The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena - once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier.
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"Streets of Laredo is a splendid addition to the literary portrait of McMurtry's native Texas and the West that he has been creating for three decades. It's also one of his most affectingly melancholy books.... The characters are as finely etched as any McMurtry has ever minted." (Newsweek)
"One of McMurtry's most powerful and moving achievements." (Los Angeles Times)
"A marvelous novel in its own right and in every way a worthy successor to Lonesome Dove." (Chicago Tribune)
Although I like McMurtry's books, this one just seemed to take the cake when I finished it tonight. It seems to me that Larry loves to introduce his characters into his stories, gets you to love them or hate them, and then kills them off slowly! I think he just likes to play with his "readers-listeners" emotions, similarly to some of his characters "killings". Why else would all the main characters be gone now, in the Lonesome Dove saga's, well......almost gone, only one's left are P-i, Lorena, and barely by a whisker, Call.
Completed Lonesome Dove.
All the bandits were taken care of.
Pea Eye Parker shooting Joey Gaza.
I wouldn't rename it.
These four books have told quite a story & I really hate to see them end.
I read many of the reviews and must say that initially i agreed with them. The book was just too hard, too unforgiving, and lacking in its former humor which helped take the edge off the unrelenting subject matter.
But now . . . I realize that i've ridden too far and too long in McMurtry's world and with his wonderful, enduring characters. Mr. McMurtry is the master of the trail and this is where the trail has ultimately taken us. I might wish things were different but alas, as in life, these are the cards we have been dealt. Life sux today as it did back then and unfortunately life's bows are never neatly tied.
With age often comes acceptance, regret, or a hardening of the heart and the humor of youth, that once so easily allowed us to float above sadness, now dries up like rain in the parched Texas desert.
This is a book of endings, and beginnings and life at it most raw. McMurtry could not have written a more realistic, beautiful and touching conclusion.
Loved the deep character development; rich, colorful and epic in its descriptions
No and at first didn't like but he grew on me and I thought he did an excellent job overall.
Freezing to Death on the Border... I don't know, it wasn't a good title but it didn't take away my enjoyment of the story.
Though there were so many subplots and characters I listened with interest bc I am new to westerns (thanks to Lonesome Dove) and I feel like I learned something about this wild west that used to be. It's history, and it reminds me what was and it's excellent story telling.
This story is a great and worthy sequel to lonesome dove, I read this story while riding horseback over a period of days and enjoyed every min of this story as it took me through captain calls life after lonesome dove.
I've loved the other lonesome dove books but this one was not all that great. it could have been about a quarter of the length if the characters hadn't all been harping things repetitively.
and, though i know some men are scum, all but four of the men mentioned in this story were seemingly leering rapists. i understand things were different then, but really it was so annoying that half the book was thoughts of how the men think poorly of the women.
maria's character was annoying. why didn't she just let them kill her son?
overall, mcmurtry just was too repetitious in this one. seems like he was just trying to fill space. it could have been a really great story.
I have lived Lonesome Dove for 20+ years. I thought I'd f I bally read this final chapter in the series. It was very good, however, it wasn't great like Lonesome Dove. I'd still very much recommend it to see what happens to Cap'n Call, and the rest of the Hat Creek Cattle Co.
I was not impressed with this book. I fast-forwarded through much if it. The change in characters from Lonesome Dove to this book was too hard to believe. I would not recommend this book for purchase.
With all four of McMurtry's "Call" (what else could you call them at this point?) books behind me, I've come to an unfortunate conclusion: the worst story was given the best narration.
While I found Will Patton's drawl well suited to Dead Man's Walk and Lee Horsely a fine but ultimately derivative voice for Lonesome Dove (every time Frank Muller said a character's name in Comanche Moon I wanted to scream), Daniel Von Bargen finds a tone that fits perfectly between McMurtry's style and lending (mostly) realistic voice to characters. Some readers here have expressed anger with DVB's "slow" pace, but it's a) not that slow and b) perfectly suited to the repetitive voice of the author.
If anyone is to blame for the sense of disappointment that constantly fogs around SoL, it's McMurty, who despite writing this voume before DMW and Comanche Moon, managed to resist the temptation in those books to 1) write virtually the same thoughts line after line for each character at times, when it isn't 2) multiple pages of the female characters complaining about the males or 3) a total lack of action. If anyone else listened to these books in chronological order and felt the incredible Comanche characters in Dead Man's Walk were made to sound stupid and uninteresting in Comanche Moon, that's essentially what McMurty does here to every character you liked from Lonesome Dove who lived through that book. Maybe that was his intention, but despite the life DVB brings this story I have a feeling I'd be horribly bored reading it.
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