Larry McMurtry


(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 3, 1998)

Texasville by Larry McMurtry

I'd forgotten how funny Texasville was until I picked up a copy for my sister Lori while shopping at a Goodwill.  She has quoted so many passages from this book that now I have to re-read it!  

Texasville takes place in Thalia, Texas in the 1980s post oil boom. Middle-aged Duane Moore finds himself in some fairly sticky situations, such as a 12 million dollar debt. As funny as it is, I suspect this book rings true for this time period. Texasville is the sequel to The Last Picture Show (which I never read) and is most recently followed up with Duane's Depressed (which I've picked up and and have to say it feels like going home after a long absence - they look older but you know who everyone is).

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Note: On a whim, I rented the video Texasville and thought it was done well. Rent it to get refreshed before picking up Duane's Depressed.

"Cadillac Jack"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark FEB 3, 1998)

Cadillac Jack

Cadillac Jack is another of my favorites.  Cadillac Jack is a rodeo cowboy turned antique scout whose nomadic, womanizing life is centered on his classic pearl-colored Cadillac.   He wanders from Texas to Washington DC and back again and meets up with all kinds of characters.  Boog Miller is a bad dressing millionaire good old boy with political muscle, pushy Washington reporter Khaki Descartes, under cover CIA agent Freddy Fu and of course Jean Arber the antique owner and mother of two who can't figure out if she will marry him. Great social satire. 

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About the Author:

Larry McMurtryLarry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls,Texas in 1936. His father and eight uncles were all ranchers.  He graduated with honors from Archer City High School, received his B.A. from North Texas State College. He earned a masters degree from Rice University in 1960 then quickly rose to international fame as a premier American writer. McMurtry served a two-year term as president of P.E.N. American Center in New York City and operates antiquarian bookstores in Washington, D.C., Texas, and Arizona. He lives in Texas. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014