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Old 09-08-2019, 06:18 PM
nelliebly is offline
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Originally Posted by Beckdawrek View Post
Cap'n Call in Lonesome Dove was a serious asshole.
Really? I didn't watch the miniseries, but understanding Call required getting inside his head, which a TV miniseries couldn't do. (It also helps to read the other books in the series, particularly Dead Man's Walk, which covers Call's and McCrae's youth.) In Call, McMurtry takes the archetype of the cool and laconic cowboy and turns it inside out. His silence isn't a strength. Call is a man hamstrung by his inability to understand emotions in himself or other people, and his silence isn't a strength, as it's often portrayed in westerns. He suffers for it. He's actually a tragic character.