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.
This report 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.
This report prepared by Bill Brumlow