Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 2


Lonesome Dove

“It only went to show what he already knew, which was that there were more dangers in life than even the sharpest training could anticipate.”

Lonesome Dove is a place that sticks with you, whether you are a character in the book or a reader. The ranch in Texas near Lonesome Dove is where the story begins and where the cowboys let their minds wander back to while they’re on the cattle drive to Montana. Some never want to go back and some wish they never left. Despite hardships and death, the drive must go on. Finishing the journey will make the journey worth it.

It took me several months to finish reading Lonesome Dove, but I don’t regret a minute I spent reading it. I started the ebook from the library earlier this year and it needed to be returned before I finished it. I tried checking out the hard copy, but it was about three inches thick (maybe I’m exaggerating a bit) and not easy to read in bed. So, I bought the ebook and finished reading the book in August and September. It is a commitment, but a really good read! (There are also three other books tied to Lonesome Dove …)

Gus and Call are two old Texas Rangers who have seen a lot of action in their day, but now as they are getting older, they are settled into a quieter life on a ranch. Every once in a while, they cross the border to steal horses or cattle, but the days tend to drag by. Then, they decide to drive cattle up to Montana and strike it rich with the first cattle ranch that far north. Several men from Lonesome Dove join the adventure and one of them, Jake, brings a woman from town – Lorena. She complicates the drive, but no one tells Jake he can’t bring her. The cowboys face rivers, weather, Indians, snakes, bears and snow.

I highly recommend this book. I am planning to watch the miniseries soon and then eventually read the other three books in the series. I would say the book is for high school age or older since it has some characters who are prostitutes and there are several deaths, attacks and rapes in the book. It is the Wild West, after all.

Have you read or watched Lonesome Dove? What did you think? Comment below!

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About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.


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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry”

  • Brenda Carlson

    I recently completed this book, too! Yes – it was a committment requiring several airplane rides. I’m glad I read it. Language and descriptions were tantalizing and character development throughout the book was consistent and believable – no easy feat in that many pages! I’m glad I read it, but am not sure I’ll add more time for the miniseries.