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Subject: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 5:23 PM ET
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What a great book! Gus, Call, Pea Eye, Newt, and the other characters were old friends by the time I finished this novel. At 900+ pages it is a bit daunting but I finished it in 5 days. The character development is excellent; plenty of adventure and enough humor that I had to stop and read pages to my husband because I knew he would enjoy it.  I mentioned the book to my dad and he told me that the movie (miniseries) is one of the best westerns he has ever seen (he is a big fan of westerns). So, I ordered the movie today and am looking forward to seeing it.

 

 
I understand there are other books with the same characters - Comanche Moon, Streets of Laredo, and Dead Man’s Walk. Two prequels and one sequel? Any suggestions on which I should read next?


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Date Posted: 2/29/2008 7:22 PM ET
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Thanks for the rec, it's on my list and I'm moving it up.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 7:40 PM ET
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I've heard so many times that Lonesome Dove is wonderful...I guess I just need to read it and find out for myself!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 10:20 PM ET
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Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite novels of all time.  I really don't care for most of McMurtrey's other books for some reason, but LD is fantastic.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:13 PM ET
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I read the book a long time ago and I remember it taking me alittle while to get into it but then is sucked me in. Couldn't put it down and I'm not a fan of western anything as in movies, music or books.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2008 8:23 AM ET
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I LOVE Lonesome Dove. I read it for the first time more than 20 years ago (I think...a long time ago) and I've read it several time since then. I think it is a perfect novel. I think I'll dust off my copy and read it again.
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 11:15 PM ET
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I absolutely LOVE Lonesome Dove - one of my top faves of all time.  Then, I read the sequel - dorget the name - maybe it's Streets of Laredo?  It's the one which comes directly after Lonesome Dove, storyline-wise.  I was sooooooooo disapointed.  It almost felt like McMurtry hadn't even read Lonesome dove!  There was no continuity, the names were the same, but the personalities were so different.  I'm so happy that I have such a poor memory, because I've forgotten the story line to the book, lol, but I still remember being terribly saddened by the reading experience.  I can't recommend the sequel.  I've not read the others.

But, I recommend Lonesome Dove, every chance I get!  I just finished my umpteenth re-read.  Just like any other good re-read, it's a different book every time I read it.  I love those people!

I've not seen the movie, but I understand it's really good.  I caught a glimpse of a book tie-in at the local B&N, but all I saw was the cover.  When I went back, the book had sold, but it looked to be a nice "coffee table" book of photos from the movie.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:26 AM ET
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I love Lonesome Dove and I loved the movie, too! I'm a huge fan of Robert Duvall, so I was not disappointed.

The other books in the series didn't come close to being as good, but I read them all anyway.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 11:33 AM ET
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Sorry to be a downer, but I found both the book and the movie to be disappointing. They were both OK.

 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:04 PM ET
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I read LD many, many years ago, and the follow-ups.  The first book was the best.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 12:18 PM ET
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I read the book after watching the miniseries and really loved both.  I agree with the above poster's husband that LD was one of the best westerns ever filmed and I will watch it anytime it's on.   I am huge fan of western movies, but not so much a fan of  that type of book, but this one was wonderful. 

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Oh, Bob, don't apologize for your opinion.  It lessens it.  Now, that said, WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN'T LOVE THE BOOK OR MOVIE!!!  WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Just joshing.

I loved, loved that book, and even the movie.  The actors were perfect for the characters and really seemed to love them.  But then, I am a real fan of Duvall, and Tommy Lee Jones, too.  I could never get into any other book of his, though I have the sequel.

ETA: Just remembered he wrote that awesome Terms of Endearment!

 



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Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:30 AM ET
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Lonesome Dove was one of those books where the plot, characterization, language, theme and undercurrents all come together perfectly.  It is one of the best books I've ever read.  Having said that, I don't think that either of the prequels, or the sequel, were as good, though I did enjoy them.  FWIW, I read the others in the order they were written, (I don't recall how that matches up to the order of events) and it did give me some insight into the development of the characters.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 11:47 AM ET
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Thanks for the input, everyone.

I finally found time to watch the 6 hour miniseries. It followed the book very closely! My husband and I enjoyed watching it.

It appears that everyone that has read the other books in the series did not find them as captivating as Lonesome Dove . . . I will probably read at least one anyway.

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Date Posted: 3/13/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Lonesome Dove is one of those standout books for me, that has stayed with me for years. It's been about 18 years since I read it and I still consider it one of the best books I've ever read.

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 11:31 PM ET
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Lonesome Dove was a favorite.  Admittedly, I am a sucker for a good western and nothing is sexier than a man on a horse.

I also enjoyed Boone's Lick.  It is not a western epic like LD but it's a good story with unique characters.  Mary Margaret was my hero!   PBS review below-    I see copies are available...

Boone's Lick   

Told with McMurtry's unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius, the novel follows the Cecil family's arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay narrates, describing the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him. Without knowing precisely where he is, they set out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go.

At the heart of the novel, and the adventure, is Mary Margaret, whom we first meet shooting a sheriff's horse out from underneath him in order to feed her family. Forceful, interesting, and determined, she is written with McMurtry's trademark deftness and sympathy for women, and is in every way a match for the worst the west can muster.

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 8:42 AM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation Sandra - sounds like a great book!

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 2:30 PM ET
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I LOVE the movies (all of them), and I just requested Lonesome Dove and Commanche Moon.

Subject: LD - Which One Next??
Date Posted: 4/21/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I recommend reading them in order!!

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:57 AM ET
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I love Lonesome Dove!  I didn't like the sequel, so I havnn't picked up any of the other sequels or prequels.  I am somewhat scared (lol) to watch the movie because I want *my* Lonesome Dove to stay the way it is because it is such a favorite of mine.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Oh, Rosemary, I promise, you won't be disappointed with the movie.  Just think, Diane Lane, Angelica Huston.  Robert Duvall, (one of the sexiest men alive and he isn't even typically-handsome) and Tommy Lee Jones.  They were all perfect!  You will love it.  They truly fit the roles.

I should watch it again...

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 7:45 PM ET
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Rosemary - I agree with Bonnie - you will like the movie. It stays very true to the book and the actors are excellent. I ordered mine from Amazon and it was only $10 (of course I ordered another $15+ of books so I could get the free shipping).

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:24 PM ET
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Bob, DH didn't like the movie or the series.  I think it's a pretty safe bet he won't read the book!  To each his own!



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Date Posted: 4/24/2008 12:59 AM ET
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OK, I think you've convinced me.  You know, I don't even *like* westerns, but don't you think that Lonesome Dove transcends the whole "Western" thing?

 

As an aside, I recently re-read LD, and got fixated on the whole chuck wagon thing.  Can you just IMAGINE cooking for a trail drive???  So, I looked, and my local library had lots of chuckwagon cookbooks - some new and some really old.  It was great fun to have a look at these right on the heels of having read LD.  I especially enjoyed the photos of actual chuck wagons.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 9:38 AM ET
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OK, I think you've convinced me.  You know, I don't even *like* westerns, but don't you think that Lonesome Dove transcends the whole "Western" thing?

Absolutely, I don't normally go for westerns either, but yes, I would read this one again and again. I read it because it's on my Pulitzer List.  I'm determined to read the whole list before I die! LOL 

The Way West is on the list too, from the few pages of that one that I've skimmed, it looks like a winner too.

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