February is now upon us, and that can only mean one thing—the latest incarnation of Joshua and Drew’s Pulitzer reading challenge has been decided upon.
This month, we will be tackling one of the books that we have been dreading since we set out on this journey: Larry McMurtry’s 1986 winner, Lonesome Dove. This novel stands at a formidable 821 pages and chronicles the Old West “as it really was” (at least that’s the way its described on my edition’s book flap).
So, 1) we’ve been quaking in our boots at the mere length of the novel, and 2) we’ve been apprehensive about reading Western novels this entire time, and 3) Larry McMurtry is so full of himself that we both think it’s safe to assume this novel is probably incredibly over-written.
But I digress.
Here’s the wager: the first one to finish this novel over the span of February gets to choose another McMurtry novel for the loser to read after the Pulitzer Project is over. I believe Joshua has chosen Dead Man Walking, and I think I might choose Terms of Endearment.
Let the challenge commence!