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Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives | [Larry McMurtry]

Folly and Glory: Volume 4 of The Berrybender Narratives

In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or where to go next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.
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In the final volume of The Berrybender Narratives, Tasmin and her family are under arrest in Mexican Santa Fe. Tasmin, who would once have followed her husband anywhere, is no longer even sure she likes him, or where to go next. Captain Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame, is puzzled by the great changes sweeping over the West, replacing red men and buffalo with towns and farms.

Jim Snow, Kit Carson, and one of Lord Berrybender's many illegitimate offspring make their way back to Santa Fe. But even they are unable to prevent the Mexicans from carrying the Berrybender family on a long and terrible journey across the desert to Vera Cruz. Beset by Indians and hounded by their Mexican guards, the Berrybenders endure all the horror of the Jornado del Muerto: the legendary Dead Man's Walk. The Mexican commander of the party falls in love with Tasmin, with unhappy consequences.

Starving, dying of thirst, they finally make their way to New Orleans, where Jim Snow has to choose between Tasmin and the great American plains. And after all her adventures, Tasmin must finally decide where her future lies.

Westward ho: listen to the rest of Larry McMurtry's Berrybender series.

©2004 Larry McMurtry. All rights reserved; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    morebooks99 Molalla, OR, United States 07-07-11
    morebooks99 Molalla, OR, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, great characters"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this saga, all four books. McMurtry did not disappoint with great characters, tying in historical characters and events, and bringing the harsh reality of the frontier to life. Alfred Molina was perfect as well. I'm just sorry it's done.

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    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 05-05-07
    Rebecca Lindroos Porterville, Ca USA 05-05-07 Member Since 2003

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    "Read the whole series!"

    This book is not readily understandable without the background of the earlier 3 in the series. Together they are a howl and a hoot combined. This one alone might not be so hot.

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    Richard Blaine, WA, USA 02-22-07
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    "Folly and Glory"

    If this whole series is not a mini-series soon, or maybe I missed it, then it should be. It would have to be edited, naturally, but what a story. It is in the order of the "Lonesome Dove" but with many more interesting characters. I have enjoyed all of McMurtry's work and hope to see the English family on screen some time before long. Its on a level with L'Amour's "How the West Was Won".

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed the Barrybender series."
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    I was sorry when I had finished listening to the last book in the series and had to leave that world. I hope McMurtry will continue the series.
    I really have to wonder if he wove in actual quirky happenings from the Old West along with his imagination.

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