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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 AmericaJourney 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 rememberSeries in order of publicationLonesome Dove 1985Streets of Laredo 1993Dead Man's Walk 1995Comanche Moon 1997Series in order of internal chronologyDead Man's Walk – set in the early 1840sComanche Moon – set in the 1850–60sLonesome Dove – set in mid to late 1870sStreets of Laredo – set in the early 1890s


10 thoughts on “Lonesome Dove

  1. says:

    Update Finally able to talk about the book This book touched my heart made me laugh so many times made me mad and made me cry There are a lot of books I would never have read if it wasn't for my Goodreads friends but the two most memorable and that have made it to my favorites list are The Conte Of Monte Cristo and Lonesome Dove I loved so many characters in this book and I feel like I have been on that journey with them I kept wishing they would have stayed in Texas or at least stopped in Nebraska after so much they went through And my emotions are still raw as I cry Because people die and when you love characters you don't want that but that is life for real life in books and life in movies and tv I will write a detailed review after I have had some time away from what I just read I'm going to have to watch some shows read books and come back to talk about these people I grew to love To be continued Mel ❤️Like I have said this book really got to me I fell in love with so many of the characters I loved Augustus and he made me laugh through this whole book I have to say he was my favorite character I loved Call too but Gus was the one I loved Deets and he also has a special place in my heart I loved how he was with them for 30 something years He was a great man and a great tracker Roscoe is another character who cracked me up He was so innocent and funny I loved the relationship between him and the little girl Janey I didn't really care for Jake at all If they never listened to him none of the bad things would have happened I felt bad for him for a minute when he ended up with the Suggs boys and what happened to him in that situation I felt bad for Lorena and all that happened to her I loved the relationship between her and Gus I loved Newt who could not love Newt I really wish he could have gotten better closure at the end of the book I loved Pea Eye the Irishmen the pigs the horses Bolivar Po Clara July Joe Wilbarger and I'm sure I have left some out I just know that if you have been putting off reading this book don't go ahead and get to it I think 9 times out of 10 you won't regret it Mel ♥


  2. says:

    I was only willing to read this book because a friend told me I had to When I was thirty pages into it and complaining to him about being unable to handle any discussion about horses and beans he made me a bet If I got to page 101 out of 900 mind you and I still didn't enjoy it he'd take me out to dinner at any restaurant I wanted in New York City If at page 101 I had warmed up to it I had to finish I don't think I made it past the 60th page before I knew I had lost the betThe characters in this story are real than in any other book I've read I came to absolutely love characters I was so thoroughly annoyed with earlier in the book I feel that the depth of the characters allowed me to do something I can rarely do with the real people I encounter on a daily basis in my life to truly know each and every one of them so fully and so deeply so as to be able to wholly sympathize with them and genuinely understand the motivations behind their actions no matter how much I might disapproveI was so engrossed in this book that I had no problem regularly making a fool of myself in public places on the subway in coffee shops gasping weeping and shouting Nuh uhMy only criticism of the book is the way in which it plays into classic Western stereotypes particularly its portrayal of nearly every Native American character as a brutal savage Except for one character's brief mention of well they didn't invite us on this land the issues surrounding white settlers effectively stealing the land of another people is not addressed It's something to try to constantly keep in mind for sure but not something to keep you from reading this fantastic book


  3. says:

    Larry McMurtry is considered one of America's master story tellers His novels include Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show as well as the screenplay to Brokeback Mountain which later became award winning films A revered author in Texas he was invited by former First Lady Laura Bush to be a special guest speaker at the first annual Texas Book Festival It seems fitting that I began his definitive work Pulitzer winning Lonesome Dove on his birthday June 3 A story of Texas Rangers and winning the western frontier which later encouraged McMurtry to create a tetralogy Lonesome Dove is considered the foremost work of American western fiction Augustus Gus McCrae and Woodrow F Call ride as Texas Rangers for nearly thirty years keeping the new state safe from Indians Mexicans and ruffians following the completion of the Civil War By the time of the volume's opening however Mexicans decided to stay on their side of the Rio Grande and most Indians had cleared out of south Texas leaving the area to law abiding citizens Even though the two never tired completely of rangering they founded the Hat Creek Outfit a stables outside of Lonesome Dove a settlement close to the Mexican border It is here that McCrae and Call got their team of Rangers back together for one final adventure before they ride off into the sunset Creating a large cast of characters and multiple storylines that eventually meet up McMurtry creates a western novel that is than the story of cowboys and Indians Former ranger Jake Spoon a good guy turned outlaw convinced Call to move thousands of cattle and start the first ranch north of the Milk River in Montana At the time unexplored territory Call is up for the challenge and assembles a team of cowboys to make the journey north The group full of colorful personalities got than they bargained for on the trip Most thought it was to be a journey get paid and then return home to Lonesome Dove They did not sign up for river crossings sandstorms and skirmishes with Indians and grizzly bears Yet Call desires to conuer virgin territory and make a name for himself as one of the pioneers of the Montana land grab McCrae signs up for the journey as a last hurrah with his lifelong friend Yet even he gets than he asked for on the trip A carefree persona happy to sit back with a glass of whiskey and a deck of cards McCrae would rather be outside a saloon in Lonesome Dove than on a two thousand mile journey north Yet the thought of seeing the love of his life Clara Allen at the midway point of the trek spurs McCrae to join up Along the way he saves a whore named Lorena from a vile Indian named Blue Duck and becomes her guardian only to find himself when he meets with Clara once and for all This story line tugged on my emotions the most as McMurtry weaves multiple characters' stories together to form a nexus at Clara's ranch It is here that both the cowboys and their loves must make key decisions that are vital to the duration of the novel McMurtry makes Lonesome Dove than just a story of cowboys by informing his readers of key events that have taken place to change the course of the American west He touches on the plight of the Indians who in the 1870s are still fighting off the cavalry and cowboys for control of the great land grab The army settlers and Indians all think that the land belongs to them setting the stage for epic battle scenes none as brutal as those involving Blue Duck He also has the cowboys in their dialogue describe how if they are not careful all of the buffalo will be gone soon so the men enjoy watching and running with the great creatures while they are still able McMurtry also touches on the place of women in society as he describes in detail the characters of Lorena Clara and a wandering soul named Elmira All three are limited in choices between marriage and whoring and in the end Clara desires a brighter future for both Lorena and her two daughtersWhile I enjoyed the multiple story lines the place of women the character studies and history the journey from Texas to Montana is what kept me reading this volume At 750 pages in length the novel is fast reading as I desired to see the resolution of this complex story that McMurtry has created Now that I have completed and left behind Lonesome Dove I am ready to return again as the writing was captivating and held my attention throughout As I attempt to read through the Pulitzers I view Lonesome Dove as one of the best I hope to return to the tetralogy at some point but I would like to savor this 5 star read for awhile first


  4. says:

    The account of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana This is a very long novel which is nevertheless always compelling It contains memorable characters whose adventures are narrated in a deceptively straightforward styleWhat impresses me most about this book is that the fates of the characters are neither cornily predictable nor deliberately surprising The book's great length allows life to happen to them as it happens to all of us We have the leisure to observe them carefully and we are glad that we have come along for the drive


  5. says:

    This is my top favorite book of all time Its been on top since I read it shortly after it came out in paperback This is one of those great books where I remember the segment of my life while reading it That's how strong the Fictive Dream is in this book Where were you when? The book has two of the most endearing characters of all time there's action romance and great story lines But most of all I think this book is about enduring friendship and loyalty For years I wondered how McMurtry created such interesting characters and story Then I read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and realized that some of the story must have been taken from Texas history This in no way detracts from this wonderful story This book won the Pulitzer Prize and deserved itI highly recommend this bookDavid Putnam the author of The Bruno Johnson series


  6. says:

    Are you looking for the most Western book ever? If so Lonesome Dove better be in your searchThis was a fantastic epic journey I am glad I took this one slowly over the course of several months so that I could savor it You may look at this and say “Matthew you took exactly four months to read an 858 page novel? That must have been a chore” But it was not Every chapter was a story in itself every page added to the characters atmosphere drama etc No filler No boring parts Everything in Lonesome Dove is there for a reason and helps to make this one of the best Westerns everThe Story – The American West was not clean The American West was not forgiving This book does not pull any punches when it comes to setting the mood for what life was really like as the American West was settled Cowboys bandits whore houses fur trappers buffalo hunters Native Americans etc – all there and not romanticized I think it did a great job of touching on sensitive topics women’s role in the old West Native American treatment etc and keeping it real without making the reader uncomfortable Those things did happen so when telling stories about them it is easy to do it wrong and make a book uncomfortable to read I did not feel that was the case here even when things were at their most shocking in this storyThe Characters – So many wonderful and interesting characters I love that McMurtry took the time to flesh all of them out and make sure that even some of the minor characters have heart and soul than some of the main characters in other books And part of what is great about this is how real the characters are; they are not written so we think all the good guys are perfect or all the bad guys are bad You soon realize that anything is possible for any character and nothing feels forced to make a point The movement of all the lives together is very organic Needless to say a very satisfying character studyThe Atmosphere – You want to feel like you are in the Old West Read this book PeriodSummary – I am sure by now you can tell this book blew me away I would highly recommend it but it may not be for everyone If you are not a fan of Epics it is probably not for you If you have a hard time with real raw and often not pretty scenes in books this also may not be for you not uite as bad as Cormac McCarthy in Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West but still pretty intense If you are fans of books like Gone with the Wind by Mitchell or Centennial by Michener and you have not read this book you must You really really really must read this book


  7. says:

    This is one of my favoritest books ever In fact put a gun to my head and tell me chose just one and it’d be better than even money that Lonesome Dove would be what I’d name It has the bonus of not only being an incredible book but also having an excellent companion piece in the television mini series based on it that is one of the great all time fusions of print and film I can’t read this without hearing the voices of Robert Duvall Tommy Lee Jones Anjelica Huston Chris Cooper Danny Glover Diane Lane and all the rest in my head So every couple of years I do a rereading of the book and then I break out the DVD of the miniseries and I immerse myself in the perfection that is this story I didn’t know this until I was looking up some stuff on the net for this review but Lonesome Dove was virtually snubbed at the Emmy Awards War Remembrance beat it out for best mini series It only managed to take best director and a few other technical prizes Worse yet none of the actors nominated won It’s a good thing I never got into any bar wagers about this or I would have bet my house that Robert Duvall won best actor for a mini series and when I lost that I would have bet my car that it had to be Tommy Lee Jones Nope Anjelica Huston and Diane Lane and Danny Glover all lost too Hey Emmy voters of 1990 WTF??Why do I say the story is perfect? Start with the characters Augustus McRae and Woodrow Call are two retired Texas Rangers who run a rinky dink cattle company in a speck of a town called Lonesome Dove on the TexasMexico border Gus and Call couldn’t be unlikely friends Call is a dour workaholic who has spent his life trying to be the perfect leader of men while Gus is a good natured and lazy soul who likes to drink whiskey play cards and spend time with Lonesome Dove’s beautiful but distant whore Lorena Wood Gus also delights in giving Call grief about young Newt a boy they took in after the death of his mother Newt’s mom was a whore that Call had visited regularly for a short time and he may be the boy’s father but refuses to acknowledge itTheir dull routine is broken when their old friend and fellow ex Ranger Jake Spoon shows up Jake who is another candidate to be Newt's dad is looking for a hiding place after accidentally shooting a man in Arkansas and he fears that the sheriff July Johnson will be after him Jake’s idle remark about having been to Montana and that it’s a cattleman’s paradise for the first men to risk the hostile Indians starts a fever in Call He wants to be the first to drive a herd to the Montana territory and start a ranch thereCall soon has started hiring men and stealing Mexican cattle for the drive Gus says that Call is going to get them all killed just to have another adventure in a wild frontier but he goes along to see his old sweetheart Clara who is living in Nebraska Jake has taken up with Lorena and decides to travel along with the herd much to Gus’s amusement and Call’s aggravation The large cast of characters carry their hopes fears and limitations with them out onto the vast plains of the American Midwest and the drive turns out to be dangerous in ways they couldn’t even imagineThis book has everything that anyone could want in a story It’s epic in scale but relatable through it’s shifting point of view through a variety of vivid characters There’s intense western action and heart breaking love stories It’s incredibly profound and amazingly simple It’s hilarious at times but could reduce the toughest man in the world to tears at some points And all of this is set during those last moments when America was still half wild and anyone with the gumption to do so could throw together a herd of cattle and go out into the wilderness to make history or lose their scalp


  8. says:

    This was such a surprisingly wonderful read well beyond the traditional stereotypes of westerns with realistic lovable and hateful characters and an incredible scenario I am not sure how to present my review of this 1000 page masterpiece Perhaps we start with the town of Lonesome Dove itselfIt is a small settlement next to the Mexican border There is the Hat Creek crew with their horses a collection of which is a remuda and cattle In charge of the crew are Captain Woodrow Call and Captain Augustus 'Gus' McCrae who are our two primary protagonists They are longtime friends and former Texas Rangers one whose suad was also the somewhat dim hand Pea Eye Parker and the Mexican cook Bolivar There is a younger man Newt that was adopted by the crew after his mother a local prostitute named Maggie passed away I believe her story is told in Comanche Moon There are a few other ranches around and the downtown is just a handful of shops and the local saloon the Dry Bean which is also the local whorehouse both owned and run by Frenchman Xavier Wanz In the whorehouse Lorena Wood is a rather silent prostitute living at the Dry Bean with a sad long backstory that landed her in Lonesome Dove Augustus is one of her kinder and generous customers Lippy who has a droopy lip and a hole in his stomach plays the pian er and serves as comic relief in the barInto this picture Dishwater Boggett a local cowhand rides in and falls head over heels with Lorena who barely notices his existence But the entire plot is set into inexorable motion with the arrival of former Ranger and colleage of Call and Gus Jake Spoon gambler lady's man and alcoholic Naturally Lorena immediately falls head over heels in love with him giving up on the sporting life Before this however he goes to the ranch and after some reminiscing plants the idea of a cattle drive up into unsettled Montana The idea being to open and settle the land there with a few thousand head of cattle these will be stolen from Mexico by the crew This idea initially panned by Gus is for somewhat inexplicable reasons at first picked up by Call and becomes an obsession He decides to make the drive and thus the story begins in earnest Since the rest of the book is the trek from Texas to Montana we need to add to this picture a few other important characters July Johnson a sheriff in Fort Smith Arkansas whose brother was mistakenly killed by Jake Spoon thus explaining his presence somewhat clandestine in Texas He is married to Elmira who is unbeknownst to him a former prostitute still in love with her last pimp Dee Boot He has a deputee Roscoe Brown and a son named Joe At the beginning of Part 2 Part 1 being dedicated to the organization and start of the cattle drive July and Joe set out to capture Jake Spoon and bring him to justice and Roscoe is tasked with watching Elmira who takes off on a whiskey boat to find her beau Dee Clara Allen this is Gus' first true love who we meet at the beginning of Part 3 She has two daughers Sally and Betsey and a dying husband Bill She is strong willed uick tongued and excellent with horses Blue Duck When Gus and Call settled Texas they wiped out the most violent Indian criminals as well as Mexican bandits they missed one The evil Blue Duck is one of literatures most repulsive and inherently evil bad guys on the level of Anton Chiggah in No Country for Old Men or Heath Ledger's Joker in the film The Dark Knight He kills and rapes with no remorse and is a formidable antagonist for Gus and his capture of Lorena is a key pivot in the plotThe thing that strikes the reader is how the book avoids stereotypes Despite having played a major role in destroying the place of Indians in the West and reducing the survivors to either crime or starvation as we see repeatedly in the book Gus realizes this and uestions which side was truly in their rights who really belonged on the land and sees the mechanics of how the scheme workedHere is Gus about settling the West Why women and children and settlers are just cannon fodder for lawyers and bankers Augustus said They're part of the scheme After the Indians wipe out enough of them you get your public outcry and we go chouse the Indians out of the way If they keep coming back then the Army takes over and chouses them worse Finally the Army will manage the whip 'em down to where they can be sueezed onto some reservation so the lawyers and bankers can come in and get civilisation started Every bank in Texas ought to pay us a commission for the work we done If we hadn't done it all the bankers would still be back in Georgia living on poke salad and turnip greens p 83At another point during a conversation with Call Gus says Does it ever occur to you that everything we done was probably a mistake? Just look at it from a nature standpoint If you've got enough snakes around the place you won't be overrun with rats and varmints The way I see it the Indians and the bandits have the same job to do Let them be and you won't constantly be having to ride around these dern settlements p 319 And later The thing is if I'm going to be treated like an Indian I might as well act like one I think we spent our best years fighting on the wrong side p 327Dish hopelessly in love with and devoted to Lorena lost all sense of what life was about He even lost the sense that he was a cowboy the strongest sense he had to work with He was just a fellow with a glass in his hand who life had suddenly turned to mud p 98 After stealing cattle and horses from Mexico from a former rival that had died unbeknownst to the company they drive north During the drive they are hit by misfortunes of Biblical proportions one is killed after stepping in a nest of snakes in a river another having been struck by lightning the crew is hit with sandstorms locust storms and hail storms At one point the surly Bolivar uits the company and they hire Po Campo later on to replace him This is a good moment to point out the many moments of humor in the book the rivalry between Gus and Po as the team's primary sources of entertainment was a great on going joke Po Campo is a Mexican character who walks beside the wagon all the way north being the closest to nature of all of them In the narrative the drive continues the destinies of Roscoe and Joe and Elmira play out against a background of the drive making it across to Montana with wonderful descriptions the great west technical explanations of the various aspects of cattle drives and of course just great storytelling I hope this review encouraged you to pick up and read this classic if you never had or to reread it if you have I was moved by the depth of the characters the refusal of McMurtry to water down the violence or succumb to empty stereotypes or a Hollywood ending While being faithful to aspects of the classic western McMurtry surpassed the genre to create a real masterpiece of American literature that is enduring and beautifulI am watching the 1989 TV series again with my kids 10 and 13 and we all nearly cried at the end of the first episode Duvall is extraordinary as Gus Tommy Lee Jones is great at Callthe breaking in of Hell Bitch was so well shot Just wish we had seen the rancher that Gus had that hilarious exchange about renting pigs with Definitely worth seeking out the TV show One of the rare adaptations to the small screen that came close to the perfection of the book This first episode ends with the cattle drive over the Nueces River and the first tragedy of many along the routeThe second episode deals a lot with Blue Duck Gus and Lorrie It is a rather brutal episode but the beauty of Gus’ friendship for Lorrie is breathtaking as are the two gunfights particularly the first one I think they could have cast someone a bit Heath Ledger ish as Blue Duck as well as for Monkey John and Ermoke because the characters in the book were far wicked and well drawn Episode two draws to a close as Gus comfort LorrieIn the 3rd episode we see the results of Jake’s moral laziness and the justice meted out by his friends We also finally meet Clara in Ogalalla We also see that Elmira’s obsession with the “unlucky” Dee Boot leads her and Big Zwey to being scalped Another excellent episode where the humanity of Gus’ half honesty contrasted with the increasingly blind devotion to Duty by Call his utter lack of subtlety leading to Deeks’ unnecessary death which closes the episode setting us up for the finale In this episode Duvall’s acting is truly something to beholdThe last episode deals with well the end of the book and is full of beauty in Montana as well as the death of some important characters for whom my entire family was in tears It did not vary much from the book other than skipping the epic bull grizzly fight and giving a slightly different final scene Overall it was an extraordinary TV show and was nearly a perfect reflection of the book Duvall and Lee Jones are absolutely splendid and there are great lines here than in the last 7 Star Wars movies combined ;


  9. says:

    Pulitzer Prize winner 2010I’ve made some unexpected surprisingly great choices these past couple of months 1 I never planned on watching the Netflix series “Anne With An E”It turned out to be so darn goodI was crushed when it was overIt’s NOTthough I recently learned another season will be returningHappy dancing 2 Other friends raved to me about “Poldark” years agoboth the books and the seriesbut I didn’t plan on diving in WellI just finished the first two seasons I’m hooked as hooked can be Viva la melty 3 I never thought I’d invest time in a 900page western”Lonesome Dove” If we look up the word ‘epic’ in the dictionary it wouldn’t surprise me to find “Lonesome Dove” and author Larry McMurtry mentionedEpicas in thecharacters main and supporting suspense the old west the journey adventure romance sour dough biscuits bacon and eggs cattle horses early morning sunrises serious card playing sassy dialogue friendships outlaws ladies as ladies ladies wearing ‘pants’ as a new phenomenon vivid details and descriptions fresh air horrors violence and heartbreak the laughs the drinking smoking eating personal challenges blaming others stubborn personalities wisdom inspiration hopes dreams tough touching historical aspects etcThis story was actually based on the real lives of Charles Goodnight’s and Oliver Loving’s cattle drive from Texas to Montana A little ‘spent’ at the momentbut this book defies categorizationI am thankful for the time spent inside this masterpiece I can now understand why this book left a mark on the world Special thanks to Lloyd Alli and Cherifor the gentle push encouragement to read it now not some other yearGuess what series I’ll watch next after Poldark? Yepyou guessed it “Lonesome Dove”


  10. says:

    Hands Down my Favourite Book in 2014First of all the physical; the book I see looking up at me from my coffee table It looks worn well thumbed well read pages and cover alike beginning to curl up and soiled by use Well that and all the casual I take books with me acuaintances to the one they all had to pick it up look it over It may look well rode but it still feels soft warm and pliant in my hand The stars twinkle up at me from the cover and I wish I wish I wish it wasn’t over I long to go back When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake – not a very big one It had probably just been crawling around looking for shade when it ran into the pigs They were having a fine tug of war with it and its rattling days were over The sow had it by the neck and the shoat by the tail “You pigs git” Augustus said kicking the shoat “Head on down to the creek if you want to eat that snake” It was the porch he begrudged them not the snake Pigs on the porch just made things hotter and things were already hot enough He stepped down into the dusty yard and walked around to the springhouse to get his jug The sun was still high sulled in the sky like a mule but Augustus had a keen eye for sun and to his eye the long light from the west had taken on an encouraging slantAnd so it begins I have read a number of different reviews; many of which discuss how long it took for them to get invested in the story Not so for me I gotta say that I latched on to Augustus McCrae pretty early on and even though I can feel uite acutely Captain Call’s presence every time he crosses the page with Hell Bitch it is Gus’s company I seek on this trail Makes sense I guess I met him first back in 1876 in Lonesome Dove Texas It has been uite a journey Make no mistake; I spent time with all of the Hat Creek Cattle Company not just the ex rangers as they drove their herd out of Texas and across the Great Plains bound for Montana I pined with Dish listened to the Irish sing and the remuda nicker and whinny I ate dust with Newt on the heels of the herd and scouted for water and crossings with Deets I was there for the water moccasins the grizzlies and the cloud of grasshoppers not to mention Blue Duck one of the most frightening sinister men ever; he made the hair on the back of my neck my arms and everywhere else stand stock still at attention I seethed at Jake swam with Pea Eye and felt Lorena’s despair way down deep in my bones I am just skimming the surface here there are others with tales to tell like July Johnson the painfully shy sheriff from Arkansas searching for his wife and Clara the dark haired beauty with the scorching tongue in Nebraska who may just sear you with her wordsBut back at the fire I would curl up and listen to Gus talk reassured by his very presence as we have a drink play a hand or two and prepare to bed down Amid all the words in all the books on all of the pages I have ever travelled never before have I met a man so damn finely crafted so carefully rendered so agonizingly authentic as Augustus McCrae It is as though I know him for real Honestly I enjoy his company and even now miss his conversation Yes I want to go back Ride one time with the Hat Creek Cattle Company who don’t rent pigsI god folks seriously what is happening here? I do not read westerns Fact is were I not a member of this wonderful on line community of book lovers chances are pretty good that I would never have read this book Do not make that mistake and yes I Thank You one and all