Keep the Changeby Thomas McGuane
Joe Starling, a man teetering on the edge of spectacular failures--as an artist, rancher, lover, and human being--is also a man of noble ambitions. His struggle to right himself is mesmerizing, hilarious, and profoundly moving.
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Thomas McGuane lives in McLeod, Montana. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and three collections of stories.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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In this story Joe Starling struggles to find where his true home is. He moves from place to place and uses several women. After years away from the west, Joe returns to Montana and tries to find who he is and what he wants. Looking at this book from a historical point of view it is accurate by depicting the time period of the Vietnam War. Smitty, Joe's uncle, suffered mental problems from the war. The historical accuracy was clear but the purpose was not. The purpose of the book seemed to be to find ones self but at the end of the book Joe did not. Joe went to college to be a painter even though his father never approved. Joe returned to Montana sometime after his father died since his father loved Montana. He wanted to finally make his father proud by owning the ranch. Joe never painted after that. He did not find who he was; rather he tried to find approval. The book does not seem like it has an ending. The character did not develop to his full potential. The imagery of the west is incredible but the dialogue is not. I would not recommend this book to an avid western book reader.