Some Can Whistle

Some Can Whistle

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by Larry McMurtry
     
 

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"Mr. Deck, are you my stinkin' Daddy?" In a furious phone call from T. R. , the daughter he's never met, Danny Deck gets the jolt of his life. A TV writer who's retired to his Texas mansion, Danny spends his days talking to the answering machines of his ex-lovers from New York to Paris and dreaming of the characters in the sitcom he's created. But suddenly, a

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"Mr. Deck, are you my stinkin' Daddy?" In a furious phone call from T. R. , the daughter he's never met, Danny Deck gets the jolt of his life. A TV writer who's retired to his Texas mansion, Danny spends his days talking to the answering machines of his ex-lovers from New York to Paris and dreaming of the characters in the sitcom he's created. But suddenly, a hurricane called T. R. is storming into his life. . .

In his most moving and richly comic contemporary novel since Texasville, Larry McMurtry returns to the modern West he created so masterfully in The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment. Some Can Whistle spins a tale of Hollywood glitz and Texas grit; of an extraordinary young woman and a murderous young man; and of a middle-aged millionaire running head-on into the longings, joys, and pathos of real life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At 51, fat, lonely and rich Danny Deck (from All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers ) is contacted by his 22-year-old daughter, whom he last saw on the night of her birth. PW was disappointed with McMurtry's performance: ``Full of events that defy credibility, and peopled with characters whose relentless eccentricities are not remotely appealing, the novel further suffers from rampant sentimentality.'' (Sept.)
From the Publisher
The Washington Post Satisfying, sure, masterful, heartbreaking, and beautiful. Don't miss it.

Chicago Tribune Deliciously human comedy...An original, touching love story.

The New York Times Book Review Larry McMurtry can write about anything he wants, and most everything that breathes and is literate will beg for more. Mr. McMurtry's prose stands up and kicks fence posts.

Playboy McMurtry has a gift for probing the poignant depths of parent-child relationships, and the emotional roller-coaster ride of this love affair between father and daughter is a moving, hilarious delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671722135
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
08/01/1990
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.07(d)

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From the Publisher
The Washington Post Satisfying, sure, masterful, heartbreaking, and beautiful. Don't miss it.

Chicago Tribune Deliciously human comedy...An original, touching love story.

The New York Times Book Review Larry McMurtry can write about anything he wants, and most everything that breathes and is literate will beg for more. Mr. McMurtry's prose stands up and kicks fence posts.

Playboy McMurtry has a gift for probing the poignant depths of parent-child relationships, and the emotional roller-coaster ride of this love affair between father and daughter is a moving, hilarious delight.

Meet the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Archer City, Texas
Date of Birth:
June 3, 1936
Place of Birth:
Wichita Falls, Texas
Education:
B.A., North Texas State University, 1958; M.A., Rice University, 1960. Also studied at Stanford University.

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Some Can Whistle 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First time reader of this author. I didnt realize he wrote Terms of Endearment which is one of my all time favorites. I loved this book. It was comicly tragic & made me think long after the book was finished. I loved that the book wasnt a fairy tale that ended with everyone happy & everything tied up in pretty bow. I appreciated the tragic events & how they shaped the end of the story. McMurtry's forte is his wild characters - beautiful and tragic at the same time.
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