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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

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    An Epic I put off for too long

    I remember this book sitting on the shelf at my mom's house for years, but I never read it. I had also put off seeing the miniseries until I read the book. It was finally several friends who were appalled that I had not seen the miniseries that convinced me I should finally knock out both. I should not have waiting so long. The book is everything it is advertised as, exciting, heartbreaking, and at times hopeful. I was so enthralled by the book that even when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it, and had to read more about it outside of the book. For the 25th edition much was made of the fact that it came out the same year as Blood Meridian. For my money, this blows Blood Meridian out of the water in all facets. The violence is there like in BM, but not nearly as numbing as it is in there. The story overall is much stronger here, and the characters feel like real characters as opposed to caricatures. I really have no complaints about the book now that it is finished. The things that didn't seem to tie together for much of the book actually do in the end. This book made me laugh and cry in equal measure, and I feel like I should start right back into it now.

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    Bit of a boys book but if you like a wild west US story then you will love this. Makes me want to read more on the sad plight of the indigenous indians.


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