Lonesome Dove

lonesome dove

I recently came across a post on The Art of Doing Stuff about favorite books of all times. The author, Karen, said her favorite book of all time was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Many years ago I both read the book and watched the tv miniseries with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. So I decided it was time to re-read it. I enjoyed it just as much this time. It likely helps to have a fondness for the Old West, but the tale of trailing a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana is a great one. The novel hosts a number of vivid characters and the adventures they encounter on the trail. The two main characters, Gus McRae and Captain Call, could not be more different, yet have a strong bond after many years of being Texas Rangers. It has been called an “epic” novel and earned McMurtry a Pullitzer. I was lucky enough to find the sequel to it at the library, called Streets of Laredo. In a completely different genre, McMurtry also wrote Terms of Endearment. This story also made into a great movie starring Shirley Maclaine and Deborah Winger. I think that may be next on the summer reading list.

Not quite Lonesome Dove, a bit closer to home.

Not quite Lonesome Dove, a bit closer to home.

– Kelly

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One response to “Lonesome Dove

  1. I do think a closeness to the West and ranching does enrich reading those – but great for anyone. Epic is a good word. (But in the movie – all those snakes in the water – still makes me shudder at all the tanks and streams we splashed in)

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