Duane's Depressed

Duane's Depressed

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Larry McMurtry's funny and brutal (New York Times) landmark novel The Last Picture Show introduced the shrinking oil-patch town of Thalia, Texas, and its teenaged residents Duane, Sonny, and Jacy. In Texasville, the trio grew up to adultery and madness, bankruptcy and boom times, (New York Daily News). Now McMurtry takes his most colorful characters into their twilight years -- in an unforgettable end to the Thalia saga.Surrounded by his children, all of whom are going through tumultuous transitional times; his promiscuous wife, Karla, who is with her own demons; and his friend Sonny, who seems to be dying, Duane can't make sense of his life anymore. The stark realization that he has spent his whole life in a miserable dust-bowl town throws him into a protracted end-of-life crisis -- one that will hurtle him toward unexpected love, profoundly affect old friends, and cause him to embark on outlandish new beginning.McMurtry's strongest and most appealing contemporary novel since Terms of Endearment, Duane's Depressed is utterly unsentimental, often hilarious, sometimes tragic and shocking, and in the end full of hope.
ISBN: 9780671025571
0671025570

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LDPBLM
Mar 15, 2012

It was important to read this , as it helped me understand Mr. Proust's tome . The book plodes along , ultimately showing some good character development . Too long , but a good effort , Larry

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GingerKaren
Aug 22, 2005

Poor Duane. Down at heart, but not down on his luck, he is living a life of mediocrity that is only slightly more exciting than watching his town die. His big earnings and big house don?t seem to add up to much anymore and his friends keep drifting farther away. Sonny is no more than a shadow of his former self, and Jacy is missing and presumed dead. What could happen next? Well, not much. Can you imagine Duane starting a community garden? Wow. And what if some of the characters die? Interesting, huh. Well, no not really. What the heck happened? ?The last picture show? was such a great book, perhaps it should stand by itself. And this end of a trilogy is as flat as the landscape McMurtry describes.

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