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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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Jeff of Earth-J said:

A good friend of mine was born and brought up in Witchita Falls, TX, close to Archer City (Larry McMurty's hometown) where The Last Picture Show was filmed. She hadn't seen the movie but had read the novel and characterized it as "everyone having sex with everyone else." I didn't remember it that way (there were two sex scenes that stood out in my memory of the book), so I read it a second time (this would have been circa 2004) and I'll be darned if she wasn't right. But Texasville? Man! Talk about everyone having sex with everyone else! 

I've driven through Archer City probably a couple of hundred times by now going visit family out further west. I had a cousin who told me about 20 years ago, the only things to do out there are: drink and screw. Maybe Larry McMurtry nailed it.

Searching For Bobby Fisher. As might be expected, the book delves much more deeply into the world of chess and chess playing minutiae than the movie.

"I've driven through Archer City probably a couple of hundred times by now going visit family out further west. I had a cousin who told me about 20 years ago, the only things to do out there are: drink and screw. Maybe Larry McMurtry nailed it."

Archer City is a place I've wanted to visit ever since moving to Texas, but I never got around to it for that very reason. Besides, even more than the movie theater, I'd want to see the pool hall, and that building is no longer standing. (In Texasville, Sonny had turned it into a video gamer arcade.) 

Have you ever driven through Anarene, TX (the ghost town eight miles south of Archer City)? Thalia (based on Archer City) was renamed "Anarene" for the movies (and Duane Moore was renamed Duane "Jackson"). 

Jeff said:

Archer City is a place I've wanted to visit ever since moving to Texas, but I never got around to it for that very reason. Besides, even more than the movie theater, I'd want to see the pool hall, and that building is no longer standing. (In Texasville, Sonny had turned it into a video gamer arcade.) Have you ever driven through Anarene, TX (the ghost town eight miles south of Archer City)? Thalia (based on Archer City) was renamed "Anarene" for the movies (and Duane Moore was renamed Duane "Jackson").

Nah, I've never been to either one. I had to look at a map to see where Thalia was. I was always in a rush to get out west, or in a rush to get back home. I know my mom stopped at the book store in Archer City a few times.

For completion's sake, I spent most of my time at my grandpa's farm that was a couple of mile east of Rhineland, TX.

Last winter, my wife and I watched Norwegian Wood, the 2010 film based on the 1987 Haruki Murakami. novel inspired by the 1965 Beatles song.

(you may require a breather after that sentence)

I'm currently reading the novel. Even it translation, it's quite compelling.

"I had to look at a map to see where Thalia was."

I didn't even know Thalia was a real city until I Googled it just now!

(I thought it was a fictional name for Archer City.)

I love Murakami's stuff.  

JD DeLuzio said:

Last winter, my wife and I watched Norwegian Wood, the 2010 film based on the 1987 Haruki Murakami. novel inspired by the 1965 Beatles song.

(you may require a breather after that sentence)

I'm currently reading the novel. Even it translation, it's quite compelling.

DUANE'S DEPRESSED: This is the third in Larry McMurtry's series set in and around Thalia, TX. Texasville took place when Duane Moore, the central character, was 48 years old. I found myself identifying with him quite a bit. Duane's Depressed opens when Duane is 62 and takes us through two years of his life. I feel as if, in some ways, I am looking into my own future. Duane reads Thoreau's Walden and Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Although I've read Walden, I've never before read Proust, but I can honestly say I came out of the book with a greater understanding of his work than I did going in. A lot of shocking developments happened in Duane's Depressed, which wouldn't mean anything to anyone not familiar with the characters. I can hardly wait to move on to the next book in the series. 

Oh, one (or two) other things... In Texasville, McMurtry wrote in a cameo for Willie Nelson, but it was not in the movie version. In Duane's Depressed, McMurtry mentions that the longest book Duane had read prior to Proust was Lonesome Dove (also by McMurtry). 

I read the first two volumes of Proust's book, and decided that I wasn't going to live long enough to read the other five.  

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz the latest, licensed James Bond novel. A prequel to Casino Royale, Horowitz gives his take on Bond earning his 007 ranking and his subsequent first assignment from M. Horowitz does a good job emulating the Ian Fleming writing style. The story itself has enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Recommended.

Oh, I remember reading a review of that a couple of years ago but it slipped my mind.

Thanks for the reminder to buy it!

WHEN THE LIGHT GOES: At 193 pages, this is the shortest installment of Larry McMurty's "Thalia" series. Duane's Depressed was written in three parts, each quite different in tone from the other two. When the Light Goes picks up Duane Moore's story two weeks after the end of Duane's Depressed and reads like a fourth part of the previous narrative, as different from the other three as they are from each other. (In that respect, it is the longest of the four parts.)  The early chapters serve as a summary, primarily of Duane's Depressed.

There are slight contradictions throughout (as there are with any novel series, I suppose), but it would be perfectly easy for a new reader to star here and skip the previous three (although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it). In Texasville, Duane had four kids and two grandkids; in Duane's Depressed, he had nine grandkids. I had been looking forward to seeing how the first two grandkids grew up, but they are barely mentioned. His own children's character do change and develop over the years, however. 

By When the Light Goes, most of the main characters from The Last Picture Show and Texasville are dead. As the book opens, Ruth Popper is still alive (95 years old), but Cloris Leachman (who played her in the movies) is now dead. Before the book is over, Ruth is dead, too, and Duane has had two heart attacks and triple bypass surgery. 

There was a lot of sex in Texasville, but it was mostly offscreen, so to speak. In Duane's Depressed there was less, and in When the Light Goes, when Duane is 64, there was none... up to a point. Then it becomes practically pornographic (with emphasis on the graphic). There's one more book in the series, although When the Light Goes brings the story to such a conclusion I don't where McMurtry is going to take the story from here. I'm eager to find out, though.

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