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)
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.
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.
At least 4 different characters have names pronounced differently than in Lonesome Dove. The story is great, though the abrupt dismissal of long known characters can be off-putting.
Overall, the book is very entertaining. It comes close to living up to the original Lonesome Dove, but falls a little short. And I mean minimally short, but LD was a classic in my mind so it's hard to recreate a classic. Very entertaining.
Great wrap up of the best western series I've ever read. Terrific performance. I highly recommend this book. However, you need to read Lonesome Dove first. I recommend the entire series.
Repeated the same storyline over and over. Dragging out the story. Unfortunately not a successful follow up to Lonesome Dove. Some great characters, but mostly painful to listen to. And I am a huge fan.
Great story overall especially for lonesome dove fans. there are surprises for the main LD characters, and elaboration on others plus fascinating new ones. Brutality rated R.
read all 4 now.
No. I loved Lonesome Dove and intend to read the initial books in the series with the strong hope that they move faster than this one.
There's a good story in there but the continued digressions into the background and psyche of everyone with any relevance meant that the flow of the story could never really get off the ground. This would be one of those best read in book form so that you could skim over these parts.
People have complained that the narrator was one of the reasons the book moved along so slowly, but I think he read at a rate appropriate for the story. The story was slow -- not the narrator.
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