A Journey to the Wild West: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Book Review


A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

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.

My Thoughts

I started reading Lonesome Dove for the prompt “A western” for the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020. I started reading this book around three weeks ago. Lonesome Dove has a slow pace that I found myself reading other books simultaneously as this book. As I’ve mentioned, Lonesome Dove has a slow pace. There were times when I was bored especially in the initial chapters that I actually considered not reading further. After finishing the book, I have to say that I do not regret reading this book.

I would like to really commend the world building in this book. From the first chapter until the very end, I was transported to the Wild West. The author was able to describe the surroundings from town to town, from rivers to plains. Wherever the characters march, you feel like you are there as well.

Lonesome Dove is also filled with interesting characters. At first, I couldn’t keep up with all the characters popping up. They all just blended into “cowboys” in my head but the more I read, the more I appreciated those wonderful characters. In the surface, all of them are stereotypical wild west characters but they are so much more than that. All the characters have different layers and depth. It is obvious that the author nurtured the characters as they are fully realized. They all have their different personalities and journeys and it was fun reading their adventure.

The author is also a superb storyteller. The plot seems simple enough like a straight tree trunk. But, the branches from that straight storyline is rich. Some subplots made me feel the thrill while some tug at my heartstrings. I have a special place for my heart for the subplots of the women in this book. I was able to see the struggles of women in this time period. It was a time when women had to rely to men in order to live. I am glad to see this glimpse of their life even though I may not be able to fully understand their choices. It’s remarkable for me that the author was able to write this immense story with such a straight-forward manner. No fancy prose, just good stories weaved together. What I love the most about the stories is that you don’t know where it will take you.

Overall, I am glad that I’ve read this book. It’s one hell of an adventure reading this book. Although I this book is definitely outside my comfort zone, the talents of the author with the superb storytelling and well-developed characters made me admire this book.


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