Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Great Western Novel?
At over 800 pages, I was daunted by taking on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning and legendary tale of the American West, Lonesome Dove. Filled with heroes and outlaws and "cowboys and Indians," this was a fast moving tale, people with many memorable characters like Lorena, Jack Spoon, July Johnson, and Newt. Led by Captain August McCrae and W.F. Call, both former Texas Rangers, a group of cowboys band together to organize a cattle drive from Texas to Montana in the late nineteenth century. Gus McCrae is fun loving, talkative, and adventurous, in comparison to Call's more quiet and serious nature. This book has it all - plots and sub-plots of love, revenge, loyalty, adventure, hardship, and camaraderie. It is a consuming, readable, and memorable tale.