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Are McMurtry's modern novels as good as his historical western fiction?I am a huge...

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mattfoster | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:03 AM via web

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Are McMurtry's modern novels as good as his historical western fiction?

I am a huge McMurtry fan but have only read his historical western fiction.  I'm curious as to whether his novels set in the modern era are equally good.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2012 at 4:07 AM (Answer #2)

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It’s difficult to predict whether you will enjoy his modern novels as much as his historical ones without knowing more about you. Both sets of neovels have been equally appreciated by critics, and both deal with western themes, so in a general sense they can be described as equally good. But the important question here isn’t some abstract sense of goodness, but what books you’d enjoy reading.

A way to decide whether you would enjoy them is to ask yourself what you enjoy about the historical works. If it’s the author’s style and approach, you probably would enjoy works set in other periods by the same author. If it’s the geographical setting, you’d probably enjoy most western novels. If your real interest is western history, you’d probably enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction about the historical west by a variety of authors.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM (Answer #3)

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Generally, if you like an author's book you will like the others regardless of genre. Chances are you will enjoy the author's style and plotting, as well as uses of characterization. Even if you like historical fiction or westerns, you will likely still enjoy the novels.

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