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Favorite Read of the Year - Lonesome Dove

843 pages and not once bored.


They say writers are readers.


If you go by me, this is true


I reread a western classic this month, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. On the surface, it's a tale of two retired Texas Rangers, Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae, taking 3000 head of cattle from the Rio Grande to the Milk River in Montana. In the late 1860s/early1870s, driving 3000 head of cattle from the border with Mexico to the border with Canada was a recipe for adventure -- and adventures they had.


Beyond the adventure, Lonesome Dove is a story of friendship and love and loss. It's a story about duty and honor and sacrifice. I've watched the television series at least twice and now read the book again. In my younger days, I thought Gus was the hero. This time through I related most to Woodrow, a man trapped by his character and nature, who in the later part of his life is forced to reflect on what he has done and who he is.


I laughed and cried and contemplated my own life. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.


f you love tales of the old west, you owe it to yourself to read Lonesome Dove. Buy it now by clicking on the link below.



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slammerdeen
May 20, 2020

I read Lonesome Dove while I was in the USARMY , and really liked it as a long time Western and Louis Lamour fan. The mini-series was EVEN better than the book ! Which is almost unbelievable ! However , I was tremendously disappointed with McMurtry's follow-up book. That was one of the few books I have ever thrown in the trash.

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slammerdeen
May 20, 2020

I read Lonesome Dove while I was in the USARMY , and really liked it as a long time Western and Louis Lamour fan. The mini-series was EVEN better than the book ! Which is almost unbelievable ! However , I was tremendously disappointed with McMurtry's follow-up book. That was one of the few books I have ever thrown in the trash.

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bherndon
Oct 19, 2019

years ago I was having barbecue at van’s between corpus and San Antonio . I noticed a card in the window entitled cc cattle company and asked the waitress about it mentioning I had just finished reading Lonesome Dove. She said mr. McMurtry came in every day for weeks. Wrote the book there at Vans!

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