#123- McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, with Brett McKay (Art of Manliness) Part 1


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This week, Scott and Karl are joined by special guest Brett McKay, founder of The Art of Manliness, to discuss Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

An epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove may be the grandest novel ever written about the lawless American West. It also happens to be Brett's favorite fictional novel of all time.

While western novels are some of the most genre-specific books, Lonesome Dove takes a slightly different approach. Scott says, “I turn to my Westerns for idealism, for heroism, for a picture of the good, for a picture of what freedom best-lived looks like. That ain’t in here.”

As Brett points out, one of McMurtry's main themes you'll find throughout his fiction is how one can deal with uncertainty. Karl argues, "For me, it wasn’t necessarily about uncertainty. It was a novel about the border of civilization. The border has gone past these guys, and they don’t like it.”

Tune in to hear Part One of the trio's conversation on this monumental novel. Brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.

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