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stadje in het Westen. Dl. I: Lonesome Dove, [Een] (1985)

door Larry McMurtry

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Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana, and follows the lives of Gus and Call, the cowboys heading the drive, Gus's woman, Lorena, and Blue Duck, a sinister Indian renegade.
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An extremely enjoyable Western revolving around two former Texas Rangers, Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, who have a ranch together after having pretty much made Southern Texas safe for settling in their younger days. In the 1870s, restless after years of relative peace, they embark on driving an enormous herd of cattle two thousand miles north to Northern Montana where they'd be the first cattlemen to establish operations.

The story is filled to the brim with memorable characters, first just the men of their outfit and the citizens of Lonesome Dove, then the colorful men they hire to help with the drive, then the various people they encounter on their trip. There are many thrilling adventures against people intent on doing them harm and against the geography and weather. They meet people needing their help too.

Most of the characters in the book at one point end up at a horse ranch in Nebraska owned by the lost love of Gus's life, Clara. In fact, seeing Clara again is one of Gus's goals in going on the journey. Clara is a terrific, complex character and her family become central to the later part of this epic story.

This is a giant book but reads quickly and provides a tremendous amount of entertainment. It also leaves you with a lot to think about regarding men and wilderness, the call of a good journey, and the role women played in settling the vast open spaces of the American West. ( )
  RobertOK | Oct 23, 2022 |
I loved the movie, and now I finally get around to loving the book. For me, it was the audiobook version, which was well-done and authentic sounding, although I think he overdid the loudness part of Gus's voice; possibly this was on purpose, but it was a bit much sometimes. However, it did make him stand out more, not that he really needed that.

So, how can I, a mere mortal, review this book? Well, fortunately, I don't need to say much, as it's all been said by others, and I concur. It was humorous, especially in the first half. I've been around groups of people that are similar to these, mainly in the foothills of the California Sierras, and I immediately related to this group at Lonsome Dove. They're country-westerners sitting around telling tales that may or may not be true, and are usually exaggerated, and often accompanied by alcohol. Totally politically incorrect, usually good-natured and harmless. If you know the type, you'll understand, but if not, you will after reading this book. They often cause trouble, but they always want to help out someone in trouble, even if they sometimes make it worse.

This loyalty is a big part of the story, as is the part about making things worse.

The book was long, but I didn't really want it to end. I especially felt bad when it got close to the end, and I could see that a big problem was probably not going to get resolved. This was sad, but there were many sad parts of this book. Don't let the light-hearted banner at the beginning make you think it will be like that for the whole book. Travelling close to 1500 miles with a herd of cattle is bound to have some hardships, and people die - many of which have become our imaginary friends. Some of the things they go through are incredible, such as huge grasshopper swarms, snake nests, lack of water, too much water, etc. The fact that they mostly made it to their destination is pretty amazing to me. I'm glad I was only reading the book, as I would never have made it.

The book was long, but I almost want to start over and read it again - it's that good. I definitely want to see the movie again now, and perhaps read some other stories from the series - Streets of Laredo, Dead Man's Walk, and Comanche Moon (1997). But I'm afraid these might be anti-climatic, although it seems like at least one of them was fairly well received (Comanche Moon).
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  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
I gave up all my regular routines and sunk into reading Lonesome Dove over the past three days. Sprawling doesn't really do it justice: Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae, mostly retired Texas rangers, operate a rundown livery stable in Lonesome Dove, Texas, just on the Mexican border. When a former colleague, Jake Pool, arrives at the ranch after an accidental killing, he comes with tales of Montana. Call, the leader of the Hat Creek Outift, makes the decision to head north with a cattle herd. And thus the saga begins. McMurtry has created complex, quirky characters and weaves their stories together in a masterful way. The violence is sudden and graphic, a true depiction of the lives of these cowboys.

I finished my bingo card with this one: at 800+ pages, it is definitely a LONG book. I started it several times this year on the Kindle and then finally bought a used hard backed copy. I think that helped: watching the physical bookmark moving along provided a bit of motivation. in the end, I am glad I read it: a classic story of the West and the kind of novel that I am not sure gets written any more.
  witchyrichy | Sep 29, 2022 |
One big, fat book but a good and easy read. I read this book years ago, sometime after the movie came out. I really enjoyed it, but I enjoyed the movie better...the reason for the 4 star instead of 5. And yes, I was in love with Robert Duvall AND Tommy Lee Jones...🙄 ( )
  MissyIvey | Sep 17, 2022 |
Top 10. ( )
  captc2000 | Aug 18, 2022 |
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All of Mr. McMurtry's antimythic groundwork -his refusal to glorify the West - works to reinforce the strength of the traditionally mythic parts of ''Lonesome Dove,'' by making it far more credible than the old familiar horse operas. These are real people, and they are still larger than life. The aspects of cowboying that we have found stirring for so long are, inevitably, the aspects that are stirring when given full-dress treatment by a first-rate novelist. Toward the end, through a complicated series of plot twists, Mr. McMurtry tries to show how pathetically inadequate the frontier ethos is when confronted with any facet of life but the frontier; but by that time the reader's emotional response is it does not matter - these men drove cattle to Montana!

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