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Duane's Depressed

McMurtry, Larry

ISBN 10: 068485497X / ISBN 13: 9780684854977
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1999
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1999 As NEW Book, As NEW clipped jacket, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 431 clean tight unmarked pages, the book appears unread, blue boards with burgundy spine, gold lettering on the spine, jacket has a color photo printed on it's side of the front cover, a dirt field with telephone poles, and a yellow cloudy sky, blue denim bottom and black and white lettering on the front, white lettering on the side jacket, b/w photo of the author on rear inside jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001163

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Title: Duane's Depressed

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove presents the long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Last Picture Show and Texasville, a moving blend of humor and tragedy set in a backwater Texas town. 200,000 first printing.

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At 62, ever-dependable oil man Duane Moore ditches his pickup and starts walking everywhere--deeply deviant behavior in one-stoplight Thalia, Texas. "It occurred to him one day--not in a flash, but through a process of seepage, a kind of gas leak into his consciousness--that most of his memories, from his first courtship to the lip of old age, involved the cabs of pickups," Larry McMurtry writes. Yet oddly enough, Duane's marriage, four children and nine grandchildren, his career highs and lows, all occurred when he was nowhere near his vehicle. Within days he has moved into his cabin on a hill, reacquired his dog, Shorty the Sixth ("an air of slight guilt was typical of all the Shortys"), and begun to think on these things. Of course, this brings on an additional problem: "He realized that for the first time in his life he had too much time to think; of course he had wanted more time to think, but that was probably because he hadn't realized how tricky thinking could be."

Luckily for readers, Duane's attempts to go off the grid are far from successful. Thus do we have the deep pleasures of his comical and complex encounters with his wife, Karla, and family, not to mention some of Thalia's singular citizens. As ever, McMurtry's dialogue and narration snaps and surprises. He makes his hero's solitude, and his increasing depression, infinitely intriguing. Will Duane's attempts to literally and figuratively cultivate his garden succeed? Will he forge his way through the three volumes of Proust that his attractive new psychiatrist has prescribed in lieu of Prozac? Will the catfish that has found its way into his waterbed survive? Answers to these and many other questions await you in Duane's Depressed, the final book of the marvelous trilogy McMurtry began with The Last Picture Show and Texasville. Let us pray that it turns into a quartet: we need far more of Duane and his family. For a start, his granddaughter Barbi--"a dark midge of a child"--merits a volume of her own. --Kerry Fried

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