It worried me when she got that look, though I couldn't really have said what it was I was worried about. This is a well-written story that had me chuckling a few times. Aug 18, Sue rated it really liked it. Kingston Pierce is the managing editor of Seattle Magazine. Home Services Handpicked Pros Happiness Guarantee. Not 5 stars only because "Lonesome Dove" would need 6. Starting with Lonesome Dove, I have read every McMurtry book about the American West that I could get my hands on.
Boone's Lick by Larry McMurtry (2002, Paperback)
I could imagine my dad enjoying it even more thoroughly than I did. I recently discovered Boone's Lick in my library, where I had apparently bought and placed it a long time ago. It had elements of historical fiction but with out dragging you through a history class. Events happen, characters react with uninspired observations, and McMurtry shuffles us to the next scene. I would recommend this book to friends, I found it in the school library. The story of their trek in pursuit of Dick, and the discovery of his second and third families, is told with brilliance, humor, and overwhelming joie de vivre in a novel that is at once high adventure, a perfect western tale, and a moving love story -- it is, in short, vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the west, and his unrivaled eye for the telling detail. Not everyone makes it to the end of the journey, but Mary Margaret knows she's got to find Dickie, so they continue west.
All the tropes of traditional westerns are here, but turned on their heads, as the plot unfolds from the point of view of a teenage boy accompanying his mother in search of her absent husband. However the harshness of the trail does not override the life lessons of humanly adventure and even day to day living. At the heart of the novel, and the adventure, is Mary Margaret, whom we first meet shooting a sheriff's horse out from underneath him in order to feed her family. Ma, the toughest of them, may be the stereotype of a hardheaded, no-nonsense woman, but nonetheless she's got weight.
Description: Things are pretty rough after the war and the sheriff comes to steal the family mules with the hope of forming a posse, I really like this book, partly because it starts in Missouri after the Civil War and my ancestors lived in Missouri at that time so I was interested in imagining their lives. Given situations and dialog that could've been lifted from the TV western shows I watched as a kid, this was sometime This is the cheerier fare I wanted after reaching the grim conclusion of the last audiobook. The characters are interesting and a few more are encountered on the journey. That's too bad-- this is the sort of narrative that McMurtry could have written in his sleep.