as for "lonesome dove," i was given it as a gift a few years ago. i never got around to really looking it over until today and i saw that the chicago tribune once wrote:
it has been a long time since i have been annoyed at a writer as i was with mcmurtry for bringing his story to a close after a mere 843 pages. he could have doubled it without any diminishment of power and pleasure. it is, yes, just that good. it is, absolutely, that much fun to read. . . . superb.intrigued? me too!