Not one of McMurtry's better books. Duane was a loveable character in Texasville, but Duane's Depressed makes you want to just give im a hug and fix everything.
Third in the trilogy that includes "The Last Picture Show" and "Texasville". Sorry to say I have not read them.
The final book in the trilogy which includes The Last Picture Show and Texasville. I really enjoyed this one which finds Duane in the beginning of an end of life crisis. Some wonderfully funny and poignant moments.
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.
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!
Third in the trilogy. Not as good as The Last Picture Show, but then few books are!!
If you enjoy McMurty, you won't want to miss this one!
Pulitzer Prize-winning author McMurtry (Lonesome Dove) offers the final volume in the trilogy that includes the memorable The Last Picture Show (1966) and Texasville (1987). Drawing inspiration from the small Texas town where he grew up, McMurtry limns a wryly comic and finely nuanced portrayal of oil-rich Duane Moore, 62, a leading citizen of small-town Thalia. Depressed for no obvious reason, Duane vexes and bewilders family and community alike when he suddenly parks his identity-defining pickup truck in his carport and starts hoofing it everywhere. His wife, Karla, their adult kids and the small mob of humorously foul-mouthed grandchildren living under his roof grow more confused as his unsettling behavior escalates, especially when he moves to a crude shack six miles out of town. After he turns the family oil business over to eldest son Dickie (newly out of an Arizona drug-rehab center), the delicate symbiosis of the eccentric little town threatens to break down. Duane's symptoms intensify as he consults a comely psychiatrist in Wichita Falls and buys a fancy bicycle. Sudden tragedy disrupts the hero's therapy just as he is starting to come out of his yearlong deep freeze and, with regret and befuddlement, take a long look at his life. Using barren landscapes and drab interiors to emphasize the subtle, potent drama of Duane's search for himself, McMurtry shines as he examines the issues of alienation, grief and the confrontation with personal mortality. Despite a curious distance imposed by limiting the third-person narration almost exclusively to Duane?which at times renders the voice essentially journalistic?this novel represents McMurtry at the top of his form.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
Strong book about aging, grief, love. If you liked "Lonsome Dove", you'll enjoy this book.
I really liked this book. You can feel Duane's depression just reading this book. I'm a McMurtry fan and this is one of his best.