Comanche Moon

I almost skipped reading “Comanche Moon” because of some critical reviews – and it does have a lot of flaws, which I’ll get into.  In the end I decided to read it because it brings back Famous Shoes, the Kickapoo tracker who was practically the best single thing about “Streets of Laredo.”  And there is … Continue reading Comanche Moon

Dead Man’s Walk

They say that “Streets of Laredo”, the sequel to “Lonesome Dove,: suffers from not having Gus McCrae, who didn’t survive the first book.  They also say that because fans wanted to see Gus again, Larry McMurtry wrote his prequels to “Lonesome Dove”, in which we get to see both Gus and Call in their youth:  … Continue reading Dead Man’s Walk

Theology and morality in Laredo

“Streets of Laredo”, the sequel to “Lonesome Dove,” is so filled with cruelty and death that paradoxically, it doesn’t feel ultra-realistic; it feels theological and moral – and the environment feels otherworldly.  Larry McMurtry once said that with “Lonesome Dove,” he had thought to create a “poor man’s Inferno”, but “Laredo” is where he actually … Continue reading Theology and morality in Laredo

Streets of Laredo

About 10 years ago I saw the television adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel, “Streets of Laredo,” his sequel to “Lonesome Dove.” I had recently become a father, and that may have colored my judgment a bit, but I found “Laredo” to be, among many things, most memorably a story about parenthood. Motherhood, in this case. … Continue reading Streets of Laredo

Lonesome Dove book vs movie

I first saw the TV miniseries adaptation of “Lonesome Dove” in the early 90s, about four years after it premiered. I didn’t read the novel until this summer. The movie was and probably always will be one of my favorites, but after reading the novel I’m finding some important differences between the two, that I’d … Continue reading Lonesome Dove book vs movie

McMurtry and Cervantes

Larry McMurtry published “Streets of Laredo”, his sequel to “Lonesome Dove”, in summer 1993.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution then ran a piece by Michael Skube, who compared “Lonesome Dove” to “Don Quixote”:   Living briefly off the luster of its predecessor, a sequel establishes its own grounds as art or it diminishes the work from which … Continue reading McMurtry and Cervantes

Don Quixote and Lonesome Dove

I’ve recently finished Larry’s McMurtry’s western, “Lonesome Dove,” a magnificent novel that I cannot get off my mind. I’ve been doing a little research about the book, and apparently McMurtry was partly inspired by “Don Quixote.” In his 2008 memoir, he wrote: [E]arly on, I read some version of Don Quixote and pondered the grave … Continue reading Don Quixote and Lonesome Dove


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