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Larry McMurtry, in books like The Last Picture Show, has depicted the modern degeneration of the myth of the American West. The subject of Lonesome Dove, cowboys herding cattle on a great trail-drive, seems like the very stuff of that cliched myth, but McMurtry bravely tackles the task of creating meaningful literature out of it. At first the novel seems the kind of anti-mythic, anti-heroic story one might expect: the main protagonists are a drunken and inarticulate pair of former Texas Rangers turned horse rustlers. Yet when the trail begins, the story picks up an energy and a drive that makes heroes of these men. Their mission may be historically insignificant, or pointless--McMurtry is smart enough to address both possibilities--but there is an undoubted valor in their lives. The result is a historically aware, intelligent, romantic novel of the mythic west that won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
“If you read only one western novel in your life, read Lonesome Dove.”—USA Today
“Everything about Lonesome Dove feels true . . . These are real people, and they are still larger than life.”—Nicholas Lemann, The New York Times Book Review
“Lonesome Dove is Larry McMurtry’s loftiest novel."—Los Angeles Times
"A marvelous novel . . . moves with joyous energy . . . amply imagined and crisply, lovingly written. I haven't enjoyed a book more this year . . . a joyous epic."--Newsweek
"The finest novel that McMurtry has yet accomplished . . . Lonesome Dove has all the action anyone could possibly imagine . . . [and] both in general and in details, the authority of exact authenticity . . . superb."--Chicago Tribune
This is about the sixth time I have read Lonesome Dove, and it is still the book I would most like to have with me should I ever be marooned on a deserted island.Published 1 month ago by Faye cook
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. Read morePublished on April 6 2013 by A Kingston
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. Read morePublished on March 8 2013 by kinmikey
This is one of my favourite books. There are so many characters and yet it's never confusing. You fall for every one of them and when you finally finish this cowboy epic you are... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2008 by Shara Cooper
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... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2007 by Jason Webster
This book actually transported me to the old west. I savoured every detail of the period, right down to the simple language the characters spoke to one another. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2007 by Neil Lane
I reread this book over the holidays, something I don't normally do, but this is one of my all time favorite books. If you have not read it it, READ IT. Read morePublished on March 12 2006 by Jerrry Green