The Evening Star: A Novel

by Larry McMurtry

Hardcover, 1992

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Simon & Schuster (1992), Edition: 1st, 637 pages


Fiction. Literature. Western. HTML:The earthy humor and the powerful emotional impact that set McMurtry's Terms of Endearment apart from other novels now rise to brilliant new heights with The Evening Star. McMurtry takes us deep into the heart of Texas, and deep into the heart of one of the most memorable characters of our time, Aurora Greenway�along with her family, friends, and lovers�in a tale of affectionate wit, bittersweet tenderness, and the unexpected turns that life can take. This is Larry McMurtry at his very best: warm, compassionate, full of comic invention, an author so attuned to the feelings, needs, and desires of his characters that they possess a reality unique in American fiction.

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LibraryThing member writestuff
n Larry McMurtry's wonderfully funny and poignant novel The Evening Star, the reader meets up again with one of literature's most compelling and honest characters in the name of Aurora Greenway. Feisty, brutally direct and lively - Aurora takes command of this novel from beginning to end. McMurtry
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sets the novel many years after his blockbuster Terms of Endearment and shows the reader the fates of that novel's beloved characters: Tommy, Melanie and Teddy (Emma's children), Aurora's gruff lover The General, and the unflappable Rosie. Told in alternating points of view and spanning nearly twenty years, the reader is tugged into the life of each character to experience all the turmoil, joy, humor and sadness that their journey has to offer.

Some of my favorite parts of this novel were Aurora and Rosie's meditations on age and sex. Their relationship is a fine tribute to long standing women's friendships that only grow stronger as the years pass.

Filled with humor, philosophical meanderings, and the sometimes heartbreaking process of aging, The Evening Star does not is McMurtry at his finest

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LibraryThing member russelllindsey
It was a strong book, but not as good as "Terms of Endearment."
LibraryThing member santhony
McMurtry reprises the character of Aurora Greenway, star of his earlier novel, Terms of Endearment.
LibraryThing member hardlyhardy
The pages of Larry McMurtry’s 637-page novel “The Evening Star” (1992) seem to turn by themselves even if reading about the sex lives of senior citizens may not be one’s idea of a good time.

Aurora Greenway, the central character in “Terms of Endearment,” returns in this sequel older but
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not necessarily wiser. Now in her 70s, Aurora shares her bed with Hector, a retired general a decade older. But Hector no longer satisfies in that bed, so she remains open to other possibilities, including her much younger analyst, Jerry.

Rosie, her longtime maid, is a woman of similar age with similar appetites. Over the years their relationship has become a close friendship, even if one does work for the other. They complain that men are weak jerks, yet they are always on the hunt for these men, much like the aging women in McMurtry's later novel “Loop Group.”

The novel has a large cast of characters that includes Aurora's three troubled grandchildren (Emma, her daughter, died in the earlier novel) and her great-grandchildren. As the novel opens, Tommy is in prison for murder. Teddy suffers from mental illness, as does his wife and apparently their infant son, Bump. Melanie, the plump granddaughter, lives her life trying to please a boyfriend who keeps leaving her for hotter women, then returning. But by the end of the novel, which covers a number of years, all three of these grandchildren manage to make something like success out of their lives.

McMurtry constantly flips the novel's point of view from one character to another, sometimes as often as three or four times in a couple of pages. Even the babies have a point of view, which is how we suspect Bump may not exactly be a well-balanced child.

Old people eventually die, and death finds a number of the characters in this novel, including Aurora herself. Even so McMurtry's narrative remains light and breezy, often hilarious, sometimes wise and always compelling. And so the pages keep flying by.
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