Leaving Cheyenne

Leaving Cheyenne

by Larry McMurtry
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Leaving Cheyenne by Larry McMurtry

My foot's in the stirrup,
My pony won't stand;
Goodbye, old partner,
I'm leaving Cheyenne.

-- Old cowboy song

Leaving Cheyenne, Larry McMurtry's second novel, traces the loves of three West Texas characters as they follow that sundown trail: Gideon Fry, the serious rancher; Johnny McCloud, the free-spirited cowhand; and Molly Taylor, the sensitive woman they both love and who bears them each a son. Tragic circumstances mark the trail but McMurtry's style never turns melodramatic or sentimental.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140052213
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/1979
Series: Contemporary American Fiction Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Texas, Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of
Endearment, and Lonesome Dove. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

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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Leaving Cheyenne 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JavaBean More than 1 year ago
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The novel Leaving Cheyenne by Larry McMurtry is a wonderful story built around the everlasting love triangle among the three main characters. I chose to read this novel because I enjoy reading westerns and it is set in Wyoming in the early 1900's. McMurtry uses amazing visual imagery to bring you to the world of the characters at every moment in the novel. It is incredibly easy to imagine the ranches where memories are made and hearts are broken, and to see how time and technology take their toll on the land. The story spans over sixty years and the strength and endurance of a friendship between two men and the love they both feel for the same woman. Gideon Fry is a rich rancher's son who wants to rebel from his father and the way of life he is destined to inherit, but his conscience always gets in his way. Johnny McCloud is a poor farmer's son who is a cowboy at heart. Molly Taylor, the incredibly strong woman whom Gid and Johnny both love, is the daughter of and alcoholic and has lost every man she has ever cared about. McMurtry was able to write the book from each of these three characters' points of view by dividing the book into three sections. This enables the reader to get to know each one of the characters' personal thoughts, but this format is also a little confusing. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns which keep the pages turning. The characters are forced to make choices between right and wrong, needs and wants, and convenience over comfort. This novel will make you laugh and make you cry. Leaving Cheyenne is beautifully written, and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a great love story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other book I have ever read has captured the feeling of rural Texas life as has Leaving Cheyenne. Being familiar with small-town life and the cowboys that live there, this book seemed to have been written in my back yard. Very touching depiction of love, loss, romance and pride. My favorite book to date.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to finish this book. I expected much better from this author. Not as good as i thought it would be