• Title: Boone's Lick
  • Author: Larry McMurtry
  • ISBN: 9780671040581
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Boone s Lick Boone s Lick is Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry s return to the kind of story that made him famous an enthralling tale of the nineteenth century west Like his bestsellers Lonesome Dove S
    Boone s Lick is Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry s return to the kind of story that made him famous an enthralling tale of the nineteenth century west Like his bestsellers Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo, Comanche Moon, and Dead Man s Walk, Boone s Lick transports the reader to the era about which McMurtry writes better and shrewdly than anyone else.Boone s Lick is Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry s return to the kind of story that made him famous an enthralling tale of the nineteenth century west Like his bestsellers Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo, Comanche Moon, and Dead Man s Walk, Boone s Lick transports the reader to the era about which McMurtry writes better and shrewdly than anyone else Told with McMurtry s unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius, the novel follows the Cecil family s arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone s Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming Fifteen year old Shay narrates, describing the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she s leaving him Without knowing precisely where he is, they set out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go With them are Shay s siblings, G.T Neva, and baby Marcy Shay s uncle, Seth his Granpa Crackenthorpe and Mary Margaret s beautiful half sister, Rose During their journey they pick up a barefooted priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to join in their travels At the heart of the novel, and the adventure, is Mary Margaret, whom we first meet shooting a sheriff s horse out from underneath him in order to feed her family Forceful, interesting, and determined, she is written with McMurtry s trademark deftness and sympathy for women, and is in every way a match for the worst the west can muster Boone s Lick abounds with the incidents, the excitements, and the dangers of life on the plains Its huge cast of characters includes such historical figures as Wild Bill Hickok and the unfortunate Colonel Fetterman whose arrogance and ineptitude led to one of the U.S Army s worst and bloodiest defeats at the hands of the Cheyenne and Sioux as well as the Cecil family itself based on a real family of nineteenth century traders and haulers The story of their trek in pursuit of Dick, and the discovery of his second and third families, is told with brilliance, humor, and overwhelming joie de vivre in a novel that is at once high adventure, a perfect western tale, and a moving love story it is, in short, vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the west, and his unrivaled eye for the telling detail Boone s Lick is one of McMurtry s richest works of fiction to date.

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    1. Any “western” novel that Larry McMurtry writes will forever be compared to Lonesome Dove. McMurtry set the bar high with that one, arguably one of the great novels of the last fifty years. Even the sequels that I’ve read lack the epic sweep of his Pulitzer Prize winner. So how does Boone’s Lick match up or should inevitable comparisons even be drawn.Boone’s Lick, narrated by 15 year old Shay Cecil, recounts his family’s journey in search of their philandering father, a guy who shows [...]

    2. This is a short, sweet little book, really nothing more than the account of one of McMurtry's classic eccentric western families as they travel west to find their pa. Some critics dwell on the fact that this book lacks the sweep and drama of "Lonesome Dove". That's so, but it also lacks that book's cruelty and tragedy. The delight here is in the details - Grandpa taking out his fiddle as soon as he meets another fiddler on the trail, the glow off the tip of a burning cheroot smoked by a prostitu [...]

    3. I have one question. Is the Cecil family he writes about the same Cecil family that later appears in the 20th century in the series starting with "The Last Picture Show" or does he just really like the last name Cecil?Another descriptive and imaginative tale about life in the old west. I'm not really cowboyish type of person. However, I can't get enough of Larry McMurtry's western stories. This was a fast read and rather short compared to his other books. However, it was so well written that I f [...]

    4. OK, so I read an article this week about Larry McMurtry selling most of his book collection. So of course I had to find a McMurtry I hadn't read yet. Found two, so I was feeling pretty great. He is incredible, what can you say? Character development like so few authors can really do. The only reason it's a four and not a five is I guess I wish it were longer. It is a great little story, and Shay was a super narrator, keeping things going and explaining as best his 15 year old eyes and experience [...]

    5. How can you not love Larry McMurtry? I don't think anyone will ever call Boone's Lick his master work. It is, however, an enjoyable read, following the Missouri Cecil family after Mary Margaret decides to take her entire household on the trail to find her straying husband in Wyoming.

    6. Boone's Lick is a backwater town in Missouri . The setting is the American West during the Civil War. Mary Margaret Cecil and her growing family are living off the land the best they can. Her husband Dickie is a supplier for the forts of the US Army and travels far and wide securing himself with an Indian wife and family at every fort on the Oregon Trail. Mary Margaret has had enough of his never-do-well ways and decides to pack up her family and her beloved brother-in-law, Uncle Seth, in a wago [...]

    7. I discovered Larry McMurtry when I listened to the audio version of Lonesome Dove on my iPod. I was captivated by the characters and the settings of that long Western classic. I recently discovered Boone's Lick in my library, where I had apparently bought and placed it a long time ago. I thought, "Why not"?This is a much shorter western that Lonesome Dove, but is almost as entertaining. McMurtry lived out West for many years (according to his somewhat autobiographical novel "Books"), and he clea [...]

    8. "Bones Lick" by Larry McMurtryWritten in Will Rogers vernacular as told by her oldest son keept my interest. Mary Margret of Boones Lick Missouri uproots her siblings and brother in law to travel to Fort Phil Kearny on oregan trail in Montana. To find her wayward husband that she only sees every two years to tell him that she's leaving him. The adventure of the journey and the characters they meet keep this a fast paced read.

    9. A delightful novelette describing a single mother uprooting her family from Missouri and moving to Wyoming. The characters are interesting and a few more are encountered on the journey. It’s romantic and gritty at the same time. There is good portrayal of tension between characters. The Western settings are a typical McMurtry product and well done.

    10. Although this short book was no Lonesome Dove, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great story. I loved the story and the writing was perfect. Mary Margaret Cecil lives in the period following the Civil War with her four children, her father and her brother-in-law, Seth, in Boone’s Lick, a hole in the wall along the Missouri River. She’s buried four of baby sons who died. Her husband, Dickie, is a woodsman, who works for the military so far away that he can only come home every couple of years [...]

    11. Family, so many different ways to describe one, today and yesterday. The main bulk of the story involves a feisty woman, Mary Margaret packing her kids, including the baby up along with other family members and take the trail with wagon and mules to find her husband who hasn't even met the baby. Her husband's brother Seth is with them along with her half sister and life in not easy along the trail and walking right into Indian land will make is all that more adventures. This was a great old west [...]

    12. First of all, I want to make clear that I think Larry McMurtry is one of our national treasures. Lonesome Dove belongs on the list of greatest American novels, and his output since then has often been thoughtful and nuanced. I have always appreciated his love for the American West, and the way he peppers his narratives with fascinating characters who season tried and true archetypes so that they seem fresh again. But Boone's Lick will not be considered amongst his great works. Descriptions fall [...]

    13. McMurtry's writing is infectious, and his folksy humor sustains the sometimes gruesome action in the story. All the tropes of traditional westerns are here, but turned on their heads, as the plot unfolds from the point of view of a teenage boy accompanying his mother in search of her absent husband. Wild Bill Hickock makes an appearance, and the wide open plains of Wyoming and Nebraska feature prominently. Recommended for fans of westerns and also of earthy humorous novels, if they don't mind th [...]

    14. Another masterpiece by McMurtry. Very much in the realm of Lonesome Dove. I learned so much about writing, from listening to the book as an audiobook. My partner and I enjoyed listening to it all across the Rocky Mountains on a road trip. Beautiful prose, funny and so engaging. You are on the trip with the family, facing all the hardships and uncertainties and wondering who the hell would take such a dangerous journey! I thought the ending was a let-down, so I didn't give it five stars.

    15. I don't have much to say other than the characters are great. I loved the story. It was a smooth read. It had elements of historical fiction but with out dragging you through a history class. I liked the "Ma" character the best.

    16. Good readNot Lonesome Dove but good. A view of the 19th century as our great grandparents knew it. Nostalgic, but dangerous,

    17. My favorite author but this book was a little slow and would have loved more written about after than all about the trek.

    18. "Lonesome Dove" is one of my favorite books, and Boone's Lick has a similar vibe. Sincerely a good read.

    19. I would recommend this book to friends, I found it in the school library. I gave the book Boone’s Lick 4 stars because it was a good book and it kept me interested the whole time. While reading this book I gained some new knowledge. I learned of Indians, outlaws, and most importantly broken families. About the Indians I learned that some were good and some were bad, a lot just wanted to see what you were doing and maybe trade for some tobacco or supplies. Only a small percentage had bad inten [...]

    20. This is the cheerier fare I wanted after reaching the grim conclusion of the last audiobook. The deciding factor in my selecting it over other options in the library was simply Will Patton's name as the narrator. His renditions of Tree of Smoke and Thirteen Moons had already impressed me.Other readers have noted that the story is fairly lightweight, and there's truth in that. Given situations and dialog that could've been lifted from the TV western shows I watched as a kid, this was sometimes ha [...]

    21. Jordan BlalockMinniearEnglish 910/11/10Boone’s Lick Boone’s Lick is a story that takes place during the Wild West era in a town called Boone’s Lick near the Missouri River. The story is told in first person by a young boy named Shay. The main characters are Shay, G.T Grandpa Crackerthorpe, Neva, Uncle Seth, Ma, and Aunt Rosie. Boone’s Lick is a good book in my opinion; it is interesting and very entertaining. The story starts out at the characters home in which all of them live together [...]

    22. I really like this book, partly because it starts in Missouri after the Civil War and my ancestors lived in Missouri at that time so I was interested in imagining their lives. But the best part of the book is the sense of humor, one funny situation after another and someone is always making a wise crack about it. It's the story of the Cecil Family told by the 14-year-old Shay. Things are pretty rough after the war and the sheriff comes to steal the family mules with the hope of forming a posse, [...]

    23. This saga of the Cecil family is narrated by the oldest son, Sherman, Shay for short. The family is dominated by Mary Margaret, Shay’s mother. After living in Boone’s Lick, Missouri for 14 years and having her husband, Dick, only drop in every other year or two for a couple of days leaving her pregnant, she tires of the situation. She decides to go look for her husband who is working for the army in the Wyoming Territory. She packs up her home, three children plus a baby, her father, her bro [...]

    24. This could have been a wonderful novel, but it was really just a good novella, which left me feeling a little unsatisfied. And of course, it was no Lonesome Dove. (But Larry McMurtry is probably never going to write another Lonesome Dove, and I know I just have to get over it.)The opening story involving Wild Bill Hickok had absolutely no relationship to the rest of the story and felt a little odd in a book this length. And the ending was pretty predictable—-the second that Mary Margaret loade [...]

    25. I don't often read westerns but every once in a while will pick one up. This is a fairly traditional one, and I liked how McMurty wove historical fact into what is mostly a purely fictional tale. He gives you a nice slice of reality with this very flawed family, such that the reader can see monogamy wasn't the sacred cow we'd like to think it was way back when. The dangers of traveling into Indian territory are revealed, along with the effects of indiscriminate killing of wild herds of whatever [...]

    26. This short book, picked up in Portland at Powell's for an airplane trip, lasted for the trip. It is not a very hard book, but is full of great characters, which is what McMurtry does best. The mother,in the book, Mary Margaret,reminds me of some of my foremothers. She is focused and driven and she knows what she wants. She is not a sissy; she doesn't cry like a girl when her wagon breaks down. The story, told by her son Shay, is historical fiction, I think, and paints a colorful portrait of the [...]

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