Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

77%

14 Critic Reviews

There is a glorious individuality in both Clara and Lorena. McMurtry's women have always been his superior creations; these two are no exception.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Larry McMurtry

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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.
 
Published May 24, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 964 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Horror, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 30 2011

...it is only one of McMurtry's major accomplishments that he does it without forfeiting a grain of the characters' sympathetic power or of the book's considerable suspense. This is a masterly novel. It will appeal to all lovers of fiction of the first order.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Neil Hanson on Apr 08 2011

I heartily recommend Lonesome Dove as a stand-alone book. It’s a great story, well-written, with excellent characters that were easy and delightful for me to connect with.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Jami Edwards on Jan 22 2011

Unique, heroic, larger than life and perfect in the quirky details, all these characters will resound in your memory long after you've reluctantly closed this 900-plus page delight.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by John Horn on Jun 09 1985

There is a glorious individuality in both Clara and Lorena. McMurtry's women have always been his superior creations; these two are no exception.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Valyruh on Dec 21 2012

I found the book a great deal of fun, but also terribly sad and moving. Not great literature, but a delightful read nonetheless.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on May 02 2009

Lonesome Dove is a disarmingly funny book, a thrilling book, an insightful and ultimately moving book (it’s not a perfect book; certain words get repeated carelessly, and some of the subplots do meander)...Even if you think you don’t like westerns, you should read it. It’s big; reading it adds to you.

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Chron.com

Good
Reviewed by Maggie Galehouse on Aug 08 2012

t’s a thick, delicious book, crammed with story, humor, and crisp dialogue that never fails to remind me that McMurtry is a screenwriter in addition to being a novelist. His ear for talk is pitch-perfect.

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EssenceArticles

Good
Reviewed by Lucy Greene on Feb 25 2011

I can't really do justice to the lonesome dove, so I will just recommend that you read it for yourself. Before the text begins, a quote is given: "What they dreamed, we live, and what we dream, they lived".

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Lucy Greene on Feb 26 2011

The plot is a slow one but the writing is so amazing and the characters so interesting and like-able that one does not really notice the slowish pace...I can't really do justice to the lonesome dove, so I will just recommend that you read it for yourself.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Below average
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Mar 29 2010

I just can't get on board with this one. I read all 945 pages and it was a slog in ill-fitting hip waders through waste-deep mud all the way through...I wanted to like this. I know I'm supposed to, especially since the whole rest of the planet seems to, but I just couldn't get there. Oh well.

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Caroline Bookbinder

Good
Reviewed by Carin Siegfried on Feb 12 2012

...the book is just fantastic...the way McMurtry tells the story is so masterful, so evocative, and so melodic. Normally I hate the descriptions lyrical and epic as to me they indicate a lack of plot and a love of too many words. Yet I would say both apply here in a positive way, and McMurtry obviously does have a great love of language...

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World's Strongest Librarian

Above average
Reviewed by Josh Hanagarne on Sep 27 2010

This is a big book, and every other character in it is as vivid as the main duo. I can’t go into them all, but let me say that Larry McMurtry is very skilled at making the good guys very good–and the bad guys are as bad as you could want.

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A Good Stopping Point

Above average
Reviewed by Christy on Jun 09 2013

Like all good epics, it takes the reader through a range of emotions – it can be very funny but it can also completely devastate you. At one point midway through the novel, several characters are killed suddenly and it really hit me in a gut. They were minor characters but so well-drawn...

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Steph Su Reads

Good
Reviewed by Steph on Mar 23 2013

LONESOME DOVE’s strength lies in how effortlessly Larry McMurtry conjures up a varied cast of characters....LONESOME DOVE is an epic read that will easily be, if not the greatest book you’ve ever read in your life, then at least the best Western you’ll ever read in your life.

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