Boone's Lick

Boone's Lick

A Novel

Book - 2000
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"Boone's Lick" is a major novel in the rich tradition of "Lonesome Dove" and "Comanche Moon" about the opening up of the American West. The first novel in a new series, it is the story of a trek by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, and proves to be one of McMurtry's richest and most satisfying works.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000.
ISBN: 9780684868868
0684868865
Branch Call Number: FIC MCMURTR
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 23 cm.

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Jun 18, 2017

McMurtry's writing is infectious, and his folksy humor sustains the sometimes gruesome action in the story. All the tropes of traditional westerns are here, but turned on their heads, as the plot unfolds from the point of view of a teenage boy accompanying his mother in search of her absent husband. Wild Bill Hickock makes an appearance, and the wide open plains of Wyoming and Nebraska feature prominently. Recommended for fans of westerns and also of earthy humorous novels, if they don't mind the casual violence and profanity that runs throughout the novel.

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