Fiction · Historical · Western

Lonesome Dove

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Title:  Lonesome Dove

Author: Larry McMurtry

Page Count: 858

Series: Lonesome Dove, Book 1 (Book 3 chronologically)

Publishing Date/Publisher: June 15, 2010 by Simon Schuster (originally published 1985)

Format: Paperback

Review: This book was a slow burn for me.  I didn’t love it at first, but somewhere in the middle I started to.  I would caution readers, however, that this is essentially the Western equivalent of Game of Thrones.  If you cannot stomach violence, abuse, and sudden death, this is not the book for you.  It felt like every time I would grow a deep attachment to a character, they would die in some horrific way.  What I really enjoyed about this book though is how well the author interconnected all the characters at some point in the novel.  His writing had a very satirical tone, and he really brings to light the fickleness and folly of human nature.  Everyone is driven by something, and in such a gritty world, many are driven by basic human need – food, water, sex, and companionship.  Some characters have more complex motivators, but in the end, you are left with a sense that their efforts were all for naught.  It is frustrating and fascinating at the same time.

I found the ending of this book to be a bit perplexing.  I was satisfied by the ending in one sense, but I tend to like books that have a definitive end.  This book seemed to cut off in the middle of a conversation between two characters.  It was an interesting choice, and I wonder why the author chose to end it in this way.  Nevertheless, it is easy for me to see why this book is revered as a classic and considered a cornerstone of the genre.

Reader: Bekah