Search Results: "Larry McMurtry"


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MOVING ON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1970

"The book essentially is hers and it goes along in a self-propelled fashion—you may find many people reading it and not remembering they have."
This double length, in fact King ranch styled novel, which moves in and out of Texas, is the publisher's lead book and you may remember McMurtry's earliest successes—Horseman Pass By (Hud) or The last Picture Show. Read full book review >

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THE LATE CHILD by Larry McMurtry
Released: May 1, 1995

"Still, this candy-coated-seeming road novel, even as it tackles themes of grief and healing, grows monotonous."
Overlong seriocomic sequel to Pulitizer-winning McMurtry's The Desert Rose (1983). Read full book review >

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LEAVING CHEYENNE  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"His offensive and unnecessary scenes animal and human micturition are the devices of an amateur, and, at still less than the age of 30, McMurtry is not that but a powerful storyteller with a grip on his landscape and background material."
She title's Cheyenne is "that part of a cowboy's day which is his earliest best — his blood's country and his heart's pastureland". Read full book review >

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LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1985

"It will appeal to all lovers of fiction of the first order."
This large, stately, and intensely powerful new novel by the author of Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show is constructed around a cattle drive—an epic journey from dry, hard-drinking south Texas, where a band of retired Texas Rangers has been living idly, to the last outpost and the last days of the old, unsettled West in rough Montana. Read full book review >

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HORSEMAN, PASS BY  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1961

"Grandad's way of life is strong-and can only be killed violently - so that it is a fitting end that he meets."
A simply told, warm, rather melancholy tale of changing times in the small ranch country of Texas. Read full book review >

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BOONE'S LICK  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

Reminds warmly of Lonesome Dove and others in the McMurtry canon (Comanche Moon, 1997, etc.): colorful, poignant, funny. 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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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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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1966

"It's a commercial book guaranteed to the talented author's audience won with Horsemen Pass By (filmed as Hud) but chockablock with all the devices for teaching fictional heroes the facts of life one meets in print, with monotonous regularity."
Thalia, Texas is the sort of God foresaken small town where, "...you can't sneeze without somebody offerin' you a handkerchief." 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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ANYTHING FOR BILLY  by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1988

"Stuffed with excitement, humor, tragedy, and leathery Western lore; centerpieced by McMurtry's vibrant portrait of Billy, scary, pathetic, yet darkly if oddly sympathetic; told in a warm, wise voice that you wish would never cease: this is a golden, always surprising yarn, and a welcome return by McMurtry to the high-stepping form of Lonesome Dove."
For Billy the Kid, that is—here, a "young, short, dirty, ugly, and violent" killer, but still magnet enough to polarize the fabulous cast of historical and fictional characters that McMurtry (Texasville, 1987; Lonesome Dove, 1985; etc.) assembles in this lustrous new Western entertainment. Read full book review >

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ZEKE AND NED by Larry McMurtry
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A mock-heroic tale of culture shock and sudden death along our westering frontier in which the principals (whether red or white) are portrayed as simple-minded primitives."
Pulitzer Prize winner McMurtry (Dead Man's Walk, 1995, etc.) and his collaborator on Pretty Boy Floyd (1994) attempt to bestow mythic stature on a maverick American Indian in this for-want-of-a-nail yarn set in 1870s Oklahoma. Read full book review >