The dialogue in this tale is so authentic. My grandfather grew up in Texas in the early 1900's and I swear I could hear him speaking on each page. He used many of the same "colorful" expressions and stories. The characters, Gid, Molly and Johnny take us on an unconventional trip down memeory lane and what life was like in their day.
This is an excellent book to read. On a whim I got it knowing it was one of Larry McMurty's early works and I was amazed how well his characters were developed. He is an amazing writer.
I read this book in 2 days and loved it from cover to cover. The story follows three people in a love triangle from their teenage to twilight years. McMurtry captures the life of a cowboy like no other. The dialect, mannerisms, and day-to-day habits are spot on. The story flows smoothly as a stream. It will have you laughing and wiping tears. The cover notes say this book is the basis for the film "Lovin' Molly". I haven't seen it, but I plan to check it out.
I enjoyed this book so much I almost didn't post it. But I really think I'd like to share it with other readers.
It's a sweet, sad tale of three wonderfully-drawn McMurtry characters, spanning most of the lifetimes of two men and a woman in central Texas in the mid-20th century. (The Cheyenne reference is to a song, not a geographical mix-up.)
The final section, as the characters move toward the inevitable ending, is blessed with McMurtry's pitch-perfect ear for the dialogue between two men who have spent a lifetime as friends without ever wearing down the differences between them.
A real treasure.