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A Good Place To Start

Lonesome Dove 4
All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers 1

A Bad Place To Start

Comanche Moon 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Larry McMurtry

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decemberthirty January 30th, 2006 12:55 PM PST

Larry McMurtry is an extremely prolific author, and I've only scratched the surface of his writings. Nevertheless, the best book of his that I've read is Lonesome Dove. It was slow-starting, but once I got into it, I couldn't help being moved by its epic scope and wonderful characters. The Last Picture Show is also excellent; although it's written on a smaller scale than Lonesome Dove, it has the same great characterization. I don't recommend Streets of Laredo, the sequel to Lonesome Dove. It was too unremittingly grim and hopeless for my taste, and didn't seem like an appropriate end to the story.

kalessin January 30th, 2006 04:09 PM PST

I've read all the Lonesome Dove books and all the Berrybender Narratives and I love them all. They're hilarious, sad, violent, and moving.

jaldous January 31st, 2006 04:50 PM PST

Lonesome Dove is a wonderful read.

Bybee November 12th, 2006 03:15 AM PST

Lonesome Dove is a great place to start with Larry McMurtry, but the "Houston books" All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers, Moving On, Terms of Endearment and The Evening Star are great as well.


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