[AZW] ß Free Read ↠ Telegraph Days : by Larry McMurtry ✓ #2020


  • Title: Telegraph Days
  • Author: Larry McMurtry
  • ISBN: 9780743476911
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback

  • Telegraph Days By Larry McMurtry I ve come to think that in times of crisis human beings don t have it in them to be rational The Yazee gang was riding down upon us, six abreast We all ran outside and confirmed that fact The sensible thing would have been to run and hide but did we Not at all The narrator of Larry McMurtry s newest book is spunky Nellie Courtright, twenty two years old and alreadI ve come to think that in times of crisis human beings don t have it in them to be rational The Yazee gang was riding down upon us, six abreast We all ran outside and confirmed that fact The sensible thing would have been to run and hide but did we Not at all The narrator of Larry McMurtry s newest book is spunky Nellie Courtright, twenty two years old and already wrapping every man in the West around her little finger When she and her teenage brother Jackson are orphaned, she sweet talks the local sheriff into hiring Jackson as a deputy, while she takes over the vacant job of town telegrapher When, by pure blind luck, Jackson shoots down the entire Yazee gang, Nellie is quick to capitalize on his new notoriety by selling reviews to reporters It seems wherever Nellie is, action is sure to happen, from a love affair with Buffalo Bill to a ringside seat at the O.K Corral gunfight Told with charm, humor, and an unparalleled zest for life, Nellie s story is the story of how the West was won.
    Larry McMurtry
    Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 3, 1936 He is the author of twenty nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two essay collections, and than thirty screenplays His first published book, Horseman, Pass By, was adapted into the film Hud A number of his other novels also were adapted into movies as well as a television mini series.Among many other accolades, in 2006 he was the co winner of both the Best Screenplay Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain.

    Telegraph Days By Larry McMurtry

    Commentaires:

    Mick
    Pound for pound, few writers can compare with Larry McMurtry The Pulitzer Prize winner has penned several contempary classics among them, Terms of Endearment , The Last Picture Show , and the epic Lonesome Dove So it s beyond disappointment when a writer as talented as McMurtry spits out a contrived, one dimensional shell of a novel And that s being kind to TELEGRAPH DAYS, McMurtry s alleged spoof of the cheap dime store novels of the 19th Century This is a Western dominated by unimagination by [...]

    Kani
    Since I listened to this book rather than read it, part of my review has to go to the reader Annie Potts did an incredible job of making the diverse characters of the old west come alive Especially our heroine, raised during the Civil War and come of age in the wild west of all our old favorites from Wild Bill to Buffalo Bill and everyone in between She witnesses all the famous cowboy events of the time and does so with the perspective and demeanor of a Lady It was so fun I didn t want it to end [...]

    Chris
    This was a short novel on audio that I enjoyed listening to at times I couldn t read a real book.It s a nice little picture of the old west through the eyes of Nellie Courtwright, a telegrapher and businesswoman Along the way in her story, she meets just about all of the old west legends.It s a little tongue in cheek, and a little dab into history at the same time It has a dose of realism, showing how it wasn t all about blazing gunfights, but did show how those legends could evolve.What I reall [...]

    Ashley
    Sigh This book was so good in the beginning I loved the spunky heroine Nellie and the writing was actually funny I thought it was going to be a fun light hearted western spoof But then Nellie started sleeping with every man she met and then left town with Buffalo Bill Cody although she didn t sleep with him She tried though By then the book felt rushed and churned out and just got dumb really fast It s like McMurtry just wrote this for some fast money from his publisher.

    Eric
    Fluff, and not in a particularly good way I d call it a slutty 19th century Forrest Gump, but that s an insult to sluts, the 19th century, and Forrest Gump I only gave this one star because won t let you rate a book 0 stars.

    Meg
    I was surprised, when I read this book, at how truly boring it was, given the good reviews it had received I am guessing that the reviewers were reminiscing on the quality of McMurtry s Lonesome Dove than on the quality of the writing in this particular novel The book began well enough, and the main character of Nellie started off full of mouth and grit However, there was no character development, the woman s mouth and spunk became annoying over time and the character remained shallow There wer [...]

    Jimmy
    Howdy pardner Reckon y all wonderin if this here book was any good Well, dadgumit if this ain t one of the finest western books I ever listened to And if you ain t in cahoots with the Earp brothers, you ll probably like it too Mr McMurtry has written hisself another rootin tootin shoot em up This time with a lady narrator I know what you re thinkin What A lady narrator What in tarnation does a lady know about the ol west Well, this one, read by Miss Annie Potts, knows quite a bit She s a telegra [...]

    CindySlowReader
    About halfway through, this good story with a strong young heroine turned into a kind of western soft porn I was disappointed Three stars for the first half.

    Justin
    Dang, there s such a melancholy wit in the language of the west and it s so pure in all of Larry McMurtry s novels It s not just within the local vernacular but also in the stories that the people of the great plains find interesting enough to relate to folks who dutifully listen I chose this book to read over the weekend because I was to spend that time very near the place where most of this book takes place and I wanted to, along with the accompanying visuals of the plains, match the cadence a [...]

    Sandie
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME, September 1, 2008 By Bookworm St George Utah See all my reviewsLarry McMurtrys Telegraph Days give us a glimpse of the old west from a woman s perspective The woman in question is a 22 year old Virginia native, Nellis Courtright who with her 17 year old brother, Jackson, resides in the town of Rio Blanca, a nothing little place located in an area known as no mans land The towns tenuous claim to fame comes from a gunfig [...]

    Meg
    I was surprised, when I read this book, at how truly boring it was, given the good reviews it had received I am guessing that the reviewers were reminiscing on the quality of McMurtry s Lonesome Dove than on the quality of the writing in this particular novel The book began well enough, and the main character of Nellie started off full of mouth and grit However, there was no character development, the woman s mouth and spunk became annoying over time and the character remained shallow There wer [...]

    Daniel
    In Telegraph Days, Larry McMurtry combines something of a tall tale with a revisionist Western, producing a quick, enjoyable read in the process The tall tale aspect of the novel comes from the narrator, Nellie Courtright, crossing paths with almost every signficiant real life Western figure Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill Cody, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickock, and Wyatt Earp and his brothers among them as well as being an eyewitness to the shootout at the OK Corral.The book s revisioni [...]

    Heather
    Well, this is kind of weird I guess it s supposed to be a comic ish tale of life in the Old West via the narrator Nellie Courtright, but it seems weird Like, it starts the day after her father suicided himself, and she kind of doesn t give a shit about it, but does give a shit about making out with every dude she meets Which would be funny if it were meant to be a dry commentary on what a heartless person she is And maybe it s supposed to be, but I guess it just kind of feels empty to me And th [...]

    John Strohm
    This book started with great potential a young man and woman who descended from minor gentry in Virginia find themselves alone in the West The first few chapters are pretty entertaining, although you get a nagging worry as Nellie keeps mentioning famous historical figures who she dated You think, Oh, that ll probably go away and keep reading.But nope, the last two thirds of the book is an endless procession of celebrity cameos many of them pointless For example, she s on a train with a rare pear [...]

    Jay
    This started off over the top, and by the end I was wishing it stayed at that level throughout the book Instead, it veers into Western sexcapade territory How to describe.I think it s best described by movies Take as a base The Unsinkable Molly Brown mixed liberally with Forrest Gump Give it the style of Seth MacFarlane s A Million Ways to Die in the West And aim toward the young adult teen demographic by including a lot of humor and cartoonish sex, while aiming at a PG rating And name drop, and [...]

    Philip
    Read any of the other 1 star reviews to see what the many problems are with this book No need to repeat them here, since all the reviews say basically the same thing Nellie Courtright is basically the Forrest Gump of the Old West if Forrest was intelligent, a woman, and a complete slut Packed with way too many characters look, there s General Sherman for two pages serving no purpose whatsoever there is surprisingly little real plot past the first couple of chapters, when a potentially strong sto [...]

    Seth Kolloen
    I only give this one star to warn you off it it s not as bad as all that, but you should really pick up a different McMurtry book I ve probably read 20 of his, he s one of my two or three favorite authors, and this is by far the weakest.Telegraph Days has a fascinating main character, but that s as far as he got There s really no story, just a bunch of different incidents that don t tie together much at all More like notes for a novel than a fully fleshed work If I started to give you a list of [...]

    Janis
    In the beginning of Telegraph Days, Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson shake up the sleepy old west town of Rita Blanca I would have been happy if the story stayed right there But in further adventures, Nellie drifts around the country, meeting up with figures from western history and lore I loved McMurtry s dialogue and the main characters in this story but disliked the drifting plot and lack of cohesion Best I listened to it on cd, and the reader, Annie Potts, was pitch perfect.

    Northpapers
    A spunky woman goes around the American West, meets all the famous people of the time, enjoys vigorous copulation with most of the men,and participates in the marketing of her era.Problem is, she s two dimensional, impervious, and improbable So her journey from event to event doesn t do anything to change her, and it begins to feel like a clever catalog of who was who in the Wild West, with an unconvincing lesson at the end, a bunch of witty dialogue and tons of unsexy sex.

    Beth
    We listened to Annie Potts read this novel, and her voice brought Nellie Courtright to life in such a way that we started talking to each other with a twang McMurty peppers this novel with the legends we boomers grew up thinking were heroes, but the real heroes were people like Nellie and her little brother, Jackson A great introduction to the old west and McMurtry s love and respect for the people who settled there.

    Terry Cornell
    Not one of McMurtry s best written books, but still enjoyable Written from the point of view of a woman who becomes a telegraph operator in the waning days of the wild west Reminds me a little of Thomas Berger s Little Big Man in that this fictional character meets several historic figures of the time I really like the story line, and how McMurtry ended the story Overall an entertaining read.

    Paul Parsons
    A quick, entertaining read of the Wild West as only McMurtry can tell it The heroine is a little like Forrest Gump and just happens to be witness to all the old characters and events that have come to be memorialized about those days in the late 1800s I admitted to even getting a little emotional as her story wraps up and the characters die or fade away Not the Lonesome Dove it was touted to be on the inside cover, but still very worthwhile.

    Tim
    McMurtry never fails totally entertaining even on a second, or third reading Be careful, LM will catch you unawares and send you into fits of mirth He s an author that makes me feel like I m the luckiest person in the world because I read What can you ask of a book author I love Nellie, her voice, and her world view

    Robert
    One of McMurtry s most entertaining books, if smaller in scale than the Lonesome Dove series The heroine is a gutsy telegraph operator whose job puts her in contact with Buffalo Bill and other western legends.I don t know if the prolific McMurtry plans any sequels, but as a light hearted look at Western myth making, this makes a wonderful companion to Buffalo Girls.

    Pam
    Love Annie Potts reading Love Larry s Old West characters, especially his women I expected to google Marie Antoinette Courtwright Clarke find she was a real historical figure.

    Mwrogers
    Barely 3 stars Listened to Annie Potts read this audio book which made the experience better than the book actually was If I had a dollar for every time the word copulating or stiffy was used I could go out and buy a nice steak dinner.

    James Wethington
    I believe this novel was a retelling of Blanche Devereaux during the Wild, Wild West It did not flow at all and every encounter Nellie had with famous individuals from that time period seemed forced or coincidental I have heard McMurty is a great author but this book was a major dud.

    Thomas Holbrook
    Someday Larry McMurtry will no longer write books That day the literary world will grow significantly darker This author s writing ability continues to be a delight in style, subject, observation and context While this book is no Lonesome Dove there is at least one major omission in this novel it is one of Mr McMurtry s better efforts I read this novel six and a half years ago, listening to it read to me made a well written, funny, and likable novel all the fun.The novel is set in what is now O [...]

    Rachel
    One thing I will say for this book it does a pretty good job of mirroring, in novel form, Buffalo Bill Cody s Wild West shows There s a little bit of everything, none of it quite fully polished Among the cast of characters are Buffalo Bill, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, General George Custer, all of whom are involved, at some point or another, in the requisite gun fights And Nellie Courtright s narration of all of these characters, and events like the shootout at O.K Corral, lend an air [...]

    Iowa City Public Library
    After their father hung himself to death Marie Antoinette Nellie Courtright and her brother, Jackson are left orphaned in Rita Blanca, a small dusty town located in what will eventually become the Oklahoma panhandle, but for now is simply known as No Man s Land Nellie describes herself as twenty two, kissable, and of an independent disposition , attributes that when mixed with luck and opportunity put her next to, or in bed with just about every legendary figure of the Old West Buffalo Bill, Wya [...]

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