• Title: Leaving Cheyenne
  • Author: Larry McMurtry
  • ISBN: 9780684853871
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leaving Cheyenne From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry comes the second novel about love and loss on the great plains of Texas From s ranching to range cowboys and WWII grief McM
    From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry comes the second novel about love and loss on the great plains of Texas From 1920 s ranching to range cowboys and WWII grief, McMurtry is the undisputed father of the Western literary epic.Leaving Cheyenne traces the loves of three West Texas characters as they follow that sundown trail Gideon Fry, thFrom the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry comes the second novel about love and loss on the great plains of Texas From 1920 s ranching to range cowboys and WWII grief, McMurtry is the undisputed father of the Western literary epic.Leaving Cheyenne traces the loves of three West Texas characters as they follow that sundown trail Gideon Fry, the serious rancher Johnny McCloud, the free spirited cowhand and Molly Taylor, the sensitive woman they both love and who bears them each a son Told in alternating perspectives over sixty years, Leaving Cheyenne follows their dreams, secrets, and grief against a changing American landscape Tragic circumstances mark the trail, but fans of McMurtry s distinctive style will cherish his unforgettable characters and pathos of the American West.

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    1. Larry McMurtry grew up among ranchers and cowboys, and his familiarity with this rural world makes his early novels set in and around Thalia, Texas, genuinely alive with rich detail and believable characters. He knows this world as it's seen and understood by the people who live there, both young and old. Most revealingly (and colorfully) he knows how they really talk to each other and to themselves -- not in the stereotypical ways often ascribed to country people.You read "Leaving Cheyenne" slo [...]

    2. _leaving cheyenne_ doesn't beg a rigorous academic analysis, and having just finished it, i'm not in a mood to provide one's just a beautiful, moving novel i literally could not put down in my few non-working momentse characters are fully-drawn and mcmurtry inhabits equally their voices and emotions, dedicating each of the novel's three "books" to one of the central characters' perspectivesis was my first brush with mcmurtry and i can guarantee it will not be my last; i'm told _leaving cheyenne_ [...]

    3. I love Larry McMurtry. He can get as sentimental as Charles Dickens does and it never bothers me. This was his second novel. Gideon Fry loves Molly, but so does his best friend Johnny McCloud. Molly loves them both but marries someone else. Meanwhile she sleeps with both of them on the side and bears each one a son.Gideon, son of a rancher, stands to inherit his father's place. Johnny doesn't like to work for anyone else, styling himself as a free-ranging cowboy, but whenever he is out of money [...]

    4. Larry McMurtry is one of my favourite authors. Leaving Cheyennedid not disappoint. This one of McMurtry's earlier works, before he wrote the wonderful Lonesome Dove, which I count among my all-time favourite novels. In fact, Gid and Johnny could be thought of as earlier, less fleshed out versions of Gus and Call. This book is so many things-a coming of age story, an unusual love triangle and romance, and a close-up look at the friendship between two very different men. Gid and Johnny share a gre [...]

    5. Larry McMurtry is one of my two or three favorite authors. I've read everything he's written since Lonesome Dove and have now gone back to read some of his earlier work. As one might expect, he has refined his craft as he's gone along. Don't get me wrong, this book was good, but it did not have the breadth of scope of much of his later work. Actually, it is easy to see this book as a presurser to Lonesome Dove in some respects. The main male characters, Gid and Johnny can easily be seen as proto [...]

    6. I never guessed I would be such a fan of Larry McMurtry books. The characters are robust and charming and old Texas is a marvelous place for a plot.

    7. I liked the fact that it spanned sixty years giving each character a voice over a 20 year time span, hard life to be a rancher.

    8. McMurtry's first novel, prefiguring the rest of his work. Wonderfully done, with his trademark understanding of the ways of women, and the complicated friendships between men, legacies of fathers and sons

    9. This is a pretty good book that almost makes it into the four star category, if it weren't for a kind of niggling thought in my mind that the three main characters, though all likable, seem as if they were painted with a brush that was a little too broad. It's the story of three people, two men and a woman, and the love triangle between them. There are three sections to the novel, and each is told from the point of view of each of the three main characters. Each section is at a different point i [...]

    10. Larry McMurtry's books are unique. I NEVER thought I'd be one to enjoy a western until I first read Lonesome Dove. That is still my favorite, but I enjoyed this more modern 'western', too. McMurtry's characters are extremely well-drawn and his dialogue addictive. I start talking like a cowboy myself with 3 pages! As far as the PLOT of Leaving Cheyennewell I wish there were actually more of it. A little suspense might be good as well, but the characters and their relationships carry the book - re [...]

    11. this book leaves me with no desire to read lonesome dove, even though heaps of folks think it is one of the best books ever. i think it is because i do not like mcmurtry's style; what some people regard as a lack of sentimentality i think of as being emotionally disengaged. i spent most of the novel being perplexed by the main characters' motivations, rendering me completely unable to relate to them in any meaningful way. which is probably why i just didn't care about the characters, or for the [...]

    12. This was recommended to me by a dear 'book friend' as one of her all-time favorites. I was put off at the beginning, thinking 'oh dear - I'm not really into cowboy books', but the sweetness of the story and the characters soon won me over and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the story of three friends - two men and a woman - and how that friendship overcomes all the adversity and twists that life throws at us - love, work, and finding our inner selves.

    13. My book club enjoyed the book, but I felt depressed by the bad choices the main female character made!

    14. I read this at least once a year. It may be my favorite book. Written in 3 sections, each from one of the main character's viewpoints, the story is original and heartbreaking just like life.

    15. This is a fine book and one that I must have been quite daring in its day (it was first published in 1962). It follows three main characters - Gid, Molly, and Johnny. Each claim a portion of the narrative in the book's three sections. Set on the sprawling ranch lands of Texas it roughly traces the first half of the twentieth century and features some of the changes taking place, particularly the appearance of the automobile. The characters' relationship to each other, while relatively uncomplica [...]

    16. What an amazing storyI've never read a "western" tour of book before and I'm glad this was my first one. I loved the characters in it so much I just couldn't quit reading it. I read it in just say could of days. What an amazing life these people had and the live that was shared between them was do during it leapt right of the pages at you. I loved Molly and all of her ideas on how easy life really is and how you truly can love someone and spend your entire life with them. It definitely shows how [...]

    17. By far the best of the three novels.And the only one not made into a movie.This novel is about love, honor and the different choices on being alone.The story spans 40 plus years told in three sections. Each narrated by one of the three protogonists - Gid(eon), Johnny, and the woman who loves each of them (and one more), Molly.A bit of a scandolous life style for the 1920s, but the ranches have no neighbors and a horse is still the main form of transportation.The character development is deep and [...]

    18. This book is a rambling collection of tales that connect three main characters. All vintage Larry McMurtry. The two main male characters remind me an awful lot of Woodrow Call and Augustus McCrae, but maybe that’s not fair. Still, Larry McMurtry. ❤️

    19. This was an audiobook, read by a woman and two cowboys. I'm a sucker for cowboys. Great book about friends, what we do for them and to them.

    20. Great feel. Starts pretty slow, seems like too much dialog but he soon pulls it all together into something very atmospheric.

    21. If it’s a sad waning-days-of-the-cowboy story you want, you won’t do better than Larry McMurtry. And if you grew up among people just like his characters, as I did, it’s just unbearably poignant.

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of this panoramic, but intimate character study of three individuals. The book is divided into three parts, each written from the point of view of the three well-defined primary characters. In the audio version I listened to, each part was narrated by a different reader -- all were excellent.

    23. My dad told me that Larry McMurtry has written some books that were only so-so. I have yet to find one though. This one is great. I think I don't like it quite as much as Lonesome Dove or The Last Picture Show, but that could be because I read Lonesome Dove first, and because I really am blown away by the movie version of The Last Picture Show. This one is a drama about a rancher's son, a cowhand, and a woman who loves them both; it follows them from their teenage years to old age, roughly the n [...]

    24. Ok, so, people are often like, "my, isn't it incredible that this male author can be a woman in his prose?!" Well, at least circa this, his 2nd novel, Larry McMurtry can't. Maybe he also can't be a man, not sure.I wanted this tone--Western, heavy romance. There's a lot of nice sex as well. But the dialect/naivete/flat affect of the 1st-person narration (first by Gideon, then Molly, probably by Johnny after that though I won't get that far) make the characters seem like probably retards or maybe [...]

    25. As much as I usually enjoy McMurtry's books, I had to stretch to give this one a 2nd star. Honestly, I couldn't wait to be finished with it. While I admit that the character development was engaging, this really was one of the most boring books I've ever read.Most people's lives are mundane, and the realities of ranching life aren't any different. This book is probably very accurate in its portrayal of the less-than-glamorous lifestyle - typical cowboy books/movies notwithstanding. Then again, m [...]

    26. McMurtry is one of my favorite authors and one of the best western authors of all time. His works including :Lonesome Dove, The last Picture Show series and Terms of Endearment" are among the best books that I have read. On the other hand some of his books including when he fictionalizes famous western personalities leaves me a little disappointed. This book is of the first catagory when he takes a threesome of west Texas characters and brings them to life over sixty years. He even does it in Th [...]

    27. McMurty's books are really long, and I usually don't want to devote that much time to a western adventure story, so I listened to it on an audiotape. It's a realy good "listen" to help while away the hours when you are doing repetitive tasks like cutting fabrics or mindless strip piecing for quilts. After you get in the groove you can even do paper piecing! The story is told in McMurty's laconic style, with quite a bit of understated humor, along with starvation, nearly dying of thirst, fighting [...]

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