the foremost work of American western fiction Augustus Gus McCrae and Woodrow F Call ride as Texas Rangers for nearly thirty years, keeping the new state safe from Indians, Mexicans, and ruffians following the completion of the Civil War By the time of the volume s opening, however, Mexicans decided to stay on their side of the Rio Grande and most Indians had cleared out of south Texas, leaving the area to law abiding citizens Even though the two never tired completely of rangering, they founded the Hat Creek Outfit, a stables outside of Lonesome Dove, a settlement close to the Mexican border It is here that McCrae and Call got their team of Rangers back together for one final adventure before they ride off into the sunset Creating a large cast of characters and multiple storylines that eventually meet up, McMurtry creates a western novel that isthan the story of cowboys and Indians Former ranger Jake Spoon, a good guy turned outlaw, convinced Call to move thousands of cattle and start the first ranch north of the Milk River in Montana At the time unexplored territory, Call is up for the challenge and assembles a team of cowboys to make the journey north The group, full of colorful personalities, gotthan they bargained for on the trip Most thought it was to be a journey, get paid, and then return home to Lonesome Dove They did not sign up for river crossings, sandstorms, and skirmishes with Indians and grizzly bears Yet, Call desires to conquer virgin territory and make a name for himself as one of the pioneers of the Montana land grab McCrae signs up for the journey as a last hurrah with his lifelong friend Yet even he getsthan he asked for on the trip A carefree persona happy to sit back with a glass of whiskey and a deck of cards, McCrae would rather be outside a saloon in Lonesome Dove than on a two thousand mile journey north Yet, the thought of seeing the love of his life Clara Allen at the midway point of the trek, spurs McCrae to join up Along the way, he saves a whore named Lorena from a vile Indian named Blue Duck and becomes her guardian, only to find himself when he meets with Clara once and for all This story line tugged on my emotions the most as McMurtry weaves multiple characters stories together to form a nexus at Clara s ranch It is here that both the cowboys and their loves must make key decisions that are vital to the duration of the novel McMurtry makes Lonesome Dovethan just a story of cowboys by informing his readers of key events that have taken place to change the course of the American west He touches on the plight of the Indians who in the 1870s are still fighting off the cavalry and cowboys for control of the great land grab The army, settlers, and Indians all think that the land belongs to them, setting the stage for epic battle scenes, none as brutal as those involving Blue Duck He also has the cowboys in their dialogue describe how if they are not careful all of the buffalo will be gone soon, so the men enjoy watching and running with the great creatures while they are still able McMurtry also touches on the place of women in society as he describes in detail the characters of Lorena, Clara, and a wandering soul named Elmira All three are limited in choices between marriage and whoring, and in the end Clara desires a brighter future for both Lorena and her two daughters.While I enjoyed the multiple story lines, the place of women, the character studies, and history, the journey from Texas to Montana is what kept me reading this volume At 750 pages in length, the novel is fast reading as I desired to see the resolution of this complex story that McMurtry has created Now that I have completed and left behind Lonesome Dove, I am ready to return again as the writing was captivating and held my attention throughout As I attempt to read through the Pulitzers, I view Lonesome Dove as one of the best I hope to return to the tetralogy at some point, but I would like to savor this 5 star read for awhile first