Friday, August 24, 2007

happy stuff & my favorite book ever

My sister is fine. Thank you for your prayers and warm thoughts. She is going to stop smoking, come hell or high water. Hell will come, I know, but I believe she'll get it done.

On another happy front, my favorite book in the world is Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Surprised? I was too. I am not a fan of westerns. At all. I laughed at all of the brouhaha surrounding the book in the late '80s. A western? Please.

And then I read it. Have you? If you've not, consider it. It is a glorious novel of love and honor and betrayal and the human condition. McMurtry won a Pulitzer with this book, but that's just further evidence of how grand a work it is.

The characters have incredible depth, the writing is superb. If you are alive, it will make you laugh and you'll cry. It is irresistible, so much so that I reread it every year and have since 1990.

Delicious, a classic work of art. Have you read it?

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Anonymous Richard said...

Lynette: It is an outstanding book, and the mini-series did well by it. The only thing that comes close, for me, is "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," by Michael Chabon.

August 24, 2007 12:44 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

Haven't read it yet, but am certainly going to now!

August 24, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Miss Janey said...

Miss J has read Lonsome Dove MANY times. It's one of her favorites and Mr. McMurtry is one of her fave writers. Have you read others by him? Some Can Whistle is wonderful.

August 24, 2007 3:21 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Yes! I read it a few years ago and loved it. Haven't seen the movie though, I should Netflix it.

"Kavalier and Clay" is also one of my favorites.

August 24, 2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

I cried when I finished "Lonesome Dove" because I would miss those characters so much. Storytelling at its very best.

August 24, 2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

i just finished the sequel to it this afternoon. it is good, too, but i miss gus.

miss j ~ i have read everything he's ever written. his approach to his female characters i find especially enchanting. i, too, liked some can whistle.

i missed the miniseries. maybe i need to check it out. get a dose of gus and call together.

August 24, 2007 4:39 PM  
Anonymous TedBear said...

Love it love it love it. Read it years ago. I am now inspired to read it again!

Have you read Middlesex, by Jeffrey Euginedes (sp?)? It is another Pulitzer Prize Winner. Amazing book.

I was in NYC all week on business. On the Jersey Shore this weekend other friends' home. Gosh I love the beach!

August 24, 2007 7:18 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

I haven't read this, but now you've got me intrigued. I tend to stay away from Westerns b/c of all the macho cowboys "triumphing" over the savages bullshit that tends to be in many of them.

I'm so glad your sister is OK -- did it turn out to be nothing? My dad quit cold turkey when I was in 7th grade. We're all very glad that he won't be following in both grandpa's footsteps as far as the effects of smoking. It's crazy difficult, from what I understand.

August 24, 2007 7:22 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

Please tell me that you have also read Cormac McCarthy? Another fabulous writer of the "western" genre, but not in the classic sense. He is much more character driven, and can turn a phrase like nobody's business. Very stoic in a sense, but man can he write. All the Pretty Horses was good, but the others--faulous!

August 25, 2007 6:25 AM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

I'll read this one if you'll read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Deal?

Happy for your sister, too ...

August 25, 2007 9:25 AM  
Anonymous grrsteve said...

I'll check it out.

I'm very, very happy to hear the good news regarding your sister's health.

August 25, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

I have not read it. You sway me.

So glad for your sister. Quitting cigarettes and a lifelong addiction is possible. I cut my cigarettes by one per day until I was down to three. This took about a month. Then I quit cold turkey. I never considered a relapse a failure or an excuse to start smoking again. Tell her to be kind to herself. Using my method, the "quitting" feels relatively painless and is achievable.

My friends who substituted nicotene gum for cigs are still chewing the gum. One returned to smoking because she was still addicted to nicotene. You have to quit the addiction altogether. I wish your sister luck!

August 25, 2007 10:45 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

tedbear: i have not read that one, but i will. thanks for the rec. and beaches ~ me too.

MC: that's my deal with westerns, too, but this book is not your typical western. it is magnificent. and yes, my sister's spot did turn out to be nothing. i'm hoping she can quit, it's so hard.

tater: i have not read him, but i will. i'm getting a great list here!!

eric, honey, get your book today. a tree grows in brooklyn is one of my lifelong favorites. i think i first read it in 2d or 3d grade. it's another one i've read a dozen times at least. i LOVE that book.

steve, thank you. it is such a relief.

and ms. place: i will call her up directly. she's putting together a plan of attack and your method sounds brilliant. my husband is still chewing gum after 5 years. better for the lungs, for the cardiovascular system, not so much.

August 25, 2007 11:50 AM  
Anonymous expatbrian said...

When I quit, I did it by cutting one a day each week. It took 2/3 of a year but after 40 years smoking it was worth it. Wasnt hard to do either.

August 25, 2007 6:44 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

Lynette: I guess I have my marching orders! A copy will be purchased this week!

(Have you read "Plainsong"?)

August 26, 2007 9:11 AM  
Blogger David said...

Wonderful news about your sister. God bless.

August 27, 2007 3:00 PM  

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