He is still spinning yarns within yarns, giving us backstories of even minor figures. Larry McMurtry has an ingenious way of expressing the very basic feelings we have all experienced love, hate, fear, etc. It´s a logical continuation of the first one, where we get to know what happened to our favorite characters. He still employs his wide-angle lens, following a disparate and often disconnected group of characters. This book starts slow, taking its time, setting the stage for the later action and events so that when they happen it is more powerful and alarming.
McMurtry rewrote that script as the novel Lonesome Dove 1985 which became the successful in 1989. But before I leave for now, a few words on why I reread the book for maybe the third and a halfth?? I enjoyed the two prequels, but they weren't quite as good, an opinion I hold of this book as well. Mox Mox once rode with Blue Duck, and was with his gang when Lorena was captured in Lonesome Dove. I don't even know whether to read the other, now. Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 3, 1936. The fact is, of course, Call is also a miserable bastard. She was the mother to the notorious bandit Woodrow Call was after.
The novel opens with Newt already dead and still unacknowledged by his father, the taciturn and emotionally stunted Woodrow Call, and the Montana cattle venture has collapsed. Larry McMurtry spent much of the earlier book demolishing the squeaky-clean John Wayne image of the Old West by showing it as realm of rape, sexual slavery, meaningless violence and random death, but he also showed the grandeur and beauty that drew men like Augustus McCrae. Why waste money on a bugler? You see so much these days about people wanting strong female This is the sequel to Lonesome Dove and it's almost as good. He had always found it more satisfying to laugh on a battlefield than anywhere else, for if you lived to laugh on a battlefield, you could feel you had earned the laugh. Call, on the other hand, is the very picture of experience. Joey's fixation on his mother was chilling to read about, as was the crimes committed against Maria by men of all races and class backgrounds, white, Mexican, Native American, rich, poor, etc. Ain't you ever heard of esprit de corps? But the strongest woman, and in many ways the most sympathetic character in the book, does not nag.
Call himself had never caught the fervor of that War. He does run to a groove, but still contains multitudes, still does unexpected things sometimes. Return policy: Abebooks order returns are 30 days. Sure, but I was so quickly wrapped up in the new characters and new setting that I was more than willing to go on the hunt for Joey Garza, Mox Mox and I loved this book. Newt was such a huge presence in Lonesome Dove that he deserved more than an en passant one-line death. To a large extent, the story runs through them. I especially think it awful how he is so hated by women notably Clara and Lorena because of the men that give their loyalty to him notably Gus and Pea Eye.
I read Lonesome Dove in June 2010 and loved it, but what happened to one of the characters made me so sad that I didn't feel ready to read it till now, two and a half years later. This is the sequel to Lonesome Dove and it's almost as good. It's a riveting tale filled with McMurtry's patented talent for forcing you to turn the page even in the face of horrendous old west violence, as only he can describe it. Guns and clothes are straight classic-Western accoutrements. I adore Call, even though I can't really identify with his extreme reserve and lack of relationships. I loved Lonesome Dove, but felt that the novel was complete and was ready to start a new adventure.
An exhilarating tale of legend and heroism, Streets of Laredo is classic Texas and Western literature at its finest. He develops an overarching cosmic order that is utterly cold and terrifying. I thought this all especially rang true in this novel, where Captain Call has gotten old but keeps on doing things the way he always has. Ned Brookshire is killed in a scuffle; the anticipated confrontation between Call and Joey leaves Call seriously wounded; Lorie must amputate a leg to save him. Indeed, Garza is so supernaturally good, that McMurtry eventually has to inject some really bad decisions into his bad-guy in order to make the fight fair. This long chase leads them across the last wild stretches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier. Gus is an endlessly quotable rake for all seasons, but Call also has a deep appeal to the masculine spirit of the American West and a common kind of American man.
I was wishing the whole book through that I could have read that other book that disappeared before he got to this one. I never believed for a moment that railway men would hire an obviously way-past-his-prime Woodrow Call to hunt down the ruthless Joey Garza, just as I never bought the idea that Lorena would marry Pea Eye Parker, apparently for no other reason than have a reliable man on call. This book definitely misses Gus though, and some of the warmest parts are Woodrow's remembrances of his dear friend. The author of 1988 had no qualms about tinkering with reality. The only thing that really didn't work for me was that he didn't seem to have a firm fix on what was motivating Joey Garza. I found myself taking a meandering, slow journey through this book instead of rushing to finish it. But for much of its excessive length, Streets of Laredo reads like less of a sequel than a kiss-off -- a backhanded rejoinder to anyone who loved Lonesome Dove.
Call is aged and hampered by arthritis. I definitely felt some manly eye-burn upon closing the book. I think he's a fabulous writer, the greatest I've read for evoking a feeling maybe a little romanticized for the Old West. More than that, there are no repercussions whatsoever. International shipping may run from 4 to 6 weeks.