CowboySpirit.com – As the author of Lonesome Dove and The LAST PICTURE SHOW , the Texas-theme entry into this Houston area novel is typical – little else is for McMurtry. Written predominantly while living in Europe, this book came after intense reading of 19th century classic authors and many references to the soul and intimate relations in this novel compare to the great accomplishments of novelists 100 years earlier.
More feminine than his usual novel, the book’s most feminine character is a “woman”: Aurora Horton – an extremely strong willed and almost founder-to-the-core feminist, who simultaneously flirts and commands numerous male suitors as her widow’s life strangely appeals to her. Her dialogue and constant contrarian comments make her one of literature’s great characters. And the strength of her character makes one only conclude he was right when he said ”I think good novelists, or most of them, realize that if you want to learn anything about emotion, you have to talk to women. You won’t find out from men…. All through the history of the novel, you know, women have been the emotional articulators. And I’ve always had very deep women friends — everything I learned, I learned from women.”
Aurora, for all practical purposes, is the book. She has a venomous tongue and berates everyone who is within listening distance. And, at times such actions are relatively mild when compared to her silent treatment. “He waited for her to apologize, but she merely sat looking at him. Her words were bad enough, but her silence was so infuriating he couldn’t stand it.” If one held their breath while waiting for an Aurora apology, their life could be counted in seconds.
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