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Sin Killer (Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1)
Sin Killer - Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1
Author: Larry McMurtry
It is 1830, and the Berrybender family -- rich, aristocratic, English, and hopelessly out of place -- is on its way up the Missouri River to see the untamed West as it begins to open up. With irascible determination -- and a great deal of outright chaos -- the party experiences both the awesome majesty and brutal savagery of the unexplored land,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743451413
ISBN-10: 0743451414
Publication Date: 4/1/2003
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 79 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Sin Killer (Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1) on
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Larry McMurtry's dry humor is showcased within the varied and oddly curious characters in this book. at times the family characters, of which there are many, seemed to be totally unrelated by blood due to the various interests and ideas they each seem to follow. But then at other times something may happen and they are just appear similar in their reactions. The situations they find themselves in over and over due to their own selfish and set ways only leads to their real life developement as their story and life progresses.

This is a very long look at family and nonfamily characters in situations that I found got old about half way thru the story. I don't think I could make it thru the whole four (4) volumes.

I am now reading the second volume, The Wandering Hill: THE BERRYBENDER NARRATIVES, BOOK 2 and I am finding it harder and harder to follow and keep up with the unending line of charaters.
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reviewed Sin Killer (Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
not my type of book
reviewed Sin Killer (Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
I read the 4 Berrybender books several years ago, and my initial evaluation was disappointment, as they were so silly and shallow compared to McMurtry's other novels. Its true that his characters are wonderful, but the events were so preposterous, I just couldn't understand why he would devote so many words to such an unbelievable story.

Now I think I've changed my mind. I've just read several novels of the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804-1806, and learned that over the next several decades, it became very popular to "recreate" the voyage. In fact, in the 1830-1840 period, a very wealthy Scotland Noble and his family did just that. Now I am wondering if these novels are some sort of a spoof on that very journey. I don't know why McMurtry may have found the idea ridiculous, but perhaps this is the basis of these novels.

If anyone has any info on this to confirm or deny, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Short of writing to McMurtry, it remains a mystery to me, as I haven't found any fact-based reviews of these books on the internet.
reviewed Sin Killer (Berrybender Narrative, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
A fairly typical McMurtry book ~ like Lonesome Dove and the rest, the characters and situations are by turn funny, sad, silly and heartbreaking; but never dull. A complex story and still goes very fast and easy.


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