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"I thought happiness was...Texas in my rear view mirror." Song lyrics

  • Sep 18, 2012
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"Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show."  Many years have gone by and the young characters from "The Last Picture Show," are now middle aged. The town of Thalia, Texas is getting ready for its centennial celebration.

Duane Moore is an oil man with huge debts. Like many people in his town, they became wealthy during the rise in cost of oil. Then OPEC cut prices and Duane is growing broke, like everyone else.

He enjoys the easy life for himself and family and tries not to think of his financial problems. He's asked to help pick the name of a person to honor at the centennial but can't think of anyone worth mentioning.

With little else happening, he spends much of his time reminiscing about his high school days and the glory of small town football.

To top matters off, his old high school girlfriend moves back to town after acting in Europe. Things get complicated.

The characters are well described and easy to picture. The author has written many stories that have been turned into films and has the knack for describing events as if they were already on the screen.

While I did enjoy the story, I don't think it was up to the level of "The Last Picture Show," or "Lonesome Dove," which he wrote just before this novel.

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review by . September 01
Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" and the book the author wrote after "Lonesome Dove."      The story picks up 30 years after the events in "The Last Picture Show." The wild high school students are now middle aged people trying to re-capture their youth.      Duane Moore is an oil man with huge debts. Like many, he became rich during the oil boom but now that OPEC has cut prices, Duane is going broke.   …
Quick Tip by . September 01
It would add to the enjoyment of this book if the reader watched the movie before or after this book.
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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Author: Larry McMurtry
Genre: American Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 04-15-1997
ISBN: 9780671625337
Format: hard cover
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