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Moving On (1970)

af Larry McMurtry

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"Moving On anticipates McMurtry's Terms of Endearment and explores the emotional journey of a young woman against a sprawling metropolis in 1970s Texas. Larry McMurtry's Moving On, his epic first novel in the acclaimed Houston series, has long been considered a defining tale of "monumental honesty" worthy of great attention (New York Times). Preceding Terms of Endearment by five years, it is essential reading for anyone who appreciates the inherent genius of McMurtry's late twentieth-century fiction. Moving On centers on the life of Patsy Carpenter, one of his most beloved characters. After calmly finishing a Hershey bar alone in her car, a restless Patsy drives away from her lifeless marriage in search of a greater purpose. In "precise and lyrical prose" (Boston Globe), McMurtry reveals the complex, colorful lives of Pete, the rodeo clown; high-spirited cowboy Sonny Shanks; and impassioned grad student Hank. A critical work of American literature that "presents human drama with sympathy and compassion" (Los Angeles Times), Moving On unfolds a tale of perseverance and emotional survival in the modern-day West"--… (mere)
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An early book by McMurtry and one I read 35 years ago as I was getting divorced. I like his early books much better than the later ones, many of which I have not, and will not, read. Character development and reasonable plot are much more likely and sincere in the early books. Having said that, this book got to me in a strange way. I cannot stand most of the characters or their approach to life as individual people, but as a collective, they are tolerable. The scenarios involved in making this book happen are quite improbable, however. Rodeo, photo journalist, graduate school, IBM employee, everybody everywhere always reading, name dropping of a vast number of significant books, and McMurtry's fascination w/ the subject of sex. It all gets to be a bit too much, but he crams every bit of it into this 800 page novel. The setting of Texas seems spot on much of the time, especially the rural Texas that I know and remember fairly well. Which is probably why I read the book about 1983 and really liked it at that time. Texas was new and fascinating, less so now. ( )
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"Moving On anticipates McMurtry's Terms of Endearment and explores the emotional journey of a young woman against a sprawling metropolis in 1970s Texas. Larry McMurtry's Moving On, his epic first novel in the acclaimed Houston series, has long been considered a defining tale of "monumental honesty" worthy of great attention (New York Times). Preceding Terms of Endearment by five years, it is essential reading for anyone who appreciates the inherent genius of McMurtry's late twentieth-century fiction. Moving On centers on the life of Patsy Carpenter, one of his most beloved characters. After calmly finishing a Hershey bar alone in her car, a restless Patsy drives away from her lifeless marriage in search of a greater purpose. In "precise and lyrical prose" (Boston Globe), McMurtry reveals the complex, colorful lives of Pete, the rodeo clown; high-spirited cowboy Sonny Shanks; and impassioned grad student Hank. A critical work of American literature that "presents human drama with sympathy and compassion" (Los Angeles Times), Moving On unfolds a tale of perseverance and emotional survival in the modern-day West"--

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