Yes, despite the fact that I have a horrible record of finishing door-stop books, I am reading Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.
And it’s everything I expected to be and more. It is looooong. The pacing is questionable, partly because it is loooong. It’s also beautiful. Engaging. Fascinating. And deep on characterization, which also hurts the pacing a bit, but it’s worth it.
It’s made me think a little on my writing and characterization. Like most writers I want my characters to pop of the page and engage the reader…and I want the readers to care about them, and speak about them like they are real people. And I’m working on this. I am. But…
As much as I love Lonesome Dove’s characters, I just don’t see me ever writing this way. Almost as if chapters are given to share character background sketches. I’m enjoying it, but I just don’t think I’m that writer.
Then again… there maybe something to be learned here.
Another thing I’m enjoying is McMurtry’s somewhat contrarian take on cowboy stories. These aren’t really the heroic characters of cowboy legend. I’m enjoying it.
Only have 700 pages left. Ha!
Still plan on trying my hand at a Western for one of this year’s novels.
BTW, If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big music fan. Larry’s son, James McMurtry, is one of the greatest songwriters working in America. If you haven’t check him out, you should. Start with “Ruby and Carlos.”