Xanga Post Friday June 2, 2006
My summer reading has gotten off to a bit of a late start. However, my first choice is Telegraph Days, the latest by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, Larry McMurtry. I'm not far into it, but I like it a lot. Of course, if you've been reading this blog for awhile, then you already know that I'm a huge McMurtry fan anyway. However, EW gave it a B+ in its latest issue as well as having Stephen King name McMurtry as the greatest contemporary Western novelist. I would say he's quite possibly the greatest living American novelist period. King recommends the four-book Berrybender Narratives. I would second this recommendation. These novels capture McMurtry's style and wit and passion for the West better than anything else he's written of late. Of course, they've added his recent Academy Award win to his bio. I'm glad he won. I wish he had won for something else.