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Lonesome Dove (1985)

por Larry McMurtry

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Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.
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A ragtag group of cowboys going on an adventure of chance encounters in the late 1800’s to a place they heard of but don’t actually know if it exists. The book starts out in Lonesome Dove, Texas, a small town on the border with Mexico, with two former Texas Rangers watching horse stables.. very slow at first.. lots of drinking and being lazy.. But picks up pace.. By far one of my favourite characters is in this book, a cowboy who drove you crazy but would back you with confidence no matter what.. Also some very strong female characters who developed through the book.. But also seemed every female was a “wh0re” at one point which seemed a bit misogynistic.. overall a great story, definitely recommended reading.. Also to note, I read this after playing RDR2 so I was in the cowboy mood.. lol. ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
I have now re-read Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove two times since first discovering it in a Houston B. Dalton bookstore shortly after it was first published in 1985. In both instances, because I always fear that a book will not hold up to my earlier reads of it, I waited more than fifteen years between my re-readings of Lonesome Dove. A novel itself, of course, will not change, but readers, their perspectives, and their perceptions of the world do change — especially during this period in our history when we’ve allowed a loud group of political and social-media bullies to decide what new books should be published and which ones from the past should be erased from public consciousness. Thankfully, the mob has not yet come for Lonesome Dove or its readers.

I am happy to report that even after three reads, Lonesome Dove is as fresh as ever. It is still one of the funniest and one of the saddest books I’ve ever read; it is still home to some of my favorite fictional characters; and it still keeps me entertained throughout its (depending on which edition you read) near-1,000 pages. McMurtry’s story is a long and complicated one that explores the long relationships of a core group of Texans, men and women, who define the world and themselves based largely upon their mutual experiences and what they have learned from each other.

“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 it’s rattling days were over.”

These opening sentences give a sense of Lonesome Dove, the little south Texas border town that former Texas Rangers Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call now call home. Gus and Call, along with a couple of other ex-Rangers, run a little outfit there they call the Hat Creek Cattle Company. Gus, Call, Pea Eye, and Deets have been on the southern border ever since the governor sent them south to watch the state’s border during the Civil War. Now, all these years later, the only real action along the state’s border with Mexico comes from the raiding parties that cross in both directions to steal cattle and horses from each other. And the retired Rangers enjoy doing that as much as anyone.

Call, though, is feeling his age now…and he’s fast becoming bored with this life. Gus, on the other hand, spends much of his time drinking whisky wherever he can find shade, or at the Dry Bean saloon where he spends time with the town’s one and only whore, and he’s happy enough to go on doing so. Call yearns for one more big adventure in his life, and he wants it now, so when another ex-Ranger, Jake Spoon, rides into Lonesome Dove with stories about the unspoiled grazing paradise to be found in Montana, Call decides that the Hat Creek Cattle Company is going to be the first outfit to drive cattle north of the Yellowstone River.

What happens next is epic.

Bottom Line: It is impossible even to hint at everything that happens in Lonesome Dove, so I’ll quote McMurtry’s preface to the edition I read instead. The author addresses the novel’s theme this way: “…if one cuts more deeply, the lonesome dove is Newt, a lonely teenager who is the unacknowledged son of Captain Call and a kindly whore named Maggie, who is now dead. So the central theme of the novel is not the stocking of Montana but unacknowledged paternity. All of the Hat Creek Outfit, including particularly Augustus McCrae, want Call to accept the boy as his son.”

Lonesome Dove is a not-to-be-missed masterpiece. ( )
  SamSattler | May 3, 2021 |
Lonesome Dove was a great surprise. I bought the audio version some time ago, probably during an Audiable sale that I can not even recall. But the prospect of 36 hours of it made me shy away from it for a very long time. Then, as it happens every year, harvest season arrived around here and I was once again driving long hours for tractor parts or driving the silage cutter or whatever job got thrown at me by my farmer husband. Audiobooks are a must about then, and Lonesome Dove was just there.

I read somewhere that Lonesome Dove was originally a much shorter screenplay that sat on a shelf for 15 years until one day Larry McMurtry pick it up again and made it into a book. I can see how this could be true as there is a cinematographic quality to it, but also because the story is very much told through the dialogue between characters. Definitely Gus McCrae has some of the best lines of any character I ever come across.

I am too very drawn to books about the prairies and the original settlers. My husband’s family has been farming and ranching just North of Montana not far from the USA/Canada border for over a century, and stories of hardship and witty characters are part of the local lore. As distinctive of a character as Gus McCrae was, he does not sound unbelievable to my ears.

If I don’t give it 5 stars it is because this book could have been shorter. Some passages drag a bit too long, and are repetitive both in nature – how many times can Newt be drag into a cattle stampede – or in its explanatory discourse – we all got that Captain Call was a workaholic, no need to tell us 20 times. I feel that for every memorable passage, like the explanation about the sign for the Hat Creek Company, or the former bank robber, in the middle of nowhere collecting buffalo bones that are scattered as far as the eye can see, the first memorable for its comical and witty elements and the second in its iconographic display of the chaotic and almost inhuman characteristics of the time, there is an unnecessary or overdone passage.

Overall a great book that I am glad I finally got around to listening. I should also mention that I really enjoyed the narration by Lee Horsley.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
John and I listen when together in the car. Loved it! ( )
  mlhershey | Feb 14, 2021 |
So close to a 5 it hurts. I'm not much of one for Westerns, but this was extremely engrossing - a rich cast of characters bouncing off of one another at the end of the Wild West. The only thing that holds it back is the last third of the book, which after the loving, slow detail of the rest of the book feels rushed and uneven. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
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All of Mr. McMurtry's antimythic groundwork -his refusal to glorify the West - works to reinforce the strength of the traditionally mythic parts of ''Lonesome Dove,'' by making it far more credible than the old familiar horse operas. These are real people, and they are still larger than life. The aspects of cowboying that we have found stirring for so long are, inevitably, the aspects that are stirring when given full-dress treatment by a first-rate novelist. Toward the end, through a complicated series of plot twists, Mr. McMurtry tries to show how pathetically inadequate the frontier ethos is when confronted with any facet of life but the frontier; but by that time the reader's emotional response is it does not matter - these men drove cattle to Montana!

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