I am not surprised that many readers didn't like this book. I didn't either, at first. Larry McMurty is a genius of a writer and this book seems a bit "out there" at first. But after a couple of chapters I started to catch on. There is a moral to this story. As colorful characters come to life you will start to empathise with them. This is a story about one man's end of life crisis and his outlandish new beginning as he struggles to do something worthwhile with the remaining time he has on this earth. There are some rude awakenings and some demons that will strike close to home. This book is a bit of a challenge, but as tragic and shocking as it is at times, there is always hope!
Larry McMurty once again explores a character's depth, with an interesting twist on an oilman who rejects driving in late age -- and bucks the views perceptions, and pressures of all around him to get in touch with himself and his dreams. McMurty's normal twists and turns to the plots -- no character is sacred.