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The Last Picture Show (Paperback)

Author:  Larry McMurtry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0684853868
ISBN-13: 9780684853864
Sku: 30426693
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  288
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The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love *Author: McMurtry, Larry *Publication Date: 1999/01/14 *Number of Pages: 288 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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In this book, McMurtry brilliantly evokes the wild, lonely, heartbreaking condition called adolescence. Sonny Crawford and his friend Duane, high-school seniors in the small Texas dustbowl town of thalia, restlessly mark timeat the poolhall and the picture show.The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love
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This novel combines a coming-of-age story with an affectionate but unsentimental look at a small Western town: Thalia, Texas. A stand-in for McMurtry's own home town, Thalia is revealed in all its damaging hypocrisy and repression. The story follows Sonny and his friend Duane, teenagers who both lust after Jacy Farrow, the town beauty. Sam the Lion, a former rancher who owns the local movie theater, serves as a surrogate father for the boys and was once a lover of Jacy's mother. As the boys grow up, one goes to Vietnam and the other struggles to make a life in the town, a victim of his own nostalgia.
Author Bio
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.

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New York Times Book Review
"McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest metals to gold." - W. T. Jack

Salon
"So you saw the movie, with Cybill Shepherd, so what? The book is much better, everything there is to say about sexuality, class and the pain of growing up in a small west-Texas town in the 1950s. It's told by a master storyteller, the Flaubert of the Plains when it comes to creating believable female characters, and still a book that you just can't put down until you reach the last page." - Michael Korda 06/07/1999

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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