Reviews of Texasville (1987)
Review by michael a draper (2012-09-17)
"Texasville," is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show." It picks up thirty years after events in the first novel. Now the town of "Thalia, Texas is getting ready for their centennial celebration.
Duane Moore is an oil man with huge debts. The town of Thalia exploded in wealth and growth after years of prosperity due, mostly, to the oil business. Then OPEC cut prices and everyone seemed to be going broke.
Duane enjoys the easy life for himself and his family. He does little to remedy his financial problems.
In a meeting about the centennial celebration, some people wonder who the town should select as special citizens of honor but they can't think of anyone who deserves this.
Duane is having a mid-life crisis and spends much of his time reminiscing about his high school days when he was the quarterback of the football team.
Then, his high school girlfriend moves back to town after an acting career in Europe and complicates things.
I did enjoy the well described characters but never got excited about the story. It was not up to the level of "The Last Picture Show."
(This review refers to the 1987 version titled “Texasville”)