[The Desert Rose] Free Ñ Larry McMurtry

Out of hearing in Reno three weeks later I love how his characters write themselvesIf you have not read McMurtry you should All my Friends are Going to be Strangers Moving On and then Terms of Endearment are a must read They are different stories with some of the same characters a trilogy of sorts This novel I

decided to read because I to read longer novels and Larry McMurtry wrote lots of longer novels and my local library has a copy of this novel s seuel and it s 500 pages or so and this one is short but it sets me up later on Also I am looking to move back into McMurtry s fiction specially his contemporary fiction whether this means contemporary in year published or contemporary in year set This novel takes place in Las Vegas in the 1970s and is about a 39 year old stripper You can imagine HER POSITION IS RATHER PRECARIOUSWHAT STRUCK ME IMMEDIATELY ABOUT position is rather precariousWhat struck me immediately about novel from the outset is the position of Las Vegas in our collective consciousness as the West in general I have never been to Las Vegas personally and in my travels out west I flew over Tahoe The Shadow Reader en route to Sacramento and San Francisco and saw lots ofpisodes of Reno 911 and have seen tons of Las Vegas movies But But do I consider Las Vegas to be The West I dunno I don t mean to deny it its status but I also don t think of it much beyond being Las Vegas if that makes senseSo anyway all that said it s a solid novel It s very arly 1980s and reminds me a lot of the straightforward if cut to the chase narration of Raymond Carver It s not a complex or challenging novel and given Larry McMurtry s own sense of the novel he hates it I am inclined to be interested in it than he is Because of my Larry McMurtry kick I don t know that I can be trusted with it but I didn T HATE IT FIND IT INTERESTING AND THINK IT hate it find it interesting and think it worthy of not dismissing it I honestly rushed through this book because I couldn t wait for it to be over I was initially going to rate this as one star but the nd of the book was better than the beginning I hated the run on sentences that I ve seen many others complain about as well I also couldn t feel sorry for the main character Harmony her life was full of insecurities due to worrying about aging and fleeting beauty and her mind was always on attracting horrible men I had sympathy for her daughter Pepper since she was a naive child and didn t really have a good mother figure to follow There wasn t a lot of depth to the characters in this book which was disappointing to me Apparently there is a seuel coming out soon I may check it out just to. Kets drive in wedding chapels and all night casinos While Harmony's star is fading her beautiful cynical daughter Pepper's is on the rise But Harmony remains wistful and optimistic through it all She is the unexpected blossom in the wasteland the tough and tender desert rose Hers is a loving portrait that only Larry McMurtry could rend. This wasn t the most profound book nor did it have the most beautifully written passages but it was a treat to read I finished this in the time span but it was a treat to read I finished this in the time span two plane rides one of them really really bumpy The characters are so fully flushed and vibrant it s hard not to Look a fair rating would be two stars but I like McMurtry I don t know if the cowboy books as I ve never read one are as fun as the contemporary ones and I doubt I will ver read a McMurtry western but I m so in the bag for him that I d probably convince myself I liked it whether I do or not Always been a romantic and his books are lad lit without uite so much man stink on them I wouldn t say his women are that convincing maybe ven less so for actual Harmony is a Las Vegas showgirl At night she s a lead dancer in a casino during the day she raises peacocks She s one of a dying breed of dancers faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an ven bleaker future Yet she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermarkets drive in wedding chapels and all night casinosThis is the first Larry McMurtry book I have read and I did really njoy it I don t think I have read a book set in did really njoy it I don t think I have read a book set in Vegas before and certinly not one about a showgirl Its is a sweet and sometimes sad book I hought the relationship between Harmony and her daughter Pepper is a difficult one neither of them really understanding the other Harmony a woman who turns 39 during the book I was 39 last weekend is a woman whose life hasn t lived up to her xpectations and dreams and she is forever looking back to what she thought of as better times A gentle reflective read which makes me look forward to reading by this author McMurtry is one of a kind The same brain that concocts tales of the cowboys with bigger and BOLDER EASE ALSO ILLUMINATES SMALL LIVES GIVING GRACE DISTINCTION ease also illuminates small lives giving grace distinction characters we would never look twice at in real life He s the patron saint of veryday literary miracles Fun read about low down life in Las Vegas I kept thinking Larry McMurtry wrote this book It is totally not what I xpected definitely not his best work and a disappointment for me Harmony is a 39 year old Las Vegas showgirl who is on the way out while her beautiful daughter Pepper is on her way in as a lead dancer in the show Harmony once Miss Las Vegas Showgirl is the beautiful star of the show and descends on a disc two times a night in a feathered costume In the day time she raises three peacocks in her backyard Her daughter has been training to be a dancer since she was a little girl Since the manag. Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry writes novels set in the American heartland but his real territory is the heart itself His gift for writing about women their love for reckless hopeless men; their ability to see the good in losers; and their peculiar combination of motional strength and sudden weakness makes The Desert Rose the bi. Er doesn t want both a mother and a daughter in the show Harmony is fired on her birthdayEvery character in this book is dysfunctional with not an intelligent one in the bunch They are all uirky too Her best Friend Jessie Is A Hypochondriac Her Neurotic Jessie is a hypochondriac Her neurotic manager Gary is gay Her next door neighbor Myrtle has a perpetual garage sale going and a goat named Maud for a pet Harmony s manager Bonventre never says a kind word Her daughter is sulky immature and not nice to her mother Harmony also has a revolving door parade of boyfriends who are second rate And Mel an older very rich man would like to marry sixteen year old Pepper He also likes to photograph her in vintage lingerie but he s a nice man The list goes on I think I will stick with Larry McMurtry westerns in the future And I thought McMurtry was only Lonesome Dove The preface in the book I read by McMurtry describes how the Desert Rose volved while he was still writing Lonesome Dove I love it when the author does that It adds some history and perspective to the story Anyway it was a good pool side read You had to love Harmony she just keep moving forward As a feminist her relationships with all these looser men was a bit of an irritant but such is life Daughter Pepper in all her beauty has a lot of difficult growing up to do I heard there is a seuel that does just that This is a re read for me from my favorite author of all time It is the story of Harmony a Las Vegas Showgirl the book was written in 1983 and her daughter Pepper who want to follow in her mother s footsteps It is about a mother and her daughter as soon as you begin reading you are thrust in the middle of their lives Told back and forth between the two Harmony s narrative resonated with me because of her struggles to understand her daughter as well as her Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling experiences as a woman Pepper is young selfish and resentful of her mother But McMurtry s writing is not overly dramatic matter of fact than anythinglse I love how he can write from a woman s point of view I read the prologue after I finished the book and was amazed to hear he
it in 3 weeks He in the middle of writing Lonesome Dove and had stalled out after 1200 pages And as McMurtry writes My characters seemed to be moving at an ox like paceI didn t know and in fact was growing a little bored with their slow trek over the plains I needed a vacation And that vacation was the writing of The Desert Rose He writes that finding Harmony was a great relief to meI did like writing Harmony and her friends and was sorry when she strolled. Ttersweet funny and touching book that it is Harmony is a Las Vegas showgirl At night she's a lead dancer in a gambling casino; during the day she raises peacocks She's one of a dying breed of dancers faced with fewer and fewer jobs and an ven bleaker future Yet she maintains a calm cheerfulness in that arid neon landscape of supermar.

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