Friday, April 23, 2021

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Larry McMurtry tells a story like few can. He creates a palpable sense of time and place for his settings, while deftly building characters and plots that feel incredibly real and intricate.

I picked up Lonesome Dove shortly after McMurtry passed away. Fans were expressing their love and feeling of loss for him online, and quite a few mentioned this book as particularly beloved. So I read it. Given that I don't enjoy westerns and I typically would rather read two or three shorter books than one big 'un weighing in at nearly 1,000 pages, the fact that I finished and enjoyed it says a lot about how good this novel is. 

Parts of it were difficult to read. It paints a harsh and often brutal world. People's lives are hard, and some of their viewpoints or actions are just as dark. The writing is impeccable, the characters will matter to you. Which makes it both a wonderful and at times difficult read, because this ain't no happy little fairy tale.

I'm glad I read it. It lingers with me still.

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