The Last Picture Show Book Summary and Study Guide

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Excellent coming of age story set in small Texas town in the late 1950's. The minor characters are as vividly drawn as the three central characters. Though sex is a major theme, it is presented with both a prelude and an aftermath....the anticipation of sex along with its consequences. The characters Sonny Crawford and Ruth Popper are among the saddest yet moving people ever presented in a novel.
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The review of this Book prepared by Max Parker

The first of a trilogy depicting life in a small Texas town beginning in the 1960's, The Last Picture Show tells about the early lives of Duane, Sonny, and Jacy--a trio of amusing yet lovable characters who form an interesting but indefinable love triangle. Their lives in the small town of Thalia, where the only thing to do on a Saturday is take in a movie at the dilapidated movie theater downtown, are fairly uneventful until young adulthood hits them and they must figure out what to do with their lives. Unfortunately, that is not such an easy thing to do and this tale of their struggle to make the right decisions is a delightful read.
Maybe McMurtry's best book if you don't count Lonesome Dove.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Texas Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Loving/sexing?    -   girl chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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