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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Anv Upd edition (June 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439195269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439195260
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Kingston on April 6 2013
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Would love to have a wall poster/print for my Western room from this movie. Westerns are my favourite. Haven't finished the book yet but am looking forward to getting back to it. The series was fantastic!
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By kinmikey on March 8 2013
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I know that's a lot to say, but this has to be my favourite book. The characters are so well drawn, so memorable, they have been in my mind for over 25 years. I was recently reminded of this book, discovered it was no longer in my library, and therefore had to get a copy. Now re-reading for the 3rd time and completely immersed. Fantastic
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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2013
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This is a cowboy epic about two ex-Texas rangers who drive their cattle, their horses, their hands and themselves from Texas to Montana. There are bears, Indians, rustlers, and every kind of saddle tramp. There is harsh weather and harsh language. And there is a brutality in some of the characters that swallows nearly every good thing growing in its path. There are also wonderfully complex men and women who live and die for reasons hard to understand. This book leaves you aching for them and feeling the frustration of having stood helplessly by through their suffering. It could so easily have been different, so much better.

Is it wrong to go south of the border to steal a herd of horses with your partners? Maybe it's no big deal if you are working together to steal them from unknown Mexicans--even if you have to shoot one or two in the process. What if you help steal some of the same horses from the rancher you sold them to because you can't stand up to an outlaw with a gun at your back? Your friends show up again and help you out of this situation. Sort of. And you accept the justice and mercy of their rope. It all could have been so different.

There is a great deal of pain in this book. Maybe they all should have just stayed in Texas. Why do so many people miss their happiness after coming so close to it?
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I recently reread "Lonesome Dove" It was like comming back to an old friend. I read this classic of American literature 20 years ago, and I found it just as enjoyable the second time around. Gus, Woodrow, Jake, Pea eye, Lorena, are all good friends and it was great to spend sometime with them again. If you read only one western in your life it should be "Lonesome Dove."
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This book is well-written and (many of the) characters are engagingly drawn. I can say that for it.
Beyond that it falls short. I picked this book up looking for an enjoyable genre western to read, or alternatively, something to that had taken the western genre and done something interesting or novel with it. What I found was a book where the author had taken the western genre and turned it into a romance novel. To me, that wasn't interesting.
It's hard to explain why I didn't like this book without using plot spoilers, because what I primarily didn't like was the structure of the plot, but I'll try.
To begin with, it wasn't a "western" in the sense of, say, Shane or The Virginian. I can't really explain why without going into detailed plot spoilers, but just as one example, there are probably 6 pages of "action" in the entire book; in contrast, it seems like every male character has at least one scene where they go off by themselves and have a good cry. If you're looking for a "classic western," look elsewhere.
Secondly, what it actually *is*, is a romance novel. The story largely revolves around, and is driven by, the romantic hopes and desires of the female 'whore with a heart of gold" character. The cattle drive that provides the putative subject of the book is merely a backdrop against which her story plays out. If that interests you, you'll like the book. If it doesn't, you won't.
Thirdly, while the two lead male characters are very well drawn, the remainder fall significantly short. As other reviewers have mentioned, it would be hard for the character of "deets" to be more stereotypical (Do a websearch for Spike Lee's comments on "magical" black stereotyping and you'll have a 100% spot-on depiction of this character).
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I can understand why so many authors of westerns romanticize and distort history; it takes real talent - the kind that McMurtry possesses - to write a realistic, accurate and enthralling story. It's amazing how much I cared about Gus and Call, an inarticulate odd couple on a long cattle drive. What was it really like in the Old West? McMurtry's only agenda is to tell it like it was, and to tell it well. Dive into this fat story, and learn a lot about yourself and other people on the way.
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One night, having finished my latest murder mystery, upon which I feast daily, I had nothing else to read. My husband, of much higher standards in the fare he reads (mostly non-fiction & biographies) told me I ought to expand my horizons and try Lonesome Dove. "It won the Pulitzer Prize." he stated. I was not impressed. Frustrated that so "little" was happening initially, I plowed on. Now, I'm almost done, staying up late each night to keep my eyes open & read just one more page before falling asleep. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, even to you mystery lovers out there! The story is rich, sad, happy & moving. I'll be picking up more written by this talented author! :)
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