Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Loop Group

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Loop Group

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Loop Group, by Larry McMurtry. Simon & Schuster, December 2004. $25

Larry McMurtry won the Pulitzer Prize for Lonesome Dove. That fact alone gave me high hopes for his new novel Loop Group. However, this book disappoints in many ways. Maggie and Connie, the two main characters in the story, are nothing like any flesh and blood women I've ever met. Are there women in their sixties who are so crass, appearance-oriented, sex-driven, and drug and alcohol-dependent? Okay, the novel is set in Hollywood, so maybe I'm naïve. Even so, if people like these two do exist, I'm loathe to spend two hundred and forty pages with them.

McMurtry also attempts to adopt a colloquial style by using phrases like "kind of" and "sort of." The result is not a familiar tone, but instead clunky and tedious prose. And the plot? Let's just say that if this book were a movie, I'd have been looking for an excuse to leave in the middle. …

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