When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake–not a very big one.
This 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner is the story of two retired Texas rangers. In the years following the Civil War they lead one of the first cattle drives from Texas to Montana. They have rivers to cross, bandits to deal with and clashes with Native Americans. The book is real dealing with real people in the backdrop of a big open country. First, you have the friendship between Gus and Call, the two old rangers. Then Gus still has a crush on a woman from his past who the pair meet on their way to Montana. There are people trying to do good and those that are bitter. With these characters and the well-written landscapes, McMurtry has brought this period of history to life. My grandfather was a cowboy at this time in history and through that lens I could picture every thing that happens in the story.
Check the BPL catalog for this title: Lonesome Dove