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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

McMurtry, Larry

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ISBN 10: 0671676040 / ISBN 13: 9780671676049
Published by NY, Simon & Schuster,, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Printing of the Simon & Schuster hardcover reissue, the book has a slight lean and very mild foxing, the interior pages are clean, the dust jacket is intact with mild rubbing but no fading of the colors. Bookseller Inventory # F694

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Title: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

Publisher: NY, Simon & Schuster,

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love.

Review:

In The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry introduced characters who would show up again in later novels, Texasville and Duane's Depressed. This first volume of the trilogy drops the reader into the one-stoplight town of Thalia, Texas, where Duane Moore, his buddy Sonny, and his girlfriend Jacy are all stumbling along the rocky road to adulthood. Duane wants nothing more than to marry Jacy; Sonny wants what Duane has; and Jacy wants to get the hell out of Thalia any way she can. This is not a novel of big ideas or defining moments; over the course of a year Duane and Jacy make up and break up, Sonny begins an affair with his high-school football coach's wife, and the only movie house in town closes its doors forever. Yet it is out of these small-town experiences--a nude swimming party in Wichita, a failed sexual encounter during a senior trip, a botched elopement, an enlistment--that McMurtry builds his tale and reveals his characters' hearts. No epiphanies here, just a lot of hard-won experience that leaves none of his protagonists particularly wiser, though they're all a little sadder by the end. --Alix Wilber

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