by Larry McMurtry

Reviewer Rating:


Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorite novels. My family just returned from a trip to Montana, which is one of the settings in the book. Seeing the rolling hills and cattle reminded me of the book, and it's now on my to-read (again) pile.

The Pulitzer-Prize winning book is set in 1876 and features two main characters, Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. They are former Texas rangers, getting up there in years, and dependent on each other's friendship. They decide to round up a herd of Mexican cattle, hire some cowboys, and drive the herd to Montana for fattening and sale: one last adventure that will make some money, too. While the book is fiction, it is based on the history of Texas, the cowboy, and cattle drives.

I adore every character in this book. None of them is perfect, and they show their flaws. I never feel like the book drags, even though it's epic (read: long and detailed) and mostly about a cattle drive. There are several stops and new settings along the way, and subplots that introduce new characters and keep the action lively. This book is truly a hard-to-put-down page-turner.

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