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Publisher's Summary

Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read; not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale, encompassing many years, many characters, real and fictional, and the whole vast landscape of place, time, life, and heart, which has served for more than 130 years as the background for "the Western" in fiction and on the screen. Nobody writes, or has ever written, better about the West than Larry McMurtry, and nobody has caught better in words its myths, its often brutal reality, its overwhelming size, and the way it captured both the imagination and the hopes of those who settled there, only, as was so often the case, to dash those hopes. Told in the voice of Nellie Courtright, a spunky, courageous, attractive young woman whose story this is in part, Telegraph Days is the big novel of the Western gunfighters that people have been hoping for years Larry McMurtry would write.
©2006 Larry McMurtry. All rights reserved.; (P) 2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews



Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Solo Narration - Female



Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, Unabridged, 2007
Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2007
"McMurtry's latest skips through western lore with a wry smile." (Publishers Weekly)
"In his striving to demythologize the West, McMurtry's vision of the reality is compelling." (Booklist)
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By Reuben on 04-02-10

Great story, great reader

Annie Potts does an outstanding job as the reader for this book. I wish she would do more. Also, a good story.

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By Bocaboy on 08-19-06

Good McMurtry, not great

I'm a big McMurtry fan, but his last several books have an overtone of tedium to them. This one is one of his better ones in the last few years, but is no comparison to Lonesome Dove or any of his other western-themed novels. Annie Pots is a terrific reader and you may enjoy the story, but this is not a compelling book as many of McMurtry's earlier works have been. The plot is thin and riddled with western legends, not the real men and women in Lonesome Dove that made it such an interesting story.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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