Texasville

Texasville

A Novel

Book - 1999
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With Texasville, Larry McMurtry returns to the unforgettable Texas town and characters of one of his best-loved books, The Last Picture Show. This is a Texas-sized story brimming with home truths of the heart, and men and women we recognize, believe in, and care about deeply. Set in the post-oil-boom 1980s, Texasville brings us up to date with Duane, who's got an adoring dog, a sassy wife, a twelve-million-dollar debt, and a hot tub by the pool; Jacy, who's finished playing "Jungla" in Italian movies and who's returned to Thalia; and Sonny -- Duane's teenage rival for Jacy's affections -- who owns the car wash, the Kwik-Sackstore, and the video arcade. One of Larry McMurtry's funniest and most touching contemporary novels.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1999
Edition: 1st Scribner pbk. Fiction ed
ISBN: 9780684857503
0684857502
Characteristics: 542 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 10, 2015

This was quite different in tone than the first book of this series, The Last Picture Show. TLPS was a coming-of-age story about 3 teenagers trying to make sense of their worlds in a dusty town with no visible futures for them. There's a scurrying to find place and direction.
In Texasville, there's also a scurrying to find place and direction but from a middle-age position.
While TLPS is warm and touching, Texasville is humorous and farcical, with the action meandering all over the place. This is Duanne's coming-of-age story. He's trying to figure out where his life is going and what the point is.
It's very hard to get a feel for any of the characters. The characters are rather broadly portrayed without any glimpse into their true thoughts or psyches. Yet, this is an interesting bunch of characters and they grow on you......you just don't get to know them well.
All in all, an interesting continuation of The Last Picture Show, yet difficult to get a true grip on. I will continue this series with Duane's Depressed (that's not looking too rosy for Duanne's future).
Larry McMurtry's writing is enjoyable and I trust that he'll close this series with the answers and resolutions for everyone.
A recommended read but read The Last Picture Show first.

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