An almost-true story about a small town in Texas that ought to exist if it doesn’t, with characters like Sam the Lion, the delectable Jacy, and Ruth Popper, the coach’s wife. Set in a small, dusty, Texas town, The Last Picture Show introduced the characters of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny: teenagers stumbling toward adulthood, discovering the beguiling mysteries of sex and the even more baffling mysteries of love. Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is a wild, heartbreaking, and poignant novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.
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Perfect complement to the movie
Yes. Saw the movie (again) recently after having seen it when it first came out. The DVD had an interview with the Producer, Peter Bogdanovich, in which he revealed that he had to cut the movie down in order to please the movie company. He regretted this and that led me to download the book to see what was missing. I highly recommend seeing the movie first, then read/listen to the book. They complement each other in that you will have a visualization of the movie characters who were all excellent. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a story as much as this one. What a wonderful writer!
American Graffiti comes to mind even though it wasn't a book. I suppose if you grew up in the 60's or late 50's as I did, it makes it all that more enjoyable to be able to relate to those moments in the both The Last Picture Show and American Graffiti..
Perfect! In fact, I will probably listen to several more that he has narrated just to listen to his great delivery and performance.
Both! The characters were painted with such richness almost like an artist painting.
If you have seen the movie way back when, see it again. Then listen to the Audible version. It's like eating chocolate cake and washing it down with a glass of cold milk.
World class narration - and story too!!!
- Peter Brown