Casey’s Library- A Cowboy’s Guide to Great Literature (The Lonesome Dove Series)

You’ve probably watched the movie (mini series), heard the quotes, and know a few of the characters from Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove series. But have you actually experienced the feeling of riding along side Captain Call or Gus McCrae as they chase Indians or drive the herd North? Books can provide an entirely different experience for the readers, something movie-watchers could miss entirely. The excitement, thrill and characters are present, but reading can result in a great immersion into the scenery and emotions, creating pictures and feelings in your mind- often more than watching on a screen.

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Lonesome Dove

This is an epic novel about the American West. The book, by Larry McMurtry, won a Pulitzer Prize and was turned into a movie that many are familiar with. The story follows two aging Texas Rangers, Gus and Call, as they take on one last adventure together.

You’ll be drawn in by the characters, landscapes, and adventures. You won’t be able to put it down, despite the 945-page length. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth with this one.

Read the Book and watch the Movie

Streets of Laredo

Can’t get enough of Lonesome Dove and it’s great, intriguing characters? The adventures continue in the sequel, Streets of Laredo. Woodrow Call, Pea Eye Parker and Lorena (now Parker), along with some new interesting additions, track down bandits and fight it out in some of the last wild parts of the Texas Frontier.

Dead Man’s Walk

This prequel to Lonesome Dove has a great story line of its own. It also provides some history and background for the characters and the established relationships, so strong, in Lonesome Dove. The classic characters of Gus and Call barely survived as young Texas Rangers, but their struggles are what formed them into the men you read about in the next books.

If you’re a cowboy, rancher, lover of the West, or just someone who appreciates great novels, these books are for you. If you liked, or loved the movies, these books are also for you. You’ll find more development of characters and of the storyline in the books. Make these beautiful classics of the American West part of your library today.

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