Search Results: "Larry McMurtry"


BOOK REVIEW

DUANE'S DEPRESSED by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 1999

"You probably won't be able to either."
Likable characters, wry dialogue, and a bittersweet sense of time passing and opportunities lost are the engaging features of this amiable follow-up (and the conclusion of a trilogy) to McMurtry's The Last Picture Show (1966) and Texasville (1987). Read full book review >

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WHEN THE LIGHT GOES by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"For McMurtry fans, there's some heat here, but little light."
Compared to the literary feasts McMurtry has previously delivered, this is barely a snack. Read full book review >

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BOOKS by Larry McMurtry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"A pleasant amble in Bookland and a treat for the bookishly inclined, as well as for McMurtry buffs."
Having written about other aspects of his life, novelist and screenwriter McMurtry (When the Light Goes, 2007, etc.) finally gets around to his bibliomania. Read full book review >

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ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO BE STRANGERS  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1972

"Susceptibly minor."
Danny Deck is not through school yet down there in Texas when he writes his first novel and sells it to Random House and the movies which might just remind you of the kind of easy-come success Larry McMurtry had with the books which became Hud and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >

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PARADISE by Larry McMurtry
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2001

"No overachievement itself, this is likely to disappoint loyal McMurtry fans."
A glancing memoir by McMurtry (Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, 1999, etc.), an extraordinarily talented spinner of tales, the author of such bestselling and critically acclaimed titles as Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2005

"All in all, earnestly winning, old-fashioned storytelling."
A slapdash, repetitious but nonetheless compelling look at two phenoms of the late-19th-century, by Mr. Wild West himself. Read full book review >

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TELEGRAPH DAYS by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Though the novel ultimately covers a lot of territory, this isn't a return to the Oscar-winner's epic sweep of Lonesome Dove, but it's an easy, breezy read."
McMurtry delivers more laughs and a lot more sex than usual as he chronicles the transition from the waning days of the Old West gunfighters through the rise of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Read full book review >

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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1975

"If all of it goes on much too long, there are some nice lines and among those Terms of Endearment to be applied—why not try ease, affection, benignity."
Ninety-six percent of McMurtry's new novel is skittery, haphazard comedy about one of those pleasantly imperious originals, Aurora Greenway, widowed at 49, and never able to "vouch for tomorrow" or quite live up to the promise of her full lower lip. Read full book review >

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CADILLAC JACK  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1982

"Somebody Darling."
McMurtry's down-home fictions have always been juiced up with side-orders of raunchy charm and beer-barrel comedy—but this time he tries, with middling results, to make an entire novel out of such enticing (yet ultimately wearying) trimmings. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY'S DARLING  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1978

"And, perhaps most remarkably of all, McMurtry has adopted the relentless four-letter-worded vocabulary and groinal preoccupations of Hollywood without surrendering some intangible thread of clean-hearted decency—just one of the elusive charms that make this imperfect but lovable book the closest thing to the New Hollywood novel to come along so far."
McMurtry (The Last Picture Show) has perhaps attempted the impossible: he's portraying today's Hollywood, from the inside, in all its glossy ugliness, while at the same time trying to coax from that milieu some tenderness, some equivalent for the dead nostalgia of old-time Hollywood. Read full book review >

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RHINO RANCH by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"A lovely, high-lonesome end to Duane's saga that also offers the possibility of more books to come—which readers will certainly hope McMurtry delivers."
Duane Moore's depressed and a little horny—but not as horny as the black rhinoceroses that have entered his increasingly complicated life. Read full book review >

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THE DESERT ROSE  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1983

"But Pepper is a formidably unsentimental creation, the supporting cast is lovably eccentric (Harmony's housemates include goats, peacocks, and garage-sale-maven Myrtle)—and, even if not every deep, this is an ingratiating closeup of wounded-yet-cheerful souls, steadily alive with modest insights and low-key humor."
After the ambitious dark-comedy of Somebody's Darling and the satiric sprawl of Cadillac Jack, McMurtry returns here to the affectionate, life-sized, gently biting portraiture of Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >