Town Duane dreams of the Day He And Jacy Will he and Jacy will married and can perform conjugal activities together unaware that his girl views him as a distraction from boredom and a tool against her mother
Lois the fiercest woman in town Lois idea of a suitable boy is Lester Marlow a citified the fiercest woman in town Lois idea of a suitable boy is Lester Marlow a citified who succeeds in luring Jacy away from a dance at the American Legion Hall to a pool party in Wichita Falls where the rich kids attend naked Jacy and Lester had not been gone from the dance ten minutes before word got around that they were going to a swimming party where everyone would be naked The reason word got around so fast was that Lester told several of the younger kids about it ust before he left He told them he and Jacy were going to swim naked ust like everybody else It was almost past belief but when the kids saw him actually drive away with Jacy they instantly believed it and began to talk about it Nothing wilder had ever been heard of in Thalia it was even wilder than actually making out because that was customarily done in the dark and nothing much could be seenIn no time there were groups of excited boys standing around speculating about the look of Jacy s breasts They even had a hot argument over whether or not blond girls really had blond hair underneath their panties Some of the younger illiterate kids thought that all women had black hair in that particular place but the better read youths convinced them otherwise by reference to the panty dropping scene in I the Jury a book the local drugstore could never keep in stockWhile Duane experiences the ups and downs of dating a local celebrity Sonny finds himself without a girl to court The only other woman in Thalia he lusts in any way after is Genevieve a punchy waitress pulling down all night shifts at the diner while her roughneck husband recuperates from an injury That changes when Coach Popper offers to get Sonny out of his afternoon classes if he ll drive the coach s wife Ruth to a doctor s appointment in Olney As delicate as a mouse and almost as rarely seen Ruth finds companionship she desperately needs in Sonny while the boys finds something he desperately needs alone with Ruth Meanwhile Jacy begins sneaking away from Duane to cavort with the senior nudists in Wichita Falls every chance she gets She determines to make their host Bobby Sheen fall in love with her and comes close one late night until Bobby discovers Jacy is a virgin Determined to give her backward and country image a makeover Jacy determines to lose her virginity to Duane on the senior trip to San Francisco The only kink in her strategy is Duane who might not agree to the breakup so easily Jacy considers becoming friendly with Sonny and using him to make Duane ealous When she learns about Sonny and Ruth Popper Jacy determines to put that romance on iceDuane is so sick of Thalia he proposes to Sonny that they take off With donations from Genevieve and Sam the Lion the boys drive the furthest they ve ever been away from home to Matamoros but their adventure south of the border brings sorrow than it does excitement Following the senior trip Jacy activates her battle plan against both Duane and Sonny but she too discovers that rather than feel empowered by sex she seems lonelier than ever view spoilerSam the Lion dies from a massive stroke at the poolhall hide spoiler. Novels set in a sleepy Texas town tells of teenagers taking the final steps from childhood to adulthoo. .
Yes this book was a spotlight on a small town in Texas in the mid 1950 s Yes there were some great characters good and bad One year in th Thalia is a decaying dusty Texas town in with little to offer teenagers Sonny Duane and Jacy They are looking for love experimenting with sex drinking booze and wanting than the town of Thalia can give them This coming of age novel set in the 1950s is populated with eccentric small town characters that hang out at the poolhall the all night cafe and the picture show When the theater closes it s one reason to want to escape this dying town Larry McMurtry does add some humor as he writes a good portrayal of lonely unfulfilled people in this fading rural area Best read of the year so far This ladies and gentlemen is what I call a real page turner I couldn t turn them uickly enough and although this was a very down to earth story always my favourite kind I was literally over the moon with it Bleak and dark oh so bleak with a sprinkling of brilliant and intelligent humour this was a totally unforgettable story full of eually unforgettable characters As much as I loved Lonesome Dove and was truly impressed with McMurtry s powerful storytelling skills I wasn t expecting to love this novel as much as I did WOW Let me try and explain clearly why I think this is a great novel By now most of you friends who ve been following my reviews know I m from a tiny little village in the southwest of Portugal What you don t know is how small that small little village actually is so I m going to tell you now so we all can be sure that I know perfectly well what I m talking about We re talking about a place with 500 inhabitants in the 1980 s Yes you read it correctly 500 people living in the middle of nowhere Some didn t even have a TV at the time Can you imagine it Maybe you can t and maybe you never will but I do as I ve been there That s where I learned most of what I know now and lived my teenage years In that small little village I learned that we re all made of the same material and we all want the same things in life Love and understanding Love and companionship And sex obviously McMurtry has also been in that same little place He knows how it feels He wouldn t be able to tell a story like this ust by using his imagination I know he also felt it in his
skin and bones I know he also felt like he had all the time in the world to observe bones I know also felt like he had all the time in the world to observe in the same way one would look at a goldfish swimming around and around all day in its bowl Hell I know some people there better than I know myself and I m sure some of them feel the same way about me Even McMurtry so far away in Texas knows me well Oh so well After Lonesome Dove I wanted to see what McMurtry s writing was like when he wasn t invoking the Great West The novel dedicated to the small Texas town where he grew upThe Last Picture Show is a rather bleak look at life in the 50s Sonny is in high school with his best friend Duane and still a virgin In fact the entire book is about the discovery of sex of most of the primary characters I was a bit taken back by the casual mention of sex with farm animals that was engaged by both Sonny and Duane and their friends I guess things were downhill from the Lonesome Dove world where this was rare and frowned upon I have no idea whether this wasis so prevalent but then havin. Fans of this Pulitzer Prize winning author will want to read the book that started his bestselling tra.