Texasville

Texasville

by Larry McMurtry, Mc Murtry

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Texasville 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many Larry McMurtry books. This is the worst of the probably seven books by this author that I have read. Texasville dwells on the neuroses of the small town cast, but the characters become so farcical that they are not believable. The Last Picture Show is a much better book than this. I'm afraid to think of what the third book of this trilogy is like. In my opinion, this author is much better in his books placed in the west, although I did enjoy his most recent book of reflections at a Dairy Queen.
rocketjk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is the 1980s, and the small Texas oil town, Thalia, which we first visited in Larry McMurtry's [The Last Picture Show], is reeling from the OPEC-driven crash in oil prices. We see the town through the eyes of Duane Moore, also the protagonist of Picture Show. Moore owns the small, local oil company that until recently has employed a good many of the town's citizens and kept the Thalia economy humming. Now, as oil prices keep falling and the bottom falls out of the recent boom, he faces bankruptcy and the town faces economic disaster. Sounds pretty grim, but this book is in fact a dark comedy, as the town, unhinged by these developments, becomes whackier and whackier. Duane's family is nuts, his friends are going nuts, and the preparations for the town's Centennial Celebration, of which Duane is chairman, grow more contentious and ever more absurd. McMurtry puts it this way:"{Duane} had never supposed that people really lived as they ought to live, but he had gone through much of his life at least believing there was a way they ought to live. And Thalia of all places--a modest small town--ought to be a place where people lived as they ought to live, allowing for a normal margin of human error. Surely, in Thalia, far removed from big-city temptations, people ought to be living on the old model--putting their families and neighbors first, leading more or less orderly, more or less responsible lives.But he knew almost everyone in Thalia--indeed, knew more than he wanted to know about most of them--and it was clear from what he knew that the old model had been shattered. The arrival of money cracked the model; it's departure shattered it. Irrationality now bloomed as prolifically as broom weeds in a wet year."Duane's confusion and despondency grow, as his wife seems disappointed in every word out of his mouth and his marriage seems to be slipping away.I found the first half of this book to be excellent indeed, with many spot-on, wry observations about small town life and human nature within that growing irrationality of the town's denizens. I frequently laughed out loud while recognizing quite clearly the solid humanity of the characters. The second half, I think, loses steam, but not nearly to the extent that it robs the book of its enjoyability or value. And, happily, the last 40 pages or so are excellent. I do recommend this book.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to "The Last Picture Show", which introduced Duane Moore and the various denizens of the small Texas town of Thalia. It is some 30 years later, and Duane is now an oilman who achieved riches during the oil boom, and is now deep in debt along with everybody else in town because of the worldwide oil glut. He and his wife Karla somehow have forged a lasting marriage, but it's not immediately clear what it's based on, what with various affairs, misunderstandings and arguments twixt the two of them. Thalia becomes an immeasurably more complicated place for Duane when his high school girlfriend Jacy returns from Europe after the death of her child, and somehow strikes up a strong bond with Karla and the rest of Duane's family, even his dog Shorty. All this takes place during the town's centennial celebration, which evolves into a manic affair wilder and more surreal than anything Garisson Keillor imagined in his books. I seem to have somehow wandered into these books near the end of the story, and have been working my way backwards. All that remains is the one that started it, "The Last Picture Show", to which I look forward with a finely-honed antictipation.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
BELIEVEABLE CHARACTERS-THE BOOK DOESNT HAVE THEM. ENJOYABLE CHARACTERS-THE BOOK IS FULL OF THEM. BELIEVABLE PLOT-LOOK ELSEWHERE. ENTERTAINING SEQUENCE OF EVENTS-THIS BOOK HAS IT. THE CLIMAX IS THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book is of a different style than his usual, it is extremely comical and quite a fun read (probably less so for the learned). While not believable, we have all met 'white trash' who suddenly come into money. Their antics are hysterical. I highly recommended it if you want to be entertained.