The family sets out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. With them are Shay's siblings G.T., Neva, and Baby Marcy, Shay's uncle Seth, his Granpa Crackenthorpe, and Mary Margaret's beautiful half-sister Rose. During their journey they pick up a bare-footed priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to come along.
Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.
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"A zany performance of a zany story." (AudioFile)
While I knew McMurtry hasn't created another novel on the scale of Loneseome Dove, I was hoping to find something at least as entertaining. This book is very disappointing in that regard, both from a story perspective as well as the narrator. The beginning is slow and it's almost as if McMurtry got tired of writing at the end. I don't recommend this book at all.
Don't expect the power of Lonesome Dove. McMurtry is like Stephen King and others-- sometimes he is stunning, sometimes he seems to put it in autopilot. Here, he recreates the West entertainingly, and that is what this novel is-- enertaining. If you want depth, look elsewhere. In fact, I was hoping the worst for many of the central protagonists, especially the self-righteous, stereotypically Midwestern "Ma". Annoying also was the too-heavy country drawl of the narrator. A confusing aspect is the inclusion of Wild Bill Hickock, who just suddenly disappears like a side thought, much the way television brings in a character to a successful show briefly in order to do a spin-off. Still it is what it is, and it is always a joy to visit his version of the Wild West.
I am surprised that McMurtry would write this silly story. The reader makes it even more corny.
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