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Streets Of Laredo: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Larry McMurtry

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Those who have been waiting, through several comparatively disappointing novels, for an appropriate sequel to the memorable and Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove can take heart. Streets of Laredo continues that epic of the waning years of the Texas Rangers with all the narrative drive and elegiac passion of its forerunner. Captain Woodrow Call, Gus Macrae's old partner from Lonesome Dove , is long in the tooth but still a legendary hunter of outlaws when he is called upon by the head of one of the railroads now crisscrossing frontier territory to bring to book a young Mexican train robber and killer, Joey Garza. Accompanied by an inappropriate railroad accountant from Brooklyn, a reluctant Texas deputy and gangling, awkward Pea Eye Parker (who is trying to give up the Ranger life and settle down to farming and family with the lovely ex-whore Lorena), Call sets off, roaming the border country in his competent, unassuming fashion. Along the way he manages to slay Mox Mox, a fellow whose specialty is burning his victims alive, but with his arthritic fingers and failing eyes Call is no match for the alert, ice-cold Garza. How Pea Eye eventually gets his man, and how Call, terribly injured, slips into the shadows is the stuff of this sprawling but minutely detailed yarn. As before, McMurtry's empathic way with strong women--Lorena as well as Garza's gallant but despairing mother Maria--is as beguiling as is his way of bringing to life both dark-dyed villains and courtly heroes. As in some great 19th-century saga, the story has more than its share of improbable coincidences--people meeting fortuitously in thousands of square miles of empty territory, hearing vital news at appropriate and inappropriate moments--but these seem only mild contrivances to shape a story packed with action, terror, humor and pathos. Laredo is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable feat of reconstruction and sheer storytelling genius. 375,000 first printing; Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Woodrow Call is 20 years older than he was when he buried Gus at the end of Lonesome Dove (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93); too old, perhaps, to track down a brilliant young Mexican bandit who has been terrorizing most of the Texas frontier. With two untrained deputies, plus his aging old corporal, Pea-Eye, Call leads a chase that scatters bodies all along the border. This sequel to Lonesome Dove could easily have been a typical action-packed Western; instead, it is distinguished by two unusual female characters--Lorena from Lonesome Dove and a strong Mexican woman named Maria--who fight for respect and decency in the face of unrelieved chauvinism and violence so typical of the West at that time. Daniel von Bargen recounts it all in a superb dramatic narration, one that does full justice to his reputation as an accomplished stage and film actor. As a welcome bonus the publishers have appended information about all the technical staff responsible for the production. Less welcome, though, is the lightweight packaging that will not survive many circulations in a busy library.
- Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2755 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 513 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1447274687
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster (24 mai 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Call's still got it in the worthy sequel to Lonesome Dove. 20 décembre 1997
Par vegasswinger@juno.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
McMurtry shows us that not all sequels leave you unsatisfied. "Streets of Laredo" is an excellent book that shows a hero in his old age. It is both bittersweet and thrilling at the same time. We see Woodrow Call in his post-Gus McCrae days, taking on a bandit many years his junior. We see Pea Eye Parker, an unexpected choice for the last great Hat Creek member to follow Call, fighting his impulse to go on one last job with the captain. We see fear and hatred and loneliness and loss, and each emotion is conveyed in McMurtry's masterful way.
McMurtry adds a special note of realism by using actual historical figures--John Wesley Hardin, often called the West's most prolific killer, Charlie Goodnight, one of the great cowboys, and Judge Roy Bean, the hanging judge, the Law West of the Pecos. He weaves these people with his fictional characters like Pea, the Captain, and Ned Brookshire to make a very effective and entrancing novel.
"Streets of Laredo" is at times violent, amusing, depressing, and at all times interesting. A fine novel, and worthy of its predecessor, "Lonesome Dove." You can't go wrong with this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read- lets not compare to Lonesome Dove though 5 avril 2000
Par David Farber - Publié sur Amazon.com
I must say I enjoyed reading Streets of Laredo. I recently read Lonesome Dove (one of my favorites) and was hoping for a repeat performance. I suppose with a book as outstanding as LD, a repeat is a tall drink to get down. But here I am, doing what every other reviewer on this list is doing: comparing the book to LD. If you do that then everyone will consider it a disappointment....LD was a masterpiece. I wish people wouldnt strike it for not being the same book as LD was. If I had never read LD before I would rate this a 4 star. I bet that most of the ratings given by others would be a bit higher if they had never read LD. The book blends fictional characters and real life westerners. Violence is widespread but in that era, that was the case. I especially love the way McMurtry weaves the stories of of the different characters together.
My big criticism is there is no good understanding of the root of Joey Garza's evil. Also the possiblity of Lorena marrying Pea Eye seems so remote, further description of her feelings towards him are needed to make it more believable.
Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a western. For those of you who have not read McMurtry yet, start with Lonesome Dove. That is the best.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Spaghetti Western of the Lonesome Dove Saga 4 janvier 2009
Par William E. Innes - Publié sur Amazon.com
For those who complain that McMurtry's STREETS OF LAREDO didn't have the same feel as LONESOME DOVE, it's a legitimate critique, but it's also one that misses the point.

STREETS OF LAREDO is by far a more effective, chilling and worthy book than any of the prequels that McMurtry would later pen about Gus and Call's earlier days (all of them enjoyable reads...but none of them ever managed to recapture the magice of LONESOME DOVE).

As far as I'm concerned STREETS OF LAREDO is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read. Some of the scenes of brutality and cruelty are tons more frightening and nightmarish than anything ever penned by Stephen King.

LONESOME DOVE...though, no doubt, filled with a gritty realism that has often been lacking in Westerns (either on film or in literature)...did still convey some sense of romance to the Western. Even though LONESOME DOVE is in a leagure of its own, one can still see homage being paid to classics such as RED RIVER, THE GUNFIGHTER, THE COWBOYS and THE SEARCHERS both on page and on film.

STREETS OF LAREDO strips away the romance and paints a picture of a dying era.
The likes of Woodrow and his peers have become so scarce that it's gotten to the point where a hero such as Charles Goodnight will pause in the desert to have a conversation with a human monster such as John Wesley Hardin (a chilling scene in STREETS OF LAREDO that's akin to the Angel Gabriel and Lucifer meeting face to face).

STREETS OF LAREDO is in the same league as the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone or more brutal Westerns such as Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH (and even shares a bit with the theme of the more low-key homage to the dying West that's depicted in THE SHOOTIST). If LONESOME DOVES had its share of heroes who seem bigger than life, STREETS OF LAREDO shares all the grotesque qualities of a Leone Western by filling its landscape with characters barely worthy of life. Disurbingly nightmarish places such as Crow Town in STREETS OF LAREDO would not be at all out of place in one of Leone's MAN WITH NO NAME(Clint Eastwood) TRILOGY.

What's especially brilliant about STREETS OF LAREDO is that McMurtry builds up such a grand landscape with so many rich characters in LONESOME DOVE...only to tear apart that terrain, its heroes and its nobility with his sequel. It is a jarring book, for sure. Even though LONESOME DOVE is not without its disturbing & brutal moments, there is a nobility to many of the scenes and characters (which is why it's so well-loved...and will continue to be well-loved for many, many decades). Yet, to make sur that we're not too smitten or swept away by the grandeur of LONESOME DOVE, McMurtry delivered STREETS OF LAREDO as a way of showing us the dark underbelly of the beast that we didn't completely see in LONESOME DOVE. Without Gus riding by Woodrow's side, Captain Call has become every bit as much a shell of a man as Eastwood in the Leone movies (or in UNFORGIVEN). It is not easy to read...and perhaps McMurtry would have left many readers much more happy had he let the LONESOME DOVE saga end with that one book. However, by writing STREETS OF LAREDO McMurty provides the hangover that comes after a night of drunken revalry. It's not an easy read...it strips away the myth & awe that LONESOME DOVE provided to so many...but it is brilliant.

With those two books (LONESOME DOVE and STREETS OF LARED0), McMurty managed to go from conjuring up the spirit of John Ford/Howard Hawks to evoking the demons of Leon/Peckinpah.

In many ways one could draw a parallel to this pair of books to THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER PART II. Though both GODFATHER films are brutal, one shows the rise of a glorious America...while the other shows its fall (all through the character of Michael Corleone). McMurtry accomplishes the same with LONESOME DOVE (the more glorious time) and STREETS OF LAREDO (the fall of such glory).

I mean, finding out within the first dozen pages or so that Newt was killed shortly after the story of LONESOME DOVE ends...that pretty much let the reader know from the word "go" that we'd be in for a dark ride with this book.
If LONESOME DOVE...even amidst the betrayals, the murders, the senseless killings, the dirt and the grime...managed to speak to the better angels within us, the STREETS OF LAREDO speaks to our demons. With this in mind, I find these two books to complete and complement one another. STREETS OF LAREDO, by its very dark/dim nature, manages to exalt LONESOME DOVE even more.
While LONESOME DOVE, through its sweeping majesty, manages to make STREETS OF LAREDO all the more disturbing.

As for the other books with Gus & Call...they are entertaining at best... but none of the prequels ever come close to accomplishing the jarring dichotomy that McMurty accomplishes with his pairing of LONESOME DOVE and STREETS OF LAREDO.

So, for those who are disappointed or disturbed by STREETS OF LAREDO...I'd suggest that you put a few CDs of Ennio Morricone's Western Themes on the stereo to play in the background while giving this book another reading. You might find that it's in the same league as LONESOME DOVE itself when read this way.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A bleak disappointment 16 janvier 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Like many other readers, I absolutely loved Lonesome Dove, which was the first novel I read after two years of only non-fiction. Lonesome Dove reminded me of what I was missing and I looked forward to Streets of Laredo.
I suffered a big disappointment. I am not so naive as to expect a sequel to be EXACTLY the same as the original (or maybe I was), but while Lonesome Dove was joyously written, Streets of Laredo seems angrily written.
McMurtry is a good writer and Lonesome Dove is surely his masterpiece. There is a reason that book is a beloved modern classic and Streets of Laredo is not.
The first book was anchored on the charisma of a truly memorable character, Gus McCrae, and his relationship with the reserved Captain Call. Their quest is the story, but the characters, and their friendship, drive the book.
There is none of that richness here, and I think McMurtry feels a little lost and angry without it. The book is filled with nearly pointless violence that seems designed to simply show that there is cruelty out there. Over and over, we are subjected to ugly scenes like the old Indian woman's trampling death, the attempted burning of the children, Joey's mutilation and murder of one of his mother's husbands. The list goes on and on.
Lonesome Dove had its share of violence, too, but it served to bring home the danger and ruthlessness of the West, casting into relief the bravery and heroism of the characters in the novel.
Here the west seems merely ugly and mean, an evil and frightening place. That is but one half of the vision McMurtry projected in Lonesome Dove, and it makes this book about half as good, which is to say just average.
I think McMurtry should have used his prodigious talents on new characters with new conflicts, instead of trying to force something out of the remnants of a group whose stories have already been marvelously told.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A real disappointment 30 janvier 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
I fell in love with Gus, Lorena, Call, and the other characters in Lonesome Dove, and was anxious to read what happened to them, particularly Call and Newt. Streets Of Laredo, the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, did not satisfy. In all great books, characters have deep motivation for the things they do, even if the reader doesn't agree. The writer's responsibility is to make the reader understand why they do these things. In Streets Of Laredo, McMurtry doesn't provide that. The poetry of the language and the complexity of the relationships between characters in Lonesome Dove are not followed through here. It's as if a completely different writer wrote it. in this so-called sequel The author had characters doing things out of character, like Lorena marrying Pea-eye. What was the attraction? Why would a smart beautiful woman want a homely man who can barely put a sentence together? If McMurtry had given me more of these people than mere description, I would have found it plausible. But I never understood the attraction. The dialogue between these people is about as interesting as waiting for wallpaper to dry. "Show don't tell" is one of the rules of good writing. Lonesome Dove showed me the west, in its glory and rage. Streets of Laredo story does little showing, in fact parts of it read like notes a writer makes to himself as he writes, scenes that he or she plans to flesh out later. McMurtry also missed an opportunity to honor he relation ship between Call and Newt. He could have built the entire sequel around the dynamic between father and son. Instead the author kills off Newt so we never get to explore what could have been. Also, Call comes off as a whiny, cowardly simp when faced with death. The call I knew in Lonesome Dove was a stoic and brave. As great as Lonesome Dove was, this book was just awful.
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