He had always supposed that passion would eventually subside, and that when it did life would be calm. He had once rowed a little boat across the Bay of Naples at sunset, and when he though back on the experience he realized that he had hoped that was more or less how old age would be: serene, beautiful, calm, with sky and water in harmony. But here he was, his hands shaking, calling from the second floor of Aurora’s house to the first floor, pleading with her to come back up and see him and, if possible, bring him a scrap of bacon, or something to eat. It wasn’t much like the Bay of Naples at sunset with the evening star bright in the sky. -From The Evening Star, page 165-
In 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 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 disappoint…it is McMurtry at his finest