Moving on (Paperback)

Author: McMurtry, Larry

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"Moving On" is a big, powerful novel about men and women in the American West. Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the honky-tonk glamour of the rodeo and the desperation of suburban Houston, it is the story of the restless and lovable Patsy Carpenter, one of Larry McMurtry''s most unforgettable characters.

Patsy -- young, beautiful, with a sharp tongue and an irresistible charm -- and her shiftless husband, Jim, are adrift in the West. Patsy moves through affairs of the heart like small towns -- there''s Pete, the rodeo clown, and Hank, the graduate student, and others -- always in search of the life that seems ever receding around the next bend.

Peopled with a riotously colorful cast of highbrows, cowpokes, and rodeo queens, in its wry humor, tenderness, and epic panorama, "Moving On" is a celebration of our land by one of America''s best-loved authors. "Moving On" is vintage McMurtry.

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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Mfg Part# 9780684853888
SKU 30500969
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0684853884
Release Date 6/1/1999
Author Info
Larry McMurtry
The son of a cattle rancher, Larry McMurtry spent most of his childhood on horseback under the vast, blue sky of the Texas Panhandle. In 1958, he received a B.A. from North Texas State University and in 1960 an M.A. from Rice University. In 1959, McMurtry married Josephine Ballard. They had a son, James Lawrence McMurtry, and were divorced in 1966. McMurtry won a Stegner Fellowship to do graduate work at Stanford University, and then taught creative writing at Rice. His first book, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, was published in 1961 and was immediately hailed as the first great novel to depict the conflict between the Old West and the New West. This tale of an old-time cattleman and his unscrupulous stepson (made into the movie HUD) began what would become a string of literary and commercial successes for McMurtry. Many of his books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning LONESOME DOVE, have achieved best-seller status, and several more, including BUFFALO GIRLS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, have been adapted for film. The major theme of most of his literary work is disillusionment with the myth of the West. McMurtry is also a well-known antiquarian bookseller (and collector), who has turned his Texas home town into an important center for used and rare books.
Praise
"My strongest memory of 'Moving On'--aside from how much I liked Patsy and her dowdy friend Emma Horton--involved the struggle to title it....Finally, my editor's then-wife suggested calling it 'Moving On.' I was too numb either to love it or hate it, and in my numbness I conceded, foolishly, I now believe...Patsy Carpenter...was the character everyone noticed, whether they liked her or not. I thought then and think now that her name would have done fine as a title."
"A marvelous book, funny, tough, filled with sensual good nature and nerviness."
"McMurtry has a good ear: [his people] talk the way people actually talk in Houston, at rodeos, in Hollywood. Mr. McMurtry also has a marvelous eye for locale: the Southwest is superbly evoked. It is a pleasure...to escape claustrophobic novels that rely on the excitation of the verbal glands instead of the exploration of social reality."
"Though time sequences often fall out of order in the three novels ['Moving On,' 'All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers,' 'Terms of Endearment'], key events and characters are repeated often enough to maintain a continuous theme which, not surprisingly, has three parts: sex and its frustrations, academics and its frustrations, and something like culture and its frustrations which McMurtry has branded 'Ecch-Texas.'"
From the Publisher
Annotation McMurtry leaves the Old West behind in this examination of a marriage that is about to end. Although there are numerous rodeo scenes here, McMurtry's focus is on Jim and Patsy Carpenter; Jim is a graduate student at Rice University, and Patsy is his wife. Through their encounters with other couples, their relationship is severely tested and strained.
First Line Patsy sat by herself at the beginning of the evening, eating a melted Hershey bar.
Editors Note Moving On is a big, powerful novel about men and women in the American West. Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the honky-tonk glamour of the rodeo and the desperation of suburban Houston, it is the story of the restless and lovable Patsy Carpenter, one of Larry McMurtry's most unforgettable characters.Patsy -- young, beautiful, with a sharp tongue and an irresistible charm -- and her shiftless husband, Jim, are adrift in the West. Patsy moves through affairs of the heart like small towns -- there's Pete, the rodeo clown, and Hank, the graduate student, and others -- always in search of the life that seems ever receding around the next bend.Peopled with a riotously colorful cast of highbrows, cowpokes, and rodeo queens, in its wry humor, tenderness, and epic panorama, Moving On is a celebration of our land by one of America's best-loved authors. Moving On is vintage McMurtry.
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Number of Pages 0800
Publisher Simon & Schuster

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