In this sequel to the acclaimed "Duane's Depressed," the Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar(-winning writer crafts an elegiac and intimate portrait of an ...Show synopsisIn this sequel to the acclaimed "Duane's Depressed," the Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar(-winning writer crafts an elegiac and intimate portrait of an eccentric, aging oil man struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. 141653427X 141653427X From Publishers Weekly With less...New. 141653427X 141653427X From Publishers Weekly With less than happy results, McMurtry picks up the story of Duane Moore (Duane's Depressed) two years after he left him alone in a remote Texas cabin, suddenly widowed and among his fractious brood. As Duane, now 64, returns from an impromptu trip to Egypt, he's confronted by Anne Cameron, a young, flirtatious computer expert hired by Duane's son, Dickie (now manager of the small family oil company). Although smitten, Duane is still haunted by the memory of his wife, Karla, and also succumbs to a lassitude about his sex drive that ultimately reveals a more serious health problem. His therapist, Honor Carmichael, decides (after the death of her lover) that all Duane needs is some self-confidence, so she temporarily sets aside her professional ethics (and her lesbianism) to come to his aid. In the meantime, old friends die, as does his tiny town of Thalia (setting of six McMurtry novels, finally swallowed up by creeping sprawl), and his daughters annoy him. Bereft of subplot or complications, this slim novel reads like a short story, and the second half is dominated by vivid but curiously clinical sex scenes. Although amusing in places and full of sharp McMurtry observations and sentences, it's as weak a book as he has produced. (Mar. ) Copyright? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist In his now-classic debut novel, The Last Picture Show(1966), McMurtry introduced readers to a dying Texas town called Thalia and a lively teenager named Duane Moore. McMurtry revisited both in his novels Texasville (1987) and Duane's Depressed (1999), rendering Duane as a sort of West Texas equivalent of Updike's Rabbit Angstrom. McMurtry's latest novel begins with Duane, now 65, returning from an overseas sabbatical designed to relieve his grief for his deceased wife. He finds that his life in Thalia has receded; his children have all moved on, his oil company is successful without him, and he is utterly alone. In walks Annie, a young blond and new employee at the company. Annie flirts with Duane but soon reveals that--despite her 27 years--she knows almost nothing about sex. Duane hasn't learned much either but is willing to share his meager education with Annie. McMurtry keeps the sexual play frank--too frank, with descriptions of Duane's impotence falling under the heading of too much information Although Duane is surprised by his late-blooming sexuality, readers won't be, and his prolonged malaise deadens the impact of his self-discovery. Still, it's nice to know what ultimately becomes of old Duane--even if it isn't particularly enthralling. Jerry Eberle Copyright? American Library Association. All rights reserved.
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Description:Ln jacket. New Hardcover with Like New dust jacket, clean,...Ln jacket. New Hardcover with Like New dust jacket, clean, tight, unmarked, dust jacket has some handling. () In this masterful and often surprising sequel to the acclaimed Duane's Depressed, the Pulitzer Prize-and Oscar-winning author of Lonesome Dove has written a haunting, elegiac, and occasionally erotic novel about one of his most beloved characters. Duane Moore first made his appearance in The Last Picture Showand, like his author, he has aged but not lost his vigor or his taste for life. Back from.
I have been a lover of McMurtry's series started with Last Picture Show and was happy to learn there were a couple more. I found these two to be somewhat lacking, however. Chapters were short, choppy. It was very sad to me to learn of the end of Duane's life.
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