One of McMurtry's first books, smalltown life in the south from an 18 year olds perspective. Very interesting, and a good prequil to Texasville.
I read this book many years ago and was struck by its feel and beauty. An absolute gem; don't overlook it because it's one of those books you've heard so much about, you doubt it can live up to the hype.
It will be able to.
This is a classic coming of age novel. One of the best Americn novels in history. The movie is a classic also.
Great book, classic McMurtry stuff, can't wait to get the other books in the series, you should read this book to know what everyones talking about.
Classy book = Classy movie!
"At sixteen, Sonny Crawford is naive--until he meets a desperately lonely woman of forty. His best friend, Duane, is a bully--but hopelessly in love with the prettiest, richest girl around.
In the early 1950s, Sonny and Duane act out a poignant drama of adolescence--the restless boredom, the bouts of beer-drinking, the secret trips to Mexico in search of prostitutes, the erotic fantasies so powerful that, finally, they have to explode.
'McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold. The sexual encounters are sad, funny, touching, sometimes horrifying, but always honest, always human.'
--The New York Times Book Review"
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