Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.
I’ll keep this one spoiler free. 🙂
That’s a good way to start this haha. This book completely blew me away. I’ve never read a western novel before and I wasn’t sure I would like this book especially since it’s such a long book. I was completely shocked though. This book was incredible and I’m so surprised with how much I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely my new favorite book so y’all will probably be hearing about it a lot haha.
The writing in this book is incredible. It’s set in an older time, but it’s so well done and it’s not confusing like some historically written books can be. The way the author describes this is done so well. It made me feel like I was in the book and part of the crew. It didn’t bore me at all which is always a plus because descriptive books are either hit or miss there is no inbetween.
The characters! Oh man did I love them. I completely fell in love with them and even the characters I didn’t like I still really respected their role in the story. It’s crazy how good of a job McMurtry did having everything come full circle. The way all the characters tied together and how their stories also intertwined…was so beautifully done. I just fell in love with the characters and their lives and how not only their lives changed but how they changed along the way.
This book did break my heart as well…but I’m not gonna spoil anything. It had some really good twists in it that not only keeps your interest throughout the book but also can rip your heart out and shock you just as much as it shocks the characters in the story. Like I said it almost makes you feel like you’re part of the story. I still can’t get over some of the things that happened haha…still a little salty.
I think the characters help carry the story. The plot is great don’t get me wrong but you have main characters like Gus and Call that made the story. Gus is the funny one who never takes life too seriously but he isn’t dumb. He’s a very smart man compared to most but he is incredibly witty. He’s like the light in the book that keeps things cheery. Call is a serious man like a shark who can’t stop swimming or he’ll die. If call stops working he’ll die. He’s the most hardworking and serious man in the whole book and is respected by all. Together Gus and Call balance one another out. They’er polar opposites yet they also share a lot of similarities.
I never thought a book about two older men driving cattle all the way to Montana from Texas would be interesting, but it kept my interest the whole way. Like I said the characters are what make it so good. They’re each so well written and created so beautifully to help add to the story and the journey within. I love them.
There’s also so many things that happen along the way. You’ll think things will be fine and then BAM! something happens and you’re on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how they’ll get through it. You never know what to expect while you’re reading, which like I said helps keep you engaged the entire time.
Another thing I really liked is that I could put this book down and pick it back up like I never walked away. As you may be aware I read this book over the course of four months…so clearly I took my time. I didn’t want to rush it because I wanted to really absorb the book, the story, and the characters. However, sometimes I had to set his book aside so I could finish my other books, but every single time I picked this book back up it felt like I never left. I was never confused or forgot where I was at. It felt like I had just pressed pause and then was able to jump right in where I left off. I think that’s partly because of how good the writing is in this book.
I definitely recommend giving this book a shot! If you’re not in the mood to read such a long book then I definitely recommend the movies! My dad said they follow the book almost word for word, so it’s definitely another good option. 🙂 I haven’t watched the movies yet but my dad has seen them so many times so I trust him when he says that haha. He’s the one who recommended this book to me. I was worried I would have to force myself to get through it, but it was honestly such an enjoyable read. 🙂 I definitely think everyone should give it a shot haha.