The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurty

The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtyThis is a great novel, but when you read reviews of it such as you begin to wonder why it is and how it is. What is it that makes this novel so affecting? It is deeply sad and moving, but also quite life affirming. The story itself, as well as the setting, is not promising. Nothing happens. Thalia, a one-horse town in the middle of nowhere, is grim and bleak. Maybe it’s the characters, who all labour beneath that universal human destiny, that draw the reader in. Or maybe it’s the slightly folksy way the story is told, where the omniscient narrator has a distinctive voice and character, one who is just as caught up in the story and how it is turning out for the central characters as the reader is. A great read.


Mr A


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s