The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

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The Last Picture Show is a novel written by Pulitzer-prize winning author Larry McMurtry. Set in Texas, this coming of age book follows the story of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny. It is also adapted to film with the same title. 

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  • Daniel Ramos
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "As a native of West Texas, I enjoyed the general feel of the book, with its descriptions of the land and the weather. Most of the characters seemed to be people I once knew. Writing about West Texas is difficult; I admire any writer who can get it right. Larry McMurtry does."
    Israel Rocha
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a really great book. You should also watch the classic movie as well. Which was directed by one of the all time greatest directors ever. A great idea."
  • Erika Olvera
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a classic. I never cared for it, but I did read it just to say I did."
  • Tyler Kelly
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The best coming of age book ever written. Characters learn to grow up, learn the consequences of their actions. They start out as carefree teens, but get slowly ground down by the hopelessness of the rel world. Welcome to misery, boys! HAhA! Great book, though. i gives it Five stars!"
  • Ronald Cruz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Small, dying towns have a way of scraping along far past what it seems like their expiration dates should be, a stubborn romanticism cementing their residents in place. Like Thalia, the fictional Texas town where Larry McMurtry sets The Last Picture Show. Oil keeps Thalia together, provides roughnecking jobs for the local working class boys, and keeps the town's wealthiest family, the Farrows, in their relatively cushioned niche. Gene and Lois Farrow's spoiled, beautiful teenage daughter Jacy is the apple of every boy's eye and when the story starts, she's chosen her blue-collar classmate Duane as her boyfriend. She doesn't really have especially strong feelings for Duane, but she likes that he's in the backfield on the football team and that he adores her and buys her things. That he's poor enough to piss off her parents is icing on the cake."
    Donna Hawkins
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Small, dying towns have a way of scraping along far past what it seems like their expiration dates should be, a stubborn romanticism cementing their residents in place. Like Thalia, the fictional Texas town where Larry McMurtry sets The Last Picture Show. Oil keeps Thalia together, provides roughnecking jobs for the local working class boys, and keeps the town's wealthiest family, the Farrows, in their relatively cushioned niche. Gene and Lois Farrow's spoiled, beautiful teenage daughter Jacy is the apple of every boy's eye and when the story starts, she's chosen her blue-collar classmate Duane as her boyfriend. She doesn't really have especially strong feelings for Duane, but she likes that he's in the backfield on the football team and that he adores her and buys her things. That he's poor enough to piss off her parents is icing on the cake."
  • Ai Yao
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I always find books that I might not otherwise read at this site. This is another book I'm anxious to check out now. Great descriptions, so many different ways to read, related items. You couldn't ask for a better way to find what you're looking for."
  • Thomas Jensen
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Mr. McMurtry knows how to put life into his well developed characters and make them vivid and alive.. He also understands how it was growing up in the 1950s in a small country town. Fun read."
  • Emma Mason
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Absolute must read! There is a reason that this has been such an enduring classic! Engaging characters, fantastic writing, and heart touching. If you have only seen the film then do yourself a favor and read the book."
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